Philadelphia is putting down fake speed bumps to slow drivers down. Regulars will ignore them, while others will jump on the brakes as they are unsure what they are and increase the potential to get rear-ended by suddenly changing the flow in traffic. What a monumentally stupid idea.
The sky is blue
: "Have you ever been driving on the highway, cruising along, only to get stuck behind two cars traveling side by side at exactly the same speed? ... This behavior has a detrimental impact on gas mileage. Slow left-lane driving can have a ripple effect on traffic, backing it up, slowing it down or occasionally even causing full-fledged traffic jams."
This is also the automotive form of comment bait (or trolling) as it brings people out of the woodwork to comment voraciously on the issue.
When I was in Washington DC there was discussion of putting in pay-for commuter lanes in the same manner as HOV lanes. Naturally they got the moniker Lexus Lanes due to the impression that only the wealthy would pay for them.
Time lapse traffic from splorp's photostream
New Jersey originally had HOV lanes for high occupancy vehicles but in 1999 when I first started commuting down Rt.287 they removed them. It seems they caused more trouble than they were worth and it was simpler and easier to open up all the lanes to general commuter traffic. New Jersey did a pretty good job of keeping the traffic flowing.
California's Bay Area is thinking of introducing Lexus Lanes
. It is a tough thing to bring as public roads are already payed for through a mix of county, state and federal taxes. They are a public asset that have already been payed for. So introducing a free market aspect to them, what is seen as a shared resource, is difficult to do. As always the money goes to something altruistic - like schools, paying for road maintenance (which is already financed through taxes), etc.
The other issue facing policy makers is that roads are very expensive and congestion is real. It will not get better and the car remains the most efficient means of transportation, and will continue to be so.
Currently reading: Traffic
by Tom Venderbilt. It is an interesting and fast paced sociology book on the issues of traffic and why commuters, planners and engineers make the decisions we do. It is a fun light read with a few interesting moments.
Tom Vanderbilt writes in Traffic
how in 2002 there was a strike in Los Angeles which took 9,000 trucks off the I-710. Because the ports were closed down for ten days container ships backed up outside of LA and the trucks which normally hauled all manner of consumer goods had nothing to truck.
However, traffic engineers in California noticed that despite 9,000 semi-trailers being off the road, total traffic volume only dropped by 5,000. Somehow 4,000 other vehicles jumped onto the I-710 in the days that the strike was on. The volumes in other major roads did not drop in volume either, so the free-flowing traffic on the I-710 meant that 4,000 cars that would normally not be on the road decided to use it. Venderbilt writes:
Engineers like Quon call what happened on the 710 a case of 'latent demand'. "It's the demand that's there but because the system is so confined that demand doesn't materialize." Quon explained. "But when you create capacity, that latent demand comes back and fills it in."
By the 710 being less congested due to the strike, travel become more desirable to people who would not normally use that route, nor maybe even drive at that time, which leads to the argument that more roads create more traffic by reducing the system's confined nature and enabling the possibility of greater demand.
; "The Ohio researchers found that cars traveling in right-hand lanes tended to go through yellow lights, while those on the left did not."
America is left hand drive, this means people in the slow lane tended to go through yellow lights while people in the fast lane stopped.
Most Popular on South Sea Republic
The articles that have been viewed the most:
Most Popular Restaurants in Phoenix
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Most Popular Hikes in Arizona
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Alternate Australian Constitutions
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
Archives For South Sea Republic
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
Who Is Cam Riley
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.
Websites Worth Reading
Websites of friends, colleagues and of interest;