Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Back to the Bike

A few interesting transportation articles caught my eye recently.

First, the Observer reports that 'After wrestling for years with Beijing's appalling traffic and pollution problems, city planners have come up with a distinctly old-fashioned solution: bicycles'. Ahh, back to the future after, what , a decade or so ?!

Hidden in the CBC online site is a health story about pedestiran road safety with stats and maps.

In Canada the number of traffic fatalities for pedestrians has averaged around 350, or 13% of all road accidents, for the past decade or so. Internationally, that makes us a dream land. In New York in 2006 there were over 150 pedestrian fatalities. Peru tops the charts with 3,510 fatalities but El Salavdor, with a paltry 7m people, came third with almost 1,500 ! (CBC I gratefully decline your licence offer of $250 to be able to quote from this story - I will forward you a copy of my T4 to show that I have paid for my state broadcaster's services already).

Finally, the N.Y. Times' Freakonimics blog takes a look at a recent study in the journal Science that took Tokyo's subway route, designed oh so carefully by some of the world's top transportation planners, and decided to give mold a stab at designing it. How did the mold match up ?

"The mold formed a network that closely mimicked the actual Tokyo railway map. In terms of efficiency and fault tolerance, the mold performed about the same as the real Tokyo system, and it did so at a slightly lower cost. "

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