Happy Movement on the City Grid. :-)

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Sort of like the "Rapid Movement" idea... BUT, not relying on real-time sensors or feedback about how traffic lights are coordinated. BECAUSE: City planners and engineers have already designed things to favor certain uses over others: E.g. Some streets are set up as North-South corridors for cars. Some streets are intended as East-West corridors for bicycles. And so on. And the timing of traffic lights and locations of traffic calming devices will be implemented with these design goals in mind. SO THE IDEA IS: Put all of the city's *high-level* route and street designations into data form. Because, if route-planning software could take these designations into account, the trips will be much happier and safer.

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jaxicab's picture

I love the idea, Snacky, it's possible to implement tomorrow :) I've tried to do something along these lines with my map of Ecodriving Portland on my website. http://www.ecofleetconsulting.com Check it out and let me know what you think :)

Submitted by jaxicab on November 27, 2010 - 5:19pm
rogerimp's picture

I always wonder if GMaps is taking this stuff into account when it's trying to channel me into more "major" roads. It's not exactly transparent with its choice of streets and I often wonder if I've trained myself to use suboptimal routes... so I'd love to see this data!

Submitted by rogerimp on February 17, 2012 - 2:59pm