Route 50, get your kicks instead on the loneliest road in America

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

I think if I ever road-trip across the United States, I’d forego driving along the better known Route 66, and instead opt for the not so often mentioned Route 50:

And then there is Route 50, a black ribbon that stretches from Ocean City, Maryland, to Sacramento. “For the unhurried, this little-known highway is the best national road across the middle of the United States,” wrote William Least Heat-Moon in Blue Highways, his classic 1982 account of driving the nation’s back roads in search of the nation’s heart. Fifteen years later, Time magazine called this same strip of pavement “The Backbone of America” in a cover story that was part travelogue, part sociopolitical pulse-taking. It is a long backbone, 3,007 miles in length, its vertebrae etched with names like Loogootee, Pruntytown, Poncha Springs and Majors Place.

There’s a 460 kilometre section of the highway, approximately between the borders of Utah and California, that has been dubbed the “Loneliest Road in America”… would that not be a journey to remember or what?

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For a better neighbourhood, demand two way, not one way, streets

Wednesday, 29 April, 2015

I’ve always found one way streets, especially as a pedestrian, somewhat disorienting. For instance I still look, out of habit I guess, both ways for traffic, as I cross one. It seems one way street systems do far worse than just confuse but a single person on foot though.

Crime rates rise, as do motor vehicle accidents, while property values, and the revenue of businesses situated along one way streets decrease, at least this is what was noted in Louisville, a city in the US state of Kentucky.

In 2011, Louisville converted two one-way streets near downtown, each a little more than a mile long, back to two-way traffic. In data that they gathered over the following three years, Gilderbloom and William Riggs found that traffic collisions dropped steeply – by 36 percent on one street and 60 percent on the other – after the conversion, even as the number of cars traveling these roads increased. Crime dropped too, by about a quarter, as crime in the rest of the city was rising. Property values rose, as did business revenue and pedestrian traffic, relative to before the change and to a pair of nearby comparison streets.

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The best way to plug a pot hole? With a mosaic of course

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014

Photo by Jim Bachor

It would be nice to think that the streets of our cities and towns didn’t… develop pot holes, but when – or if – they do, shouldn’t we all adopt Chicago based artist Jim Bachor’s solution for dealing with them?

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Get more from life by jumping between traffic gaps in the fast lane

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013

When it comes to crossing the average city or suburban street, people fall into four categories.

People who evaluate the situation for themselves and cross on their own terms. Finally, my personal ideal. These are people who don’t stupidly run across the street with a blatant disregard for their surroundings. Yet they’ll take a step forward, and as the last car passes they have no problem looking both ways and crossing. They realize that it’s pointless to sit and wait around for the last fifteen seconds while life passes them by and the street sits empty. They’re willing to take a calculated “risk” and not just follow rules blindly because “that’s the way it is.”

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We don’t use lines to mark roads here, we use potholes

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013

Possibly you’ll never again complain about potholes on local roads after seeing this video of a section of the highway between, I believe, the Ukrainian cities of Ternopil and Lviv.

They definitely need New York City’s pothole repair team here.

Via English Russia.

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Every city needs a crack pothole repair squad

Friday, 18 January, 2013

I doubt any town or city could function properly without a roving team, or teams, of people who take care of the potholes that constantly spring-up on its road networks.

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A false start… is time up already for hourglass traffic lights?

Tuesday, 30 November, 2010

Hourglass traffic light

Traffic lights that incorporate a hourglass, giving motorists an indication of when the signal will change from one phase to another… while certainly pleasing visually, reservations have been expressed about the usability of such a system in some of the discussion accompanying the source article.

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Flip from left to right when driving from Hong Kong to China

Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

A proposal by Dutch designers, NL architects, could result in the construction of a far from ordinary bridge roadway connecting Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland, which would include artificial islands serving as car parks and bus stations.

Under the proposal, a “flipper” would be incorporated along the connecting roadway, allowing Hong Kong motorists – who drive on the left – to switch safely and effortlessly to the right, the side Chinese drivers use, and vice versa.

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Photo: one of two paths which you can follow

Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

road arrow

Forward, the only way to go.

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Photo: streetlights, a scene from our summer road trip

Monday, 1 February, 2010

freeway lights

A random road trip road stop somewhere.

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