Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How to make city streets safer?

Get rid of a lot of stop signs, suggests John Stossel. This one comes as something of a surprise to me; I have tended to get very nervous when driving in older neighborhoods without traffic signs, as I've been taught to see the signs as shorthand for "this is where you can expect traffic to cross unexpectedly."

It turns out, though, that in many places, the nervousness I'm referring to actually means "safe driving," and that once people learn to pay attention to what's on the road instead of the road signs, accidents decrease significantly. Who knew? We might be able to save time, save money on gas and accidents (and traffic signs), and take it a little bit easier on the environment as well.


Marklark said...

Take the topper off your truck, have your wife drive you around, bring your cordless electric wrench, and perform the experiment!


Bike Bubba said...

Hmmm.....methinks I'll present the idea to the city council first.