After a successful campaign to remind Boston drivers to use yah blinkah
, the state of Massachusetts is now holding a contest
to come up with additional messages to show to the drivers of the state. [more inside]
"Advertising is not well.
Though companies supported by advertising still dominate the landscape and capture the popular imagination, cracks are beginning to show in the very financial foundations of the web. Despite the best efforts of an industry, advertising is becoming less and less effective online. The once reliable fuel that powered a generation of innovations on the web is slowly, but perceptibly beginning to falter. Consider the long-term trend: when the first banner advertisement
emerged online in 1994, it reported a (now) staggering clickthrough rate of 78%. By 2011, the average Facebook advertisement
clickthrough rate sat dramatically lower at 0.05%. Even if only a rough proxy, something underlies such a dramatic change in the ability for an advertisement to pique the interest of users online. What underlies this decline, and what does it mean for the Internet at large? This short [PDF] paper puts forth the argument for peak advertising
—the argument that an overall slowing in online advertising will eventually force a significant (and potentially painful) shift in the structure of business online. Like the theory of Peak Oil
that it references, the goal is not to look to the immediate upcoming quarter, but to think on the decade-long scale
about the business models that sustain the Internet." [more inside]
- A film about a sculpture by Chris Burden
and Cogent Communications
are at odds over how much money needs to change hands
to deliver decent Netflix performance. Verizon has developed a rival to Netflix, Redbox
and have been accused of tinkering with Netflix and AWS
speeds due to the recent FCC Net Neutrality
ruling. Things may change
again, but then again, maybe not
Desire paths [previously
] show us where we want to walk. Snowy neckdowns
, or "sneckdowns," show us where we don't need to drive. [more inside]
Email Links Top Christie Aide to GW Bridge Scandal
The week of September 9, 2013, traffic was bad on the approach to the George Washington Bridge -- the busiest bridge in the world. Cars were backed up into the streets of Fort Lee, NJ
, gridlocking the entire city on the first week of school.
The reason? Two tollboths leading to the GWB were closed by the Port Authority of NY and NY. The PA claimed it was for a traffic study, except that the head of the Port Authority, Pat Foye, appointed by New York Governor Cuomo, was not told about the closure, and neither was anyone else
. [more inside]
San Diego Study #3: Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Car Color
Lewis Lehe created an interactive graphic
that shows what happens when one driver brakes in traffic
Roads kill map:
an interactive map of worldwide traffic fatalities, including causes of death and levels of enforcement, created by the Pulitzer Center
. According to the WHO, road injuries are the 9th cause of death
worldwide, with 90% occuring in developing countries
where they are expected to rise to the 5th rank, "leapfrogging past HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis
", due to growing traffic numbers and lax enforcement. (Via /.)
You know how it feels when you're trying to cross the street and a driver comes through the intersection as if you’re not even there? Like he’s muscling through with that big box of metal as if to say, “Hey, get out of my way, you little flesh-and-blood weakling!”
Wouldn’t you just love to have a superhero sweep down, stand up to the jerk behind the wheel, and block the car so you could cross safely?
Enter Peatónito, the masked Mexican defender of pedestrians!
A slight traffic jam in Naples, Italy
. [more inside]
For the last several months in Mississauga, Ontario, someone has been repeatedly vandalising a roadside memorial
at the Glen Erin Drive overpass. The memorial is maintained by the father of Thomas Jasinski
, who died in a car crash at that location in 2009. After an extended investigation, the vandal in question has been found, and in today's Toronto Star
he has stepped forward to give his side of the story
. [more inside]
A 73 year old
returned, making it seem easy, yet increased traffic left four people dead this weekend. Traffic jams at Mount Everest
. [more inside]
The mathematical theory behind shockwave traffic jams was developed more than 20 years ago using models that show jams appearing from nowhere on roads carrying their maximum capacity of free-flowing traffic - typically triggered by a single driver slowing down. After that first vehicle brakes, the driver behind must also slow, and a shockwave jam of bunching cars appears, traveling backwards through the traffic. The theory has frequently been modeled in computer simulations, and seems to fit with observations of real traffic, but had never been recreated experimentally until recently (PDF of SCIENCE)
. The authors also released video of their experiments which has since been posted to YouTube
. [more inside]
"Where I come from, a little patience at the crosswalk usually rewards me with a stoplight-induced pause in traffic, but here things are different. One had to simply cross, stride forward into the asphalt gauntlet with no fear, just faith that two intersecting streams of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, would reconcile themselves. And they always did." Photographer Rob Whitworth
stitches together 10,000 images to bring you a very kinetic time-lapse video of "Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam."
that give a little insight into the history of public transport(ation) in the UK.
The BBC has put up a page
presenting statistics dealing with deaths on British roads between 1999 and 2010. A slightly older page presenting mostly the same statistics (up to 2008) can be visited here
; this earlier version was published in conjunction with several other articles, including one
looking in-depth at a single crash and its aftermath in Stevenage in 2007.
The Stop Sign Wasn’t Always Red. Yellow signs
were used before there was a way produce a reflective material in red that would last.
We have the Mississippi Valley Association of State Highway Departments to thank for the stop sign’s iconic shape. In 1923, the association developed an influential set of recommendations about street-sign shapes whose impact is still felt today. The recommendations were based on a simple, albeit not exactly intuitive, idea: the more sides a sign has, the higher the danger level it invokes. [more inside]
In the early 1960s, East German Karl Peglau came up with the idea to put hats on pedestrian crossing signal figures
. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Der Spiegel
has posted pictures of two dozen crossing signals from around the world
People often think that other drivers are nuts. The Nigerian authorities have taken things a step further, now requiring drivers accused of going the wrong way down a one way street to get psychiatric exams.
One of the best things you can do to increase your happiness is to move closer to where you work
10 years ago
Metafilter discussed William Beaty's Traffic Wave
theories about why traffic jams happen. Since then he's conducted
that he says prove
regular drivers can help
stop them from happening. [more inside]
Wondering why the traffic is so slow? WONDER NO MORE! [Via]
Felix Salmon formulates a theory regarding the interaction of cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians in New York City: "Cyclists get no respect as road users. Instead, tragically, they’re treated like pedestrians."
Drivers in West Vancouver will soon see a 3D image
in the street of a small girl chasing a ball. The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
is teaming with Preventable
to create the image with the goal of enhancing traffic safety. [more inside]
Air traffic in
much of northern Europe
halted – due to ash from a volcanic eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier
in Iceland. The volcano under the glacier erupted for the first time in 200 years last month and whilst Iceland is renowned for its volcanic and geologic activity the sheer ferocity of the latest eruption (thought to be 20 times more powerful than the initial eruption on the 20th March) and prevailing wind conditions have culminated in the current traffic chaos
shows the current impact on the skies. Whilst the particles will disperse at high altitude and pose no threat to those on the ground, the volcanic ash
is very dangerous
to aircraft . Not only is there the problem of it clouding pilot vision but the ash can cause engine malfunction and damage the delicate airframe skin. One silver lining in all this is the anticipated glorious red sunset that should follow.
is a city fly attempt. We are born to move, this makes us alive. The transport is not only a transport, it has to be an experience! (via)
builds lasers that shoot out from your bike onto the road, displaying a bike lane wherever you ride. Written about here
, a self-anointed
solution engineer and life hacker
, shows you
how to beat the traffic system
at its own game.
and the price of anarchy [PDF]
: "We had three tunnels in the city and one needed to be shut down
. Bizarrely, we found that car volumes dropped. ... We discovered it was a case of Braess' paradox, which says that by taking away space in an urban area you can actually increase the flow of traffic
, and, by implication, by adding extra capacity to a road network you can reduce overall performance
." [more inside]
US Traffic & Road Sign Test.
Five part, 30 questions each, multiple choice test on US road, highway and traffic signs. Results include inline scoring and explanation of each sign. [more inside]
The National Traffic Scorecard
ranks the 100 most-congested metropolitan areas in the United States. Number one? Los Angeles, naturally. [more inside]
Too much traffic? Can't find parking? Choking on smog? Worried about climate change? Gas prices too high, but you still have
to drive? Send your city planner a link to the Online Encyclopedia of Transportation Demand Management strategies
. [more inside]
The number of accidents at one intersection dropped by 95 percent
, from 200 a year to about 10... "You can't deny the numbers," he added. "Half the world is eager to see what's going to happen with this program."
Apparently, people in India
can handle it.
(Surely you saw this on Reddit?)