13 February 2012

Straightforward Traffic Planning for Liveable Cities

Copenhagenize Traffic Planning Guide


kfg said...

Very cute, make that one a poster.

Although I feel obligated to note that one of the consequences is that a single car trip takes up an extraordinary amount of city space and increases the car kilometerage share.

Kim said...

@kfg but isn't that the point? By doing so you put in a very powerful disincentive to car trips. In very many towns and cities the current situation is the exact opposite which deters people from walking and cycling.

kfg said...

@Kim - "but isn't that the point?"

Is it? I thought the point was to reduce the space taken up by cars. To reduce the miles they drive. To reduce the number of children kicking a ball around they have to pass along their way.

Let me suggest an alternative that accomplishes this far more effectively:

Remove the parking space from where the car thinks it's going and put something attractive to it's driver there in it's place, like a flower stall or a cafe table.

" . . . very many towns and cities . . ."

Provide wide roads and lots of parking, making driving both convenient and reducing the amount of city space available to people buying flowers and coffee.

Kim said...

Well it is not either or, restricting parking is also a useful way of deterring car use. If you look at the way that woonerf work, it is just like this diagram.

Mikael Colville-Andersen said...

the graphic sums up both point of views.

kfg said...

"Well it is not either or . .."

Which is why I requested a poster of it. Being critical of something is not the same thing as denouncing it.

Helton Moraes said...

For a larger size, a good and very browser-friendly file format is .svg (not .png) so the readers can download directly and print/display the size they want. By the way, very nice picture!

Paul Martin said...

If used as a metaphor, rather than a literal 'journey planner', it works well for all types of restriction to car use.

It's about making the car less appealing than PT, walking & cycling.

In Australia it is the opposite - and even worse. The cycling, pedestrian & PT lines would be like a tangled ball with continuity breaks in them, they wouldn't take you anywhere and possibly would just return you to the start. The car line would be dead straight.

Robert Hoehne said...

@Paul Martin
you are so correct. I ride to work, 26 kilometers. I drive my car, 16 kilometers.
If I want to get to Sydney there are so many missing links and general difficulties. No wonder so few take up cycling here.

ZA_SF said...

Suggested edit: the Pedestrian has periodic stops along a straight line, that should elicit a sense that there's something interesting they're stopping for, or have public seating for weary bones.

kfg said...

This may come as a surprise to many, especially many who live in the US, but to convert this graphic to a US version simply erase the left two lines.

Eneko Astigarraga said...

Hi Mikael,

Thanks to your clean image, I have proposed this visual post trying to argue about the possibility to go from our A to our B, starting in our actual spanish scenario.



Eneko Astigarraga said...


The link:

Tim said...

In surburban cities the biking trip and the bus trip look like the car one. Buses go to nodes not likely in the direction you want to go or have a very round about way of going, bike routes are only on certain roads often a round about route, pedestrians and cyclists often need to follow streets out instead of short cuts, especially at night when subdivision short cuts are dark and scarier.