Friday, April 26, 2013

De-clutter

This is an interesting and short animation about making London's Oxford Circus more pedestrian friendly, safer and efficient. In essence, the busy intersection is made simpler after being decluttered.


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  1. I must confess the first time I crossed diagonally I was terrified that I would be knocked down. It goes against all those years of road safety drill on how to cross a road. However it has eased congestion when crossing, but Oxford Circus tube station is still as congested as ever. All they need to do now is get rid of all the pickpockets and thieves and then there will be plenty of room for the rest of us.

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    1. Interesting Fun60. I have not been into the station. It is odd that my recollections of London don't always match those of people who live there.

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    2. Forgot, we have one similar intersection that I know of and no one seems to bat an eyelid when using it.

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  2. I agree .... It feels like a game from school... All very.... Hard work

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    1. John, might visiting London just be hard work for you?

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  3. where Elizabeth Street in Melbourne CBD meets Flinders Street and the station in a T-intersection, I am sure there (used to be) diagonal crossing possible. Most commuters moving fast to get home ASAP. Click the link. Premier Popeye Doyle says it is one of the world's great intersections (or something).

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    1. That's the one I thought of Ann. It is still there. If it wasn't like that, people would make it like that themselves.

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  4. Gosh, testing my links I was shocked to see all the litter in the photo of people crossing diagonally in Melbourne.
    I didn't read Dopey Doyle properly. In 2012 he wanted to remove the tram terminus FFS (and now he's Premier? christonabike)

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    1. Doyle stepped back from many of his positions once he was elected. Clearly not core promises.

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  5. Ann, I think I heard [years ago] the diagonal crossing at Flinders and Elizabeth called "The Barn Dance".

    There are several of these crossings in Albury. They must be working, because there is not a lot of traffic congestion there.

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    1. FC, not sure about the logic in your last sentence, but so Albury has them. I think there are quite a number in NSW.

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  6. oh I love The Barn Dance term. I used to cross there a lot and it certainly was.
    Right now I am unable to speak over this
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/blow-to-ventura-as-french-group-wins-bus-contract-20130426-2ijd1.html

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    1. I haven't read news yet Ann. I am disappointed to learn of Ventura losing profitable routes.

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  7. They do this in Switzerland, too. Stop cars from all directions so that pedestrians can cross in all directions. It can sometimes seem a bit frustrating when you're in the car and everything stops for an old bloke and no-one else (as they do this *everywhere* not just the busy spots), but it seems to work.

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    1. Kath, their country, their rules. I think there should be more of that type of crossing here.

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  8. There is one of these in Adelaide, at the corner of Pulteney Street and Rundle Mall. There may be others, but I don't know about them.

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    1. I can't remember it River, but no doubt I was looking at maps on my phone.

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  9. Very cool video Andrew, making things run more efficient and safer for so many, many people is a good thing...my they really did look like ants down there:)

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    1. Grace, there should more of problems like that intersection was paid attention to. It takes a little bit of design effort and not a great deal of money.

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  10. Yes Fruitcake, I remember that too! In fact, I still call diagonal crossings by that name - much to people's bemusement.

    There are several of these crossings where I live and they seem to work well.

    I loved the video, Andrew.

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    1. Wombat, I've not heard of the term, but it describes it well. I am saving a Tokyo one for another day, although must check I haven't done it already.

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