Traffic Jam Musings

crash barrier vangrail

L: Guide rail on the side of the roadside field, M: Crash barrier disappearing underground, R: Components of a standard guiderail (A-profile): S – guardrail, D – distance piece, P –post

Sometimes the traveler strays from his straight path and finds himself in need of guidance. For this reason the guiderail (or guardrail, or crash barrier) was invented. Besides its guiding function, it also has a safety aspect; it protects people and goods along the side of the road against the impact of incoming traffic. The guiderail is so common that the average motorist barely notices its presence anymore. Until he comes in contact with it, of course. Or if he finds himself stuck in traffic next to one. For a long time, without any other distractions. Then he rediscovers it and certain questions start to arise in his mind.  Continue reading

Concentric Planning vs. Blitzkrieg

Amersfoort Old and New

Street scenes inside and outside of the historical center, just 200 meters apart. Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Photos: RM

It is 75 years ago this week that the city of Rotterdam was stripped of its center by German bombs. In general, the absence of an old center is seen as a deficiency; In contrast, it can also be said that it provides certain advantages, especially in the field of urban planning.  Continue reading