Aarian Marshall in Wired writes: “There Are Better Ways to Kill Traffic Than Lying to Waze“, probably inspired by my Tweet:
Street designs and restrictions could address traffic cut-through problems exacerbated by Google’s Waze. https://t.co/vXvU71R99K
— David M. Levinson (@trnsprtst) June 8, 2016
I gave a quote for the article and led him to some contacts. My quote
Burn It All Down
The other option is ugly. It’s brutal. Don’t do it, probably. But the absolute best way to reduce cut-through traffic is to transform your neighborhood into a grid. Cut-through traffic “is particularly a problem in areas that try to concentrate traffic onto a few major roads, but leave only a few other routes besides main arterials connected,” says David Levinson, a civil engineer with the University of Minnesota. Streets arranged as connected grids, on the other hand, “tend to distribute traffic more evenly.” That means that even if your neighborhood’s fave arterial road gets shuttered, vehicles fleeing congestion will spread out across the area. No one road will bear the brunt of the nuttiness.
Tragically, there are no shortcuts to beating residential traffic. Instead of using your phone to sabotage Waze, try using it to call your local transportation commissioner.