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Re: Will Queens Bus Redesign really speed things up?

Posted by WMATAGMOAGH on Mon May 13 18:47:48 2019, in response to Re: Will Queens Bus Redesign really speed things up?, posted by BrooklynBus on Mon May 13 08:53:42 2019.

I've passed driving licensing exams in multiple countries, and have to adapt to the laws and regulations of the country where I am driving at any given time. I also am a pedestrian, transit user, and cyclist. Perhaps my multiple vantage points give me perspectives you lack. To claim I don't drive is utter bullshit.

NYC is a unique driving environment. Considering the layout of the city, it seems reasonable to have laws in place such as 25 (or 30) MPH speed limit unless otherwise posted. Are you seriously going to have speed limit signs on every block in Manhattan to allow for variable speed limits? It is a lot easier to know I'm in NYC and therefore x y and z rules apply, whereas they are no longer in effect once I'm beyond city limits.

I'm in favor of fencing to prevent midblock crossings where appropriate. Has it occurred to you that pedestrians could still be struck at intersections? What does the fencing do to prevent those collisions?

How do you feel about HAWK signals for lesser used pedestrian crossings? Or are those unnecessary too?

Jurisdictions replace signals with traffic circles because traffic circles have the perception of being more dangerous, so people pay more attention and are more cautious when driving through them. I suggest you read Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) if you haven't done so already.

You should also read The High Cost of Free Parking to understand my comments about parking policy on a general level. NYC may be an exception in some regards to the theories and ideas laid out in that book, but in other ways NYC parking policies create the same sort of congestion identical policies in other locales experience.

When free parking is required for various building uses, rents increase as the cost of parking is bundled in to the rent. Again, if you read Don Shoup's writing on the topic, you'll get the full explanation.


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