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Re: [carfree_cities] Traffic Calming: A Nightmare for Americans

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  • Jym Dyer
    ... =v= As you note, the U.S. was inspired by the Nazis to create the Interstate Highway System, so I wouldn t be surprised if U.S. civil engineers got other
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 25, 2004
      > It's interesting that she brings up principles from 1930s
      > Socialist Germany as the principles behind traffic calming.

      =v= As you note, the U.S. was inspired by the Nazis to create
      the Interstate Highway System, so I wouldn't be surprised if
      U.S. civil engineers got other ideas from them as well. I am
      certain that the principles behind traffic calming are *not*
      amongst them, though certain traffic engineering devices may
      well be. To label certain of these devices "traffic calming"
      is absurdly frothingly wrong, though.

      =v= "Traffic calming" is an approach, not a set of devices.
      The approach has nothing to do with Nazis; it came together
      over the last few decades. It is most emphatically *not*
      about blocking the flow of traffic, but rather calming it.
      (Blocking is not calming. A gentle flow is calming.)

      =v= Sometimes old-school traffic engineering gets mislabeled
      "traffic calming," but someone who puts the two words in the
      headline of her article has no business making that mistake.
      <_Jym_>

      P.S.: Not long ago, a _Salon_ article mentioned something
      called "Second Generation Traffic Calming," and we discussed
      it on this list. The article had many errors, but from what
      I gathered, David Engwicht are using this phrase to get past
      the mislabeling and to refocus attention on *actual* traffic
      calming. Engwicht's website describes this much better than
      the _Salon_ article, by the way:

      http://lesstraffic.com

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