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View Poll Results: Which of the following hurt FE the most?
Poorly timed traffic lights 41 68.33%
Too high a speed limit 16 26.67%
Too low a speed limit 6 10.00%
Unnecessary stop signs 26 43.33%
Speed bumps 10 16.67%
Overly sensitive traffic lights 8 13.33%
Lack of sufficient lanes 8 13.33%
Toll roads 2 3.33%
Speed limit changes 7 11.67%
Unnecessaary traffic lights 26 43.33%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 60. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-23-2012, 02:58 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Too many lights and bad timing are the same deal here in Phoenix as well. Having 2 or 3 and sometimes more small lights in between the major ones is very annoying especially when it seems that alot of them are timed to change so that driving the speed limit causes you to stop at each one.

I dont know if anyone else has them but since its not on the poll: Metered freeway on ramps. worst invention ever. Imagine a fully loaded semi truck that has to stop at the top of a ramp and wait for the light to turn green, then because it had to stop toward the end of the ramp, there is only a very short distance before this truck going much slower then the other cars has to try and merge in. To be able to merge in even with a car, you have to bury your foot in it to be able to match the speed of traffic and merge safely. Dumb. AZDOT, Dumb.

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I would also vote for "Other Vehicles."
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:59 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I dont know if anyone else has them but since its not on the poll: Metered freeway on ramps. worst invention ever. Imagine a fully loaded semi truck that has to stop at the top of a ramp and wait for the light to turn green, then because it had to stop toward the end of the ramp, there is only a very short distance before this truck going much slower then the other cars has to try and merge in. To be able to merge in even with a car, you have to bury your foot in it to be able to match the speed of traffic and merge safely. Dumb. AZDOT, Dumb.
In this state I only see them on parkways where large trucks are not permitted. But I agree that they are a bad idea.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:07 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I do like the idea of restricting people to only driving certain days of the week. That way, people could be forced to carpool or take public transportation.
And what if you need to go to a doctor or have an urgent need to buy something? Will we need to get a special permit from the government to be granted dispensation to drive on certain days or justify our wants and needs?

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Old 03-23-2012, 11:09 AM   #25 (permalink)
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And what if you need to go to a doctor or have an urgent need to buy something?

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I think you would probably make it to the hospital even faster as I assume emergency vehicles would love this policy.
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Some lights are difficult to judge (stale green, can't tell if traffic has pulled up to change the light, no crosswalk signs)...and a few are located at the top or bottom of hills. Not fun to hit them.
Stop signs could be replaced with yield signs on off-ramps, particularly those with high visibility.
And I like the idea of replacing unnecessary or complex traffic signals with roundabouts. A roundabout replaced a complex intersection in Carthage, MO, and eased traffic and reduced accidents.
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I might be wrong, but this poll seems to pertain specifically to those things that a civil engineer would have some level of control over.
Yes. More or less I was thinking about physical revisions that would alter traffic flow. But this thread has been pretty enlightening, and I think all of the listed components - including and excluding poll options - are interesting to consider.

Thanks to the participants so far, and keep 'em coming!
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:35 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I think you would probably make it to the hospital even faster as I assume emergency vehicles would love this policy.
Do you travel by ambulance every time you need to go to an appointment with a doctor? I'll bet you don't...
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I usually schedule my appointments.
Imagine what the encumbrance to an appointment schedule would be like if people were not permitted to drive on certain days.

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