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Social (Vehicle) Traffic Control

Problem: speeding vehicles on narrow residential roads.

Solution: residents supplying naturally occurring “speed bumps”

Ever notice how when a vehicle is broken down on the side of the road,
or people are walking on the road’s edge, or when the garbage truck is
present, moving vehicles slow down in order to pass these objects more carefully?  

Those are spontaneous, “naturally occurring” examples of a technique traffic engineers already use to slow down moving vehicles.  Round-abouts, trees, angled roadside parking and even extra-wide paint striping are used in the science of traffic control to create psychological risk in the minds of drivers. It works because drivers adapt their speed to the level of perceived environmental risk.

So instead of complaining and waiting for government or law enforcement to do something, residents can use the same technique to solve their own local speeding problems.  And it would be cheaper and faster to boot!

Get together with neighbors and place vehicles on the road side in front of cooperating residences. It doesn’t require mass cooperation, just one or two strategically (and legally) placed vehicles, and moving traffic will respond.  If executed properly and continuously, the plan may even convince passers-through to take an alternate route altogether, reducing traffic on your residential road.

*Disclaimer: I am not a traffic engineer and have not tested this theory.

(Source: zigrat)