engineering language: “improvements”

Posted on 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 have the ability to eat, talk on the phone, text, or read a book while driving;
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accommodations are avoided because engineers point out that roads are too dangerous for anyone outside of a car or truck;
  • High-speed crashes occur, causing property damage, incapacitating injuries, and death;
  • Engineers go back to standards to design more (and wider) lanes so that drivers can maintain their comfort level while driving at high speeds;
  • So-called obstacles like horizontal curvature, street trees, sidewalks, and pedestrians are removed from the public realm to allow for higher speed travel flow;
  • Engineers are presented with praise, recognition, and awards for properly designing roads that pump higher volumes of traffic at higher rates of speed.
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