Browsing All posts tagged under »roundabouts«

cost of life > cost of congestion

November 4, 2011


Infrastructure enthusiasts often use the financial burden of congestion as a reason to streamline capital projects. Don’t question the traffic forecasts–a person’s time is valuable and therefore congestion has a direct financial impact. True. But what about designing roads that lead to crashes? How much does that cost? AAA studied 99 urban areas and found […]

Rules of the road: roundabout vs. traffic signal

October 30, 2011


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 […]