Friday, November 9, 2012
Minor Streetcar Accidents Will Create Major Pike Traffic Problems
If anything this blog underestimates the traffic problems a streetcar system will create on the Pike.
I regularly visit Portland and Seattle. Takes at least an hour to clear an auto-streetcar accident without injuries, because the 4-wheel vehicle almost always cannot be driven and the streetcar has to be inspected for damage.
Also, takes an hour when a bicyclist who's thrown off his or her bicycle and breaks bones or suffers a concussion for the police and paramedics to reach the scene and take the person to the hospital.
Why is so much time, effort, and money being expended on designing more irrational shared-street streetcar systems?