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Your big truck is killing me
11/03/2012, 19:39
Filed under: Policy, Thought, Traffic

As an urban cyclist it’s impossible to not notice people that insist on driving larger than necessary vehicles in the city. Being passed by an SUV is not the same as being passed by a car. We have buses, we have delivery trucks, and we have the occasional work trucks, and these are necessary evils, but it’s hard not to resent the drivers of unnecessarily large vehicles.

Until recently, I tended to think about people’s choice to drive trucks or sports utility vehicles in the city as my nuisance, but lately I’ve begun thinking that it might be a little more than just that: it is a moral issue. The decision to drive a larger than necessary vehicle in the city may be morally equivalent to smoking in a crowded bar. It is a decision that people make to suit their own comfort that can directly increase the likelihood of fatality among others.  Continue reading

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On the irrationality of parking
07/01/2012, 21:05
Filed under: Economics, Ephemera, Policy, Traffic

A fun article about parking in LA and an obscure academic discipline “caught between urban planning and traffic engineering”: parking theory…

Urban planners, says [Donald] Shoup, have no theory, use no hard data, when choosing parking requirements; they consult the manuals to decide. Every business imaginable is found within: Funeral parlors? A basic formula is eight parking spaces plus one for each hearse. Convents? One-tenth of a space per nun is fine. Adult bookstores? One space for every prospective patron plus one for the cashier holding the longest shift (no mention of the flasher in the alley). Public swimming pools? One space for every 2,500 gallons of water on the premises, chlorine included.

The figures are as precise as their origins are incomprehensible.

Read the rest. Via boingboing.net.

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