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Sci Fi theater: pretend you're the "Traffic Czar"

Old 04-27-07, 10:51 AM
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Sci Fi theater: pretend you're the "Traffic Czar"

pretend you're the traffic/roadway Czar of your community with unlimited power. what would you change? How would the streets look different?

I'll go first.
the furthermost right lane on each side of every major arterial would be a bike/bus lane.
Trees planted in a median in the middle of the streets. more trees along the sidewalks.
speed limits tweaked down to 35 mph. (except freeways) heavy fines for speeders (like $500)
some streets in the center cities would be car-free. some on street parking would be eliminated in favor of wider sidewalks and trees, street furniture.
traffic calming measures would be plantings and art in the medians, things that would make the environment more pleasant or comfortable. I'd make all the pavement a lighter color/rubberized so as not to trap so much heat.
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Old 04-27-07, 12:40 PM
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I'd get rid of all on street parking in the downtown area.

Imagine the implications.
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1.) Raise driving ages--18 for women, 25 for men. 2.) The state will hold a co-title to every motor vehicle and can confiscate said vehicle for a number of traffic offenses. 3.)All cars will have black boxes, with wireless modems that can download all vehicle speed information to a central database. Yes, I sound like a fascist--when it comes to motor vehicle use, I will happily admit to being one. Want your civil rights? Don't drive!
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Czar? Unlimited Power?

OK. Y'all stay off the road while I'm using it!
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Appearing "be realistic" is not a goal here.
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I'd simply ban cellphone use. Another near miss this week...
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Appearing "be realistic" is not a goal here.
So, what would you do, if you were Tsar, HH?
($20 says he says something like, "I would change nothing except enforce the idea that bikes have the same rights as cars.")
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Originally Posted by Feldman
1.) Raise driving ages--18 for women, 25 for men. 2.) The state will hold a co-title to every motor vehicle and can confiscate said vehicle for a number of traffic offenses. 3.)All cars will have black boxes, with wireless modems that can download all vehicle speed information to a central database. Yes, I sound like a fascist--when it comes to motor vehicle use, I will happily admit to being one. Want your civil rights? Don't drive!

That's some mighty fine goose-steppin you've got going there.

Love how you equate civil rights with driving.
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the unlimited power part was just to not put any limits on your imagination. I don't want any scary dictatorship scenarios, please... Thanks, Feldman, but it's about the streets and how you would change them. carry on.
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Originally Posted by rando
I'd make all the pavement a lighter color so as not to trap so much heat.
Just an aside, heat trapping is as much a function of what the pavement is made from as its color.
Light colored cement (PCC) freeways traps and retains more heat than near black rubberized asphault.
The rubberized asphault gets a higher surface temp in the day, but cools more quickly and has a lower temp at night. It stores less heat.
The dark color is better for eye fatigue too.

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Originally Posted by Helmet Head
Appearing "be realistic" is not a goal here.
HA!

I'm pretending I have Unlimited Power. (said in best "God Voice" heavy on the reverb)

I am not pretending to be realistic.

Pretending to be realistic is only for those of you with Limited Power.

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I'd put a mister that activates at every red light.
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The no cellphones idea is great. The no street parking downtown is great.

I'd get rid of all one-way streets (no real reason, I just hate one-way streets).

I'd charge a twenty-dollar toll to drive into the city.

I'd knock down all freeways/interstates leading into the city. They create choke points, divide neighborhoods, and create dead zones in cities.

I'd get rid of buses, but I'd bring back the trolly system, or some sort of efficient and comfortable modified trolly/light rail thing - whatever fits in the best.

And free coffee for bike commuters.
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Originally Posted by Cromulent
I'd knock down all freeways/interstates leading into the city.
How will interstate traffic get thru quickly?
Building bypasses destroys more land and often creates more spread out development.
No need to answer in order to keep the positive/fun vibe going, just thinking out loud.
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Originally Posted by noisebeam
How will interstate traffic get thru quickly?
Building bypasses destroys more land and often creates more spread out development.
No need to answer in order to keep the positive/fun vibe going, just thinking out loud.
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As Czar, I'd have my minions figure it out. I'd say something like, "You... minion! Figure out this interstate traffic thing, now!"
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I didn't know that about the rubberized asphalt, thanks Al.
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Step number 1; require all drivers to pass a real driving test before they can drive.

Step 2; Enforce the friggin' speed limits with severe penalties.

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Originally Posted by Az B
Step number 1; require all drivers to pass a real driving test before they can drive.

Step 2; Enforce the friggin' speed limits with severe penalties.

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Originally Posted by Cromulent
I'd charge a twenty-dollar toll to drive into the city.
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Traffic Tsar...

Lots of good ideas. We can refine them to make them more workeable and realistic.

(1) NO parking on downtown streets. Phase it out over the course of a few years, and in those ares where it is 'impossible' to acccomplish, be like Singapore and auction off the few spots remaining to the highest bidder.

(2) Congestion fee: with all cars soon to have GPS and other things, your fee should depend upon the amount of time you spend in the central zone AND how deeply you penetrate it.

(3) I would close streets to traffic and have pedestrians only zones (as in NO BIKES, folks...i said pedestrians on a rotating basis, in different areas of the city at different times.

(4) I would get rid of buses and replace them with a subisidized network of smaller mini buses and cabs. The subisidies would be justified from the congestion savings as well as the fact that most users would probably be of lower/fixed incomes.

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Originally Posted by Cromulent
The no cellphones idea is great. The no street parking downtown is great.

I'd get rid of all one-way streets (no real reason, I just hate one-way streets).

I'd charge a twenty-dollar toll to drive into the city.

I'd knock down all freeways/interstates leading into the city. They create choke points, divide neighborhoods, and create dead zones in cities.

I'd get rid of buses, but I'd bring back the trolly system, or some sort of efficient and comfortable modified trolly/light rail thing - whatever fits in the best.

And free coffee for bike commuters.
You forgot free donuts or pie with that coffee! For shame! Bad Cromulent, Bad!
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https://www.bikeforums.net/advocacy-safety/278786-what-one-thing-would-you-do-make-things-better-cyclists.html
let's say you have one wish and *POOF* things would instantly change in your community. what would you wish for to make things better for cyclists in your community?

Not sure I would do too much. I don't like to be hated.

I would retire and ride my bike across the country.


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Originally Posted by rando
pretend you're the traffic/roadway Czar of your community with unlimited power. what would you change? How would the streets look different?
I would enforce the speed limits, red-light laws, stop sign laws, crosswalk blocking laws, and safe passing laws.

I would put more cops on bikes, and have them patrol important roads.

If the important roads were too narrow for this to be acceptable to everyone involved, I'd improve the roads.

But that's at the local level.

If I could have an effect at the state or national level I would:

1. Require license plates to be bigger, and mounted on both the front and rear of all cars and trucks.

2. Require car bumpers and other external parts to be made of a materials that include chemical tagents that can identify the make and model of a vehicle after a hit-and-run.

3. Require all cars and trucks to have black boxes that store all the vehicle's motions and driver actions prior to a crash.

4. Require re-testing of drivers every five years, including a road test and written test that includes questions about bicyclists and pedestrians.

5. In ten years, require all new cars to be equipped with an automatic braking system that engages if the driver is about to collide with another road user. This would also kick in immediately prior to an unlawfully close pass.
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I'd hire Steve Goodridge and give him a huge budget.

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