Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Less signs, less accidents

On trying to cover up design flaws with warnings and signs...

"Roads Gone Wild is a piece in Wired from December 2004 that a reader just brought to my attention. I love it. Here’s why:
Hans Monderman is a traffic engineer who hates traffic signs. Oh, he can put up with the well-placed speed limit placard or a dangerous curve warning on a major highway, but Monderman considers most signs to be not only annoying but downright dangerous. To him, they are an admission of failure, a sign - literally - that a road designer somewhere hasn’t done his job. “The trouble with traffic engineers is that when there’s a problem with a road, they always try to add something,” Monderman says. “To my mind, it’s much better to remove things.”

The piece goes on to talk about how roundabouts (a.k.a. traffic circles) are safer than intersections with carefully controlled signage and permission patterns."   continued ...   (Via Signal vs. Noise)


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