Part of the drive for Sustainable Mobility is encouraging people to use the mode of transport most appropriate for them. If you live close to work, and it is safe to do so you should consider walking. Similarly, cycling should be encouraged whenever there is a relatively short journey, and there are cycle lanes available.
The 3-Way Street initiative, pioneered by Ron Gabriel sets out to tackle the way in which different types of road user interact. He uses the example of one New York City intersection to illustrate how Cars, Bicycles, and Pedestrians are not interacting with each other as safely, and efficiently as they might.
It’s important to acknowledge that all three groups are occasionally guilty of creating dangerous situations: Pedestrians Jaywalking, cyclists not staying in the cycle lane, and motorists ignoring traffic lights, or not using their mirrors are all potentially dangerous behaviours, and the 3-Way Street initiative rightly recognises this.
Take a look at this video to see some of the situations that take place:
It’s clear from the video that there needs to be better organisation of the road network. All three parties are simply trying to get from A to B, but are faced with difficulties and dangers because the road network is not designed to accommodate them all equally.
What do you think? How would you solve problems like the ones shown in the video?
We’d love to hear from you as urban development and road planning are a big part of the Future of Mobility.