RE: [carfree_cities] Re: Turns on red and the effect
- Louis-Luc said:
>How about putting some bumps a 45 degree angles at each street corners toTraffic engineers have finally figured out that all you have to
>force drivers to stop before turning? Speeding turns are eliminated, but
>that way we could afford permitting right turns on red light. No matter the
>color of the light, all turning cars must stop completely, wait that no one
>is using or about to enter the crosswalk in front or to the right (depending
>on the color of the light), before slowly turning right.
do is to go back to the old, sharp corner radius, which was
universal until fairly recently. This forces cars to slow to
a crawl when cornering.
Further, on the subject of right-turn-on-red, one of the increased risks
is that the driver turning right on red has to look left for cars coming
at him (the serious risk for the driver) while also being supposed to
make sure that there isn't anyone crossing the street (on the right).
It is simply not possible to keep a good eye on both right and left
at the same time. It is for this reason that right turn on red will
always be a risk for pedestrians and should be eliminated. And since the
DRIVER's risk is from the left, it's the pedestrian who only gets a quick
glance (if that).
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- Louis-Luc wrote:
>Talking about right turns on green, I've had to bang a car at severalI would not recommend doing that in the U.S. If you damage the car, the courts will make you pay for it. Even if you damage a car that frightens you by almost running you down. We know from sad experience.
>occasions with my stick to let the driver know he's wrong doing that.
As long as a car does not actually injure a pedestrian, drivers are allowed to do anything they wish. Unfortunately, it appears that the rules are not enforced and apparently will not be enforced in the U.S.
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- An interesting statistic from the US Department of Transportation:
"2000 vehicles per hour sound twice as loud as 200 vehicles per hour".
In other words, if you start with an empty road, the first cars that you
"add" to this road contribute much more to perceived noise than additional
cars. Or, alternately, the last cars that you would remove from a road are
responsible for a disproportionate share of the noise reduction.
And "one truck sounds as loud as 28 cars"!