Monthly Archives: February 2015
Last night I made this note: “Day in day out, year in year out, the state encourages endless deeds of anti-social behaviour”. Today I read an article by Sunili Govinnage who decided, over a period of a year, to read books … Continue reading
The reason we “need” lollipop men and women is the same reason we “need” traffic lights: to mitigate the fallout from the rule of priority. Given equality instead of priority as the basic rule, our roads would be safe, and lollipop men and women would be … Continue reading
Reply from Dr Kumar, author of research from University of Surrey: “Martin, your numbers are still valid if we compare the average with the average – 29 is peak v/s average. I read your interesting piece and fully agree with your solution.”
In No Idle Matter (2007), I wrote that the stop-start motion caused by traffic lights multiplies emissions and fuel use by a factor of four. In this piece, Prashant Kumar (University of Surrey) says air quality at signal-controlled junctions is no … Continue reading
Driverless cars are presented as the answer to road safety. “Accidents” are blamed on human error. No. Roads are dangerous because of the unequal, intolerant priority system.