The Italian pedagogue Francesco Tonucci misses a city where kids can go to school alone. One of the ways he proposes to do this is by having the children hand out ‘moral fines’ to drivers. Will it work?
The presence of vehicles in city centres varies in different parts of the planet. Although, in general terms, there seems to be a trend: cars are giving up space in downtown areas. Will this trend increase in the future?
In addition to facilitating the flow of traffic, highways and motorways can do other things. Generate clean energy, for example. There are several projects that are developing systems capable of producing electrical energy from the movement of the vehicles. Here are some of them.
During the period of the Empire, the Romans launched an ambitious plan to build a communications network from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and including the British Isles and the Back Sea. Most of these roads were still being used during the following millennium and even longer. Some are still used today.
In 2014, Aaron Naparstek, founder of a site called Streetsblog, coined the term ‘sneckdowns’ for the large piles of snow that accumulate by the sides of roads after a storm. While it may be surprising, they sometimes provide an opportunity to improve the design of city streets and roads. Do you know why?