Posted on May 7, 2009
Disappearing traffic? The story so far
Can lane reallocation make traffic disappear?
This study, making the rounds as decision-time nears on the Burrard Bridge lane reallocation trials, says yes, often it can.
It concludes, after a review of 70 case studies of lane reallocatons around the world, that “predictions of traffic problems are often unnecessarily alarmist, and that, given appropriate local circumstances, significant reductions in overall traffic levels can occur.”
It’s an eloquent fact-based reply to Sun columnist Miro Cernetig’s suggestion that cyclists solve the safety problems on the bridge by pedalling slower and staying inside new barriers. He will continue as before, thank you.