What should be done to improve traffic conditions?

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Flavia.lm 4060 1 10 94
Question: What should be done to improve traffic conditions in your city?

Answer:

I live in Greater Sao Paulo, the world's worst traffic jam, according to Time. It is said that the ring road will change our current situation. In the meantime, my suggestions are:
- Improve the conditions of public transportation – this I have to admit that is being done,
- Create new alternatives for draining the rain water, and keep adequate preservation and maintenance of the few green areas still left, so then the city won’t flood every time it rains.
- Implement more sensible urban occupation policies.

Now it’s your turn!
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Logan18 30
Hahahah I really think the world should be created again... only so it will be improved. We would need throw down some buildings and maintain our green areas untouched and bearing in mind that we have taking care about the environment.

Someone else?

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
To improve traffic conditions I suggest jail all the bad motorists. To jail all the bad motorists I suggest build more max security prisons. To build more max security prisons I suggest jail all the corrupt politicians. To jail all the corrupt politicians I suggest... damn, what comes next?

danilorpo 5
I'm from Ribeirão Preto - SP. What I think should be done to improve traffic conditions is the government creates public parking, mainly in downtown, building new avenues and so on. However, I think people should use public transport instead of private cars. For example here in my city, there are 1,6 cars per person, it´s the second biggest rate in our country, just Curitiba is bigger than us.

tivrfoa 20
wow. this one is easy. Joking. xD

I would do like some other country that I forgot the name does, that is to charge high parking fees. I would also improve public transportation.

Gustavo Dias 25
I live in a small town, where is pratically without the problem.

But it is a problem in the whole Brazil in big cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro: the drivers do not respect the neither the traffic laws nor other drivers, and they drive bad.

The solution for this problem, is to apply more sever traffic laws in our country.
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Gustavo Dias 25
Marcio_Farias escreveu:To improve traffic conditions I suggest jail all the bad motorists. To jail all the bad motorists I suggest build more max security prisons. To build more max security prisons I suggest jail all the corrupt politicians. To jail all the corrupt politicians I suggest... damn, what comes next?
I agree with you, Marcio. But we gotta be careful for not to be too strong in minimum things and not to put "good guys" in the jail... lol

ailime 80 1
I think that the most important thing to be done is to finish the ring road, which will give us a litle relief for a while, but still, it is not enough to solve the chronic problems of our traffic jams. It is known that our government should invest more in public transportation by constructing more metro lines because what are available currently are so insignificant and inefficient. Anyways, if our government do not turn a blind eye to the matter and start working seriously I am pretty sure that things will be better.

w.slayman 110
ailime escreveu:I think that the most important thing to be done is to finish the ring road, which will give us a litle relief for a while, but still, it is not enough to solve the chronic problems of our traffic jams. It is known that our government should invest more in public transportation by constructing more metro lines because what are available currently are so insignificant and inefficient. Anyways, if our government do not turn a blind eye to the matter and start working seriously I am pretty sure that things will be better.
Ailime,

If I may offer a few suggestions. In the U.S. a ring road is called a "beltway", however I personally think that "ring road " is probably more discriptive. In your second sentence I would make these changes, "... constructing more metro lines because what we currently have is so insignificant and inefficient." In your third sentence "do not" should be "does not" and "start" should be "starts".

Judging by the time stamp on your post you wrote it in a big hurry and made some mistakes you would not normally make. ;) :D

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
Gustavo Dias escreveu:
Marcio_Farias escreveu: To jail all the corrupt politicians I suggest... damn, what comes next?
I agree with you, Marcio. But we gotta be careful for not to be too strong in minimum things and not to put "good guys" in the jail... lol
I steadfastly hold the notion the good should jail the bad. But the pretty shouldn't jail the ugly just because the latter didn't apply enough makeup.

Let us stay on topic, though. We need to re-educate our children so that they become good motorists in the future. At any age (or rate), we also need to bring out the good motorist in all of us, not to drive recklessly and not to use our automobile as a deadly weapon on a "Make My Day" basis. But most of all, we should fiercely fight road rage feelings.

I remember having to re-apply for a driver's license because I declared myself "looney and wanting to drive over any unsuspecting pedestrian should they walk in front of my car." DETRAN's chief psychiatrist then cross-questioned me as to why I should knock all the pedestrians down like kingpins. She gave me a lot of tests calculated to psych me out and I ended up having to take driving lessons for three consecutive nights at a local authorized driving school.

Well, says who! Today I consider myself the worst car driver the world has ever dreamed of having in its worst nightmare. I think I should go to jail on a permanent basis. :oops:

ENG_rafael 10
Hello,

I am sure that the most important measure at this moment is to improve the public transportation, because it is working and a change would be much more fast about it than about any other. In Brazil, the cars and buses were the focus of our ancient government since the push to the industrialization in the mandate by Vargas (a brazilian former president), when train was rejected as the main mean of transportation. So, Brazil has had a poor public system, because the buses don't be a priority, unfortunately, I guess to our goverment the public system is just a mean of transportation to poor people in order to it works a lot, instead of thinking about a mean that were for all people, rich and poor. If Brazil had a good service by train and buses, our country would be much better, the quality of our lives would become better and the largest cities would be more enjoyable. Maybe penty of accidents would be avoid and our healthy would be improved.
I don't see a possible change in the next years, but I am convicted these will be a fact someday, else some cities of Brazil will enter in a colapse.

Regards!

w.slayman 110
Since I am a gringo, and have only visited Sao Paulo I may not be as well qualified as a native Paulista is to answer this question, however I will express my opinion regardless of its value.

First I would reduce the number of cars being used on any given day by reversing the license plate number scheme as it currently is, i.e. on Mondays only cars with plates ending in 0 or 1 could drive, on Tuesdays only cars with plates ending in 2 or 3 could be used, and so on.
The second thing I would change would be to require all motoboys to use bicycles instead of motocycles.
The third thing would be to restrict heavy trucks to the right hand lane on the express ways.
The last thing would be to double the number of busses on the streets since there would be plenty of room for them, after implementing the first three.

Oh my gosh I forgot the first thing, which would be to buy a very large life insurance policy on myself before making the changes. :lol: :lol:

To be serious, I believe the most important and effective action would be to increase the metro service areas, and even add local high speed feeder lines to the main high speed lines. An elegant and cost effective option would be a combination subway and elevated train system, with no tracks on grade, except for short transitions, supplemented by a greater number of busses, and on some routes using double deckers and or express (non stop) busses.

Flavia.lm 4060 1 10 94
Dear all,

I had the opportunity to spend some hours in Curitiba a couple of years ago, when returning from a trip to Santa Catarina. I remember the tourist guide told us about the very well planned – and effective - traffic system they have there.

I found the video below very interesting and it is also a very good opportunity for you to practice your English (and envy the Curitibans).

I liked the fact that Mr. Lerner, the engenieer responsible for the road system project, is now working as a consultant, advising many cities in the first world.

Mr. Lerner does not have a perfect pronunciation, but his English is quite understandable and I liked the way he used some metaphors.

Important: The video is a bit long, more than fifteen minutes.

Hope you like it.

Benites
Improve public trnsport and pedestrianize downtown.

ailime 80 1
Flavia.lm escreveu:Dear all,

I had the opportunity to spend some hours in Curitiba a couple of years ago, when returning from a trip to Santa Catarina. I remember the tourist guide told us about the very well planned – and effective - traffic system they have there.

I found the video below very interesting and it is also a very good opportunity for you to practice your English (and envy the Curitibans).

I liked the fact that Mr. Lerner, the engenieer responsible for the road system project, is now working as a consultant, advising many cities in the first world.

Mr. Lerner does not have a perfect pronunciation, but his English is quite understandable and I liked the way he used some metaphors.

Important: The video is a bit long, more than fifteen minutes.

Hope you like it.

Flávia,

Very instructive and interesting, indeed!!
He makes analogy between car and mother- in- law!! ha ha haaa!!
What I thought interesting is at 2 min and 18 sec when she says "pedestrian mall". Pedrestrian mall is (also known as a pedestrian street) is the most common form of pedestrian zone in large cities. It is a street lined with storefronts and closed off to most automobile traffic. ...

So, in the case of pedestrianisation of 25 de março street, we may refer to the area as pedestrian mall.

Thak you! :D

felipeh6 2255 7 56
Hi,

Of course this is not an easy and simple task, but we need more and new roads. There's a lot of new cars and other vehicles being sold every day and nothing is being done to build new alternative roads. And, no doubt, it's necessary to create an intelligent system of public transportation... we are far away from that...

That's it!

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
felipeh6 escreveu:[...] There's a lot of new cars and other vehicles being sold every day and nothing is being done to build new alternative roads.[...]
The whole system got us spinning a vicious circle. I think every sold car should come complete with a free two-lane road for it to roll on. In any direction. I mean, a two-lane road would provide enough room for a car. Even for drunk drivers who insist on zig-zagging or swerving off course despite their best efforts to keep their cars going straight.

Frank Florida 210 5
The only two things I've ever seen to truly improve traffic conditions in a mega metropolis are roundabouts (traffic circles) and subway or skytrain networks...

~ Frank Florida ~

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
You can now buy cars that fly, provided you have loads of money. And a bit of courage.

I consider flying better than driving, though.

felipeh6 2255 7 56
Marcio_Farias escreveu:You can now buy cars that fly, provided you have loads of money. And a bit of courage.

I consider flying better than driving, though.
That's really far away from our daily routines! If we are not able to organize our roads, imagine that on the air! :?

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
My comments (and questions) may seem spaced out, but what type organization do our (oft-crowded or pot-holed) roads need? What keeps you from piloting a flying car?

felipeh6 2255 7 56
Marcio_Farias escreveu:My comments (and questions) may seem spaced out, but what type organization do our (oft-crowded or pot-holed) roads need? What keeps you from piloting a flying car?
Sorry to ask it, but... you're joking, aren't you?

.

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
No. I just hoped you would answer my questions. In my metaphysical interpretation of traffic improvability, the city councils in my city should follow Japan's quick way of rebuilding (earthquake-) damaged roads. It can rebuild an entire road in less than a week. It did it in 2010. My city councils, well, they should contract more road builders using high-class material and better road-building equipment. Either that or they should conceive a project for local aerial traffic safe enough for flying cars to zip through, fro and back. Of course, to drive one of these one should have flying lessons in an airplane almost similarly as one would have driving lessons in a car.

Local motorists, however, should change their views toward driving. Unfortunately you cannot change that overnight. Local motorists will still rather drive than fly. And even if local, road-rage motorists could fly, they would still need more than just flying lessons. This you can reasonably assume.

Nevertheless the day will come for a generation using solely quick-moving flying cars. By the time this effectively happens, we will have wheel-less personal vehicles pretty much like the Jetsons. (Just imagine flying over Mount Everest at your will or landing on a distant paradisical island on a sunny day after flying for a couple of days. How about paying Canada a week-long visit before heading for the UK across the Atlantic all in your personal flying car?)

Our own future daily routines may include hopping onto one of these and off you fly.

felipeh6 2255 7 56
Marcio_Farias escreveu:No. I just hoped you would answer my questions. In my metaphysical interpretation of traffic improvability, the city councils in my city should follow Japan's quick way of rebuilding (earthquake-) damaged roads. It can rebuild an entire road in less than a week. It did it in 2010. My city councils, well, they should contract more road builders using high-class material and better road-building equipment. Either that or they should conceive a project for local aerial traffic safe enough for flying cars to zip through, fro and back. Of course, to drive one of these one should have flying lessons in an airplane almost similarly as one would have driving lessons in a car.

Local motorists, however, should change their views toward driving. Unfortunately you cannot change that overnight. Local motorists will still rather drive than fly. And even if local, road-rage motorists could fly, they would still need more than just flying lessons. This you can reasonably assume.

Nevertheless the day will come for a generation using solely quick-moving flying cars. By the time this effectively happens, we will have wheel-less personal vehicles pretty much like the Jetsons. (Just imagine flying over Mount Everest at your will or landing on a distant paradisical island on a sunny day after flying for a couple of days. How about paying Canada a week-long visit before heading for the UK across the Atlantic all in your personal flying car?)

Our own future daily routines may include hopping onto one of these and off you fly.
Hi Marcio,

But please, how to control the air traffic if everyone has its own vehicle flying around? The mess would be even bigger than in the roads, don't you think so?

.

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
Yes, controlling local air traffic would constitute a big problem, inasmuch as flying cars would have to share the air with helicopters. Yes again, air crashes would occur more frequently, it requiring more SAMU ambulances and aerial fire trucks. Just imagine how much intensive training that would require, you know, parachutes for all, survival tests, and the entire national transit code remade on the basis of it.

Come to think of it, you would not catch me driving a flying car. I'd rather go for a helicopter... if I have the dough to buy one, though.

felipeh6 2255 7 56
Marcio_Farias escreveu:Yes, controlling local air traffic would constitute a big problem, inasmuch as flying cars would have to share the air with helicopters. Yes again, air crashes would occur more frequently, it requiring more SAMU ambulances and aerial fire trucks. Just imagine how much intensive training that would require, you know, parachutes for all, survival tests, and the entire national transit code remade on the basis of it.

Come to think of it, you would not catch me driving a flying car. I'd rather go for a helicopter... if I have the dough to buy one, though.
Hi Marcio,

Here you are: protótipo de carro flutuante

http://revista.pensecarros.com.br/espec ... uante.html

I believe you'll like this link!

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
Checked that out. Still you wouldn't catch me driving a flying (or floating) car.

Marcio_Farias 12560 1 23 212
How about "driving" a driverless car?

That means the car will do the driving for you.

Check it out here.

felipeh6 2255 7 56
Marcio_Farias escreveu:How about "driving" a driverless car?

That means the car will do the driving for you.

Check it out here.
As far as "imprudence" is one of the worst characteristics among our brazilian drivers (and probably in other countries too), at least it would be safer and more prudent.

By the way, interesting word here: "driverless"!

Regards.

Lucas PAYNE 260 7
Hi Friends,
So today I would like to talk a little bit about yesterday,definitely a stressful day.
I got away from my job 17 PM, as usual,waiting for the bus,maybe, 1 hour, but normally I wait for 10 minutes.
Finaly I took the bus and in a normal day I spend 40 minutes inside the bus. Suddenly I was sleeping, ZzzzZzzzZ.
I woke up after 1hour and 30 minutes and guess what? I was in the same place.
After 3 hours enjoying my adventure I got home.

What should be done to improve traffic conditions?

In my opinion,we'll need to fight for a losing battle.

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