The Sunday NYT Magazine was the Annual Year in Ideas issue. Among the many interesting articles was the rather utilitarian goal behind a public art project in Cambridge, MA: to reduce traffic speeds at a busy intersection!
Soon the city was taking proposals for a circular mural, 20 feet in diameter, to be painted on the asphalt in the center of the intersection — a kind of artwork rotary. The objective, to reduce average speeds from 30 miles per hour to 25, seems relatively modest, but Rasmussen, citing statistics, says it’s significant: “The chance that a pedestrian would survive an accident is vastly greater at that speed.”
At a relatively modest cost of $10k (compared to what more conventional traffic calming methods would cost), the idea appears to be working.
Perhaps we might want to give this a whirl here as we embark on the many new developments?
Update: added traffic-calming image, courtesy Cambridge Bike Tours.