Posts tagged ‘transportation’

April 28, 2017

Counter-flow lanes: curbing the effects of one-way streets in Mexico City

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Dedicated “contra-flow” bus lanes on Calle des Balderas, seen looking south from the Avenida Juarez in Mexico City.

On a grid of mostly one-way roads with mixed traffic, so-called counterflow lanes created two-way bus service, helping pedestrians avoid walking roughly 1 km (0.62 miles) to other main arteries to take a bus in the opposite direction.

But a growing recognition of the dangers of such counterflow lanes is leading modern-day Mexico City to re-think the configuration.

Full article can be found here.

Maybe, just maybe, the city might instead decide to conduct an area-wide traffic analyze to look into the possibility of changing the direction of these large, one-way streets and turn them into two-way streets with full amenities, such as those found in Complete Streets policies.

Complete Streets is the name of a design concept that sees the street face as part of the urban fabric, not just as a “car sewer”. The goal of a complete streets system is to accommodate various modes of transportation while slowing down car traffic. These streets hark back to a time when the street face was for everyone, including walkers, joggers, cyclists, transit riders and car drivers.

October 3, 2013

Pune technology contest promotes creative solutions to urban problems

Pune technology contest promotes creative solutions to urban problems

PUNE: Could the city have a traffic-system that mirrors the planetary system – with concentric rings of roads that cater to various focal points? Is it possible to use the energy of descending elevators to power a generator? Engineering, architecture and planning students came up with various solutions to pressing problems in town planning at the technology festival of the College of Engineering, Pune, which concluded on Sunday.

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