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London to Test Pedestrian-Oriented Traffic Signals

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kq4ym
kq4ym  
5/30/2014 6:00:31 AM
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Re: If I had my way...
Letting pedestrians have the right of way might be a great method in areas where governments purposely want walker friendly neighborhoods and streets. Say certain downtown streets are designated such, just place the pedestrian oriented signals everywhere, and at busies times of day, motor traffic will be discouraged from using those streets.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
4/15/2014 5:17:36 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Priorities
Hi Toby,

For decades many urban planners and city officials have designed traffic systems and cities in general for the benefit of vehicles. The idea has been to continue to build more and larger highways that would, it was thought, reduce traffic congestion. For the most part, it hasn't, and traffic, like water, has filled the available space. The more roads for vehicles, the more vehicles that will use the roads.

We're seeing somewhat of a change in that attitude by some planners and government officials, especially as millennials and seniors decide to live in cities in order to be within walking distance of everything. I've always been a city guy and a walker. Unfortunately, the drivers' lobby is strong in many cities around the world.

Toby
Toby  
4/14/2014 5:53:45 AM
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Priorities
Thanks for that article. This caught my eye "Indeed, traffic control is generally implemented to help drivers, not walkers.". Yep, and that's what has got us to where we are. Traffic that turns cities into motorways, high air pollution, constant dust and soot, high rates of mortality brought on by car accidents and, by car driving. The evidence indicates it has been a catastrophicially misguided philsophy. It needs to be set right.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/8/2014 8:36:29 AM
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Apps
Yes maybe I should have a look into this. At least for a blog about it to see whats being done already as you say. Its a fascinating area of growth.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
4/7/2014 7:20:25 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Sci Fi
Hi CitySolver,

Start programming!

Applications are often about personalized data, and many cities certainly are opening their databases, as Future Cities has discussed. Also, the Internet of Things is (are?) all about enabling all types of products to provide information. So obtaining relevant information at crosswalks seems to be inevitable.

It would be a good blog... if there was any new information about cities testing this.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/7/2014 12:42:22 PM
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Sci Fi
I made up the idea, maybe I should go and make a fortune!! ha. I think though soon tailored data streaming will become the norm. I hope.

 

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
4/7/2014 2:22:38 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: User oriented displays.
Hi CitySolver,

Using an application that obtains relevant, personally tailored information from or near traffic lights is very interesting. I've never read anything about that, but it has intriguing possibilities.

There are a wide variety of city-oriented apps, especially those for transportation, including those that use free city data. Indeed, I've got two transportation apps on my smartphones. But an app created by a city could possibly provide different or more timely data.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/5/2014 9:59:38 AM
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User oriented displays.
Maybe we could have our own apps that hone in on relevant information tailored to us. SO if you are disabled and near a tube, you get a quick text saying, underground busy, or if you are short on time, delays likely we suggest this alternative. So the Info hubs at traffic hubs handle all the data and stream out relevant stuff to your personal needs. That way we can communicate much more without it being distracting or irrelevant.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
4/1/2014 4:02:32 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Digital Burma Shave
Hi Terry,

I'm a bit more optimistic (if that's the correct word) than you because I think research into "sentient" traffic signals will continue and increase. As technology continues to evolve, cities become "smarter" and the Internet of Things becomes (even) more prevalent, researchers will continue to explore the possibilities that sentient (or smarter) traffic signals could be useful.

There will be more information about London's pedestrian-oriented traffic system when it's launched this summer. Perhaps another blog will be in order when some results are available.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
4/1/2014 3:55:55 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: And here I was thinking DC was advanced...
Hi Davedgreat2000,

Political will (i.e., intelligent political will) and funds are sorely lacking in many cities around the world.

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