Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Dutch Courageously Identify Real Issue

Hans Monderman, Dutch engineer and traffic planner pioneered the idea of removing traffic controls on city streets (many cities in Europe have done this). "Too many traffic rules strip us of the most important thing: the ability to be considerate." In Der Spiegel 2006 he wrote "We are loosing our ability for socially responsible behavior." People slow-down and proceed with caution when removed from their comfort zone, so when entering an intersection absent of traffic controls for cars, everybody proceeds with caution and safety is improved. 

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