Rethinking traffic by making it less obvious. No street signs. No crosswalks. No accidents. Surprise: Making driving seem more dangerous could make it safer.
Roads Gone Wild. Wired’s latest issue profiles the thinking of Dutch traffic engineer Hans Monderman, a man so convinced of his methods that he’ll walk out — backwards — into busy traffic to prove the safety of them.
Wearing a striped tie and crisp blue blazer with shiny gold buttons, Monderman looks like the sort of stout, reliable fellow you’d see on a package of pipe tobacco. He’s worked as a civil engineer and traffic specialist for more than 30 years and, for a time, ran his own driving school. Droll and reserved, he’s easy to underestimate – but his ideas on road design, safety, and city planning are being adopted from Scandinavia to the Sunshine State.