Friday, October 8, 2010

The green wave

The Green Wave in Copenhagen from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

This is pretty cool. I found this on Neuron Culture over at Wired Science. In Copenhagen they've set the traffic lights up on some of the bike routes so that if you wander along at a steady 20kph (not unreasonable) you get green lights all the way into the city. Which would make biking very attractive, I imagine for anyone living with 4 or 5 kilometers of the city center. If the number of people who drive and live that close to the city center in Auckland is any indication, that would take a fair chunk out of the car numbers heading in every day. Sadly, I don't think it would work in Auckland. To many hills. You'd have to figure out average speeds up hills and down hills and along flats and work that all into the lights, which I imagine would snarl things up pretty spectacularly in some places. Pity the only traffic engineer I know is in south america at the moment, I'd ask him for an opinion.

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