Traffic

Author: Tom Vanderbilt
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
ISBN: 9780307277190
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Social Science

A best-selling social study analyzes the complex factors that dictate how traffic works, why we drive the way we do, and what our driving reveals about us, discussing the unintended consequences of attempts to engineer safety, why plans to protect pedestrians can lead to more accidents, and more. Reprint.

Traffic

Author: Tom Vanderbilt
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141923703
Release Date: 2009-08-06
Genre: Social Science

Get stuck in ... Why do some people become demons when they get behind a wheel? Why does the other lane always move faster? Why do New Yorkers jaywalk (and nobody does in Cophenhagen)? And why should you never drive with any beer-drinking, divorced doctors named Fred? Driving is about far more than getting from A to B. As Tom Vanderbilt's brilliant, curiosity-filled book shows, it's actually the key to deciphering human nature and ... well, pretty much everything. From the etiquette of horn-honking to bumper stickers you should avoid, from gridlock in ancient Rome to why getting rid of road signs actually reduces accidents, Traffic will change the way you see yourself, and other people (and not just through your windscreen).

Traffic

Author: Tom Vanderbilt
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141027395
Release Date: 2009-08-06
Genre: Social Science

Get stuck in � Why do some people become demons when they get behind a wheel? Why does the other lane always move faster? Why do New Yorkers jaywalk (and nobody does in Cophenhagen)? And why should you never drive with any beer-drinking, divorced doctors named Fred? Driving is about far more than getting from A to B. As Tom Vanderbilt�s brilliant, curiosity-filled book shows, it�s actually the key to deciphering human nature and � well, pretty much everything. From the etiquette of horn-honking to bumper stickers you should avoid, from gridlock in ancient Rome to why getting rid of road signs actually reduces accidents, Traffic will change the way you see yourself, and other people (and not just through your windscreen).

Fighting Traffic

Author: Peter D. Norton
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262293884
Release Date: 2011-01-21
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Before the advent of the automobile, users of city streets were diverse and included children at play and pedestrians at large. By 1930, most streets were primarily a motor thoroughfares where children did not belong and where pedestrians were condemned as "jaywalkers." In Fighting Traffic, Peter Norton argues that to accommodate automobiles, the American city required not only a physical change but also a social one: before the city could be reconstructed for the sake of motorists, its streets had to be socially reconstructed as places where motorists belonged. It was not an evolution, he writes, but a bloody and sometimes violent revolution. Norton describes how street users struggled to define and redefine what streets were for. He examines developments in the crucial transitional years from the 1910s to the 1930s, uncovering a broad anti-automobile campaign that reviled motorists as "road hogs" or "speed demons" and cars as "juggernauts" or "death cars." He considers the perspectives of all users--pedestrians, police (who had to become "traffic cops"), street railways, downtown businesses, traffic engineers (who often saw cars as the problem, not the solution), and automobile promoters. He finds that pedestrians and parents campaigned in moral terms, fighting for "justice." Cities and downtown businesses tried to regulate traffic in the name of "efficiency." Automotive interest groups, meanwhile, legitimized their claim to the streets by invoking "freedom" -- a rhetorical stance of particular power in the United States. Fighting Traffic offers a new look at both the origins of the automotive city in America and how social groups shape technological change.

Gridlock

Author: Randal O'Toole
Publisher: Cato Institute
ISBN: 9781935308249
Release Date: 2010-01-18
Genre: Political Science

America is the most mobile society in history, but our transportation system is on the verge of collapse. Traffic congestion is today five times greater than it was 25 years ago, yet many transportation plans and projects are making it worse. As Randal O’Toole reveals in Gridlock, the prime causes of our ailing system are a government transportation planning philosophy whose primary goal is to diminish auto use—hence, personal mobility—in combination with federal budget incentives that perversely encourage transportation planners to increase congestion. As a result, the automobile which is accessible to almost every family in the nation and provides unparalleled access to better housing, low-cost consumer goods, a choice-driven affordable life, and freedom—is being deliberately forced off the transportation grid by the expensive “solution” of little-used high-speed trains and urban transit lines. Gridlock presents a wide range of innovative ideas and policy recommendations for creating an effective transportation system—improvements that will increase our mobility and pay for themselves, whether it’s cars, buses, planes, or trains. At the center of O’Toole’s solutions are three core principles: those who use transportation facilities should pay for them; negative effects should be dealt with in a cost-efficient manner; and new technologies that will increase mobility at a low cost must be embraced. In Gridlock, Randal O’Toole brings energetic and unconventional thinking to transportation strategies that have, until now, only driven us into the breakdown lane.

Road Rage and Aggressive Driving

Author: Dr. Leon James
Publisher:
ISBN: 1573928461
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Education

This authoritative book presents conclusions of recent studies on road rage, summarizes legislative and police initiatives, and redefines driver education for all drivers.

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Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307958259
Release Date: 2016-05-10
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ISBN: 9780393348743
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ISBN: 0674013824
Release Date: 2004-05-15
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226846958
Release Date: 2010-04-15
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Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805095586
Release Date: 2012-04-24
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ISBN: 9781501144318
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ISBN: 0470625767
Release Date: 2010-01-29
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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Author: Anthony Downs
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815796552
Release Date: 2005-06-22
Genre: Business & Economics

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