Comment 116028

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted January 13, 2016 at 15:31:04 in reply to Comment 116026

This is a well-established fact of traffic engineering! Why should it be so disturbing (or surprising) that some fraction of trips on a given street will "disappear" if travel on the street is slower or less convenient?

Here in Hamilton some residents claim they "won't drive downtown any more" if streets are converted to two-way ... that is an example of behaviour changes that would lead to traffic disappearing.

To take just one example, consider the review paper "Disappearing traffic? The story so far" in the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

"This paper reports on two phases of research, resulting in the examination of over 70 case studies of roadspace reallocation from eleven countries, and the collation of opinions from over 200 transport professionals worldwide. The findings suggest that predictions of traffic problems are often unnecessarily alarmist, and that, given appropriate local circumstances, significant reductions in overall traffic levels can occur, with people making a far wider range of behavioural responses than has traditionally been assumed. "

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2016-01-13 15:53:33

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