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Old 09-22-2008, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sign free towns

This is counter intuitive but I would like to see some towns try it. Kind of like the traffic circles.

But this summer the town reworked its downtown thoroughfare, not only scrapping the traffic lights but also tearing down the curbs and erasing marked crosswalks. The busiest part of the main street turned into a "naked" square shared equally by bikes, pedestrians, cars, and trucks. Now, there is only one rule: Always give way to the person on the right.

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Old 09-22-2008, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I didn't read the article, but I think I know what your saying.

Once the power went out and none of the street lights worked at the nearby town I go to school at.

To my surprise, everyone drove great! Better than if the lights worked. It was uniform, and everyone drove nicely.

I wish the power would go off more often

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I think it's a good idea to a certain extent, but if you remove too much i think it would be risky. It might work in a smallish town, but in a city you need markings and lights to maintain a certain order with the deluge of cars.
In england we have roundabouts (what americans call turning circles) and they work very well for the most part, you just have to see who is coming from the right and properly indicate. Bigger roundabouts have traffic lights because it would be difficult to get on them at peak traffic times, as people coming from busy routes use the cars in front as a spearhead and no gaps are left for people to merge onto the roundabout if they need to go elsewhere.

It's just awareness really, if there is a sign up ahead that says you have right of way you barge along and expect the other people to give way, if the sign isn't there, you'd probably slow down and take more notice of the other cars and proceed more cautiously.
It can have a the opposite effect in some people where they panic at an unfamiliar junction with no markings/signs/lights and make mistakes.

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