Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Will the real congestion culprit please stand up?

Very cool images. Thanks to Yolanda for the heads up (love the new site girl!) and to Guy Chapman for synthesizing. Following sequence tells the true traffic tale.....



TRAFFIC CONGESTION

Thirty-five cars, stationary on the road. If they were moving at 30mph, each car would need at least 10m of headway, so this is about as densely packed as cars get.






DRIVERS WITHOUT CARS
This is the cargo. Thirty-five individual drivers.











INVISIBLE BUS

And this is how much space they'd take up in a bus:











FUTURE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS?
Here we have our thirty-five poeple getting on with life, some going into town on the bus, some cycling, some walking, a couple of small cars and a taxi.

Now, who was the problem, again?

3 comments:

melissa said...

awesome! such a great visual to really show how absurd our single-driver culture is. plus, how unappealing sitting in traffic w/ 34+ other cars is, as compared to the last image which just looks so happy and fun! :)

too bad the different pics couldn't also illustrate the difference in air quality and noise and light pollution we'd see!

melissa said...

awesome! such a great visual to really show how absurd our single-driver culture is. plus, how unappealing sitting in traffic w/ 34+ other cars is, as compared to the last image which just looks so happy and fun! :)

too bad the different pics couldn't also illustrate the difference in air quality and noise and light pollution we'd see!

Survive LA said...

Fantastic - someone please send this to the LA Department of Transportation!