Thursday, November 09, 2006

Libritarian Traffic rules

Libritarianism in a way that dosen't seem intutitive: Hans Monderman, a traffic planner involved in a Brussels-backed project known as Shared Space, said that taking lights away helped motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to co-exist more happily and safely. The idea is that people pay more attention when not relying on lights to direct them.

"It works well because it is dangerous, which is exactly what we want. But it shifts the emphasis away from the Government taking the risk, to the driver being responsible for his or her own risk."

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4 Comments:

  • This has its place, but one certainly needs traffic signals in some cases.

    By Blogger beatdrp, at 10:16 PM, November 09, 2006  

  • I have limited experience of traveling in Europe but I would think that this is more plausible there than in the US. Most of our roads were designed with traffic lights in mind, whereas more of their roads were designed before the discovery of electricity.

    By Blogger Chris W, at 1:10 PM, November 10, 2006  

  • How I would hate to be a pedestrian there!
    "Sorry sir, I was going 90 km/s and couldn't make out whether you were my old boss or just some stranger. Quite sorry about that!"

    By Blogger Larold P. Body, at 3:04 PM, November 14, 2006  

  • It's not true that most of our roads were designed with the assumption that traffic lights would be added later.

    Limiting traffic lights in the US would be very plausible if not for all the tax money that has to spent. They're expensive and they look like 'progress'. Who could resisti?

    By Blogger beatdrp, at 1:32 PM, November 16, 2006  

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