Comment 94430

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted November 07, 2013 at 08:30:52 in reply to Comment 94421

One more thing -

I expect that by slowing down traffic and making car sit you are in fact increasing pollution and therefore hurting people.

If we continue prioritizing private vehicle traffic to the exclusion of all else, and do not create incentives to shift some trips away from cars, and given the population growth projections, this result is going to occur anyway, but be much more difficult to remedy if we procrastinate indefinitely. Think of it analogous to chemotherapy. Horrible, dangerous, bad for you, but it will save your life after the treatment, and if you don't do it, you die for sure.

Temporary slowdowns while people shift their habits have a much greater benefit in the long run. Again, we have to start somewhere, making it easier to get around without a car. To do that, driving has to get a bit slower and more difficult _at first_ to create those incentives to shift. It's not that you are PURPOSELY slowing down traffic. The slowdown is a temporary side effect of network re-balancing. Later, in fact fairly quickly, everyone benefits as network loads re-balance, and the total numbers of cars on the road stabilize, and they flow better.

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