The Hans Monderman traffic plan

This video makes my motorcycle riding brain a bit jumpy. That is a major intersection in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and it has no traffic signs. Cars, bikes, vans, buses, and pedestrians just make their way. It’s fascinating to look at, and there is some method to this madness.

Hans Monderman was a Dutch traffic engineer, perhaps best known for his ‘shared space’ concept. The idea is that when you remove all of the signs, markings, and regulations, safety is improved as all those involved must negotiate their travels with their fellow travelers. It’s an interesting idea, and it certainly moves faster than 520 on a weekday evening, but I think I’ll still opt for a Red-Yellow-Green light.

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