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Rules of the road: roundabout vs. traffic signal

October 30, 2011

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So many road bureaucrats claim they oppose roundabouts because they’ll confuse people. Traffic signals (also known as stop lights, temper-inducing stop-and-go features, or death traps) are just easier for drivers to understand. So let’s look at the rules of the road that a driver processes when approaching the two intersection types. [special thanks to Ken Sides […]

Move along people, there is nothing to see here

October 27, 2011

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I’m glad it only took me 4 minutes to wait for the sun to move out of view while I was searching for SRTS treatments. Otherwise I might have been arrested by DC police for suspicious behavior.

Pecha Kucha Night – RVA#1

October 27, 2011

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Opening presentation from Richmond, VA’s first official Pecha Kucha Night.  Thanks to James Mercante for making it possible.

engineering language: “improvements”

October 23, 2011

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The process of transportation “improvement” projects is as follows:  Engineers verify that they have the latest editions of standards that were developed to favor vehicles at the expense of people; Engineers design roads that meet or exceed minimum thresholds in their standards, thereby “improving” the safety of motorists; Drivers are able to move faster and […]

engineers: the silent killers

October 23, 2011

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Consider this fact:  during the 10-year period from 2001 to 2010, over 400,000 people were killed in vehicle crashes in the United States.  That is an average of 110 deaths on our roads every day for 10 years.  It should go without saying that if something could be done by planners and engineers to save […]

lemmings

October 23, 2011

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Lem•ming (noun).  Doomed conformist; a member of a large group of people who blindly follow one another on a course of action that will lead to destruction for all of them. (Encarta Dictionary) En•gi•neer•ing lem•ming (noun).  Conformist; a member of a large group of people who blindly follow one another in the application of design […]

a little background…

October 23, 2011

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Politics, medicine, economics, music, engineering–every occupation is loaded with conformists.  We’re programmed to define success by how well we fit into “normal” cultural molds.  I think the best way individuals can advance their respective profession is to insist on non-conformity.  Thus, the name of this little writing space: conformity is not maturity.