Intrigue and Uncertainty: Towards New Traffic-Taming Tools

The goal of the book is to give cities and residents new tools to tame traffic, particularly around schools and in neighborhoods. However, taming traffic is really a means to an end: creation of vibrant neighborhoods, enrichment of the social and cultural life of the city and creation of a robust local economy. As we shall see, refocusing on these ends (rather than the means) may automatically tame traffic. Chapter 1 explores how we lost our streets to traffic in the first place. This gives us important clues as to how we may win them back. Chapter 2 addresses the issue as to whether increasing intrigue and uncertainty as a way of slowing traffic compromises safety. It presents a new model for understanding safety that explains under what conditions uncertainty improves safety and when it compromises safety. It is hoped this chapter makes a valuable contribution to the debate about ‘false sense of security’. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 get into the practical details of what cities and residents can do. Chapter 3 looks at how increasing human activity reduces traffic speeds. Chapter 4 explores six design principles for changing the psychological feel of streets in a way that seduces drivers into slowing down. Chapter 5 gives examples of social programs that tie these approaches together. Chapter 6 looks at liability and argues that the ‘intrigue and uncertainty’ approach to slowing traffic should reduce a city’s current exposure to liability.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Version 2.1
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 32p

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  • Accession Number: 01010645
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2005 5:02PM