Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Week 3 Day 1: Introduction to Traffic Engineering

Today we welcomed our students to the start of our 3rd week here at SOSC and to the transportation week. In the first two weeks of the program, we learned about various topics related to the energy system, food network and sustenance of a smart city. Every major city in America has problems related to traffic congestions. To help our smart city reduce or even eliminate congestion, we started off the day by discussing problems with our transportation network, from the students' experiences.

 (Clockwise from left) Mekhyi, Kayleen, Mohaimanul and Genesis painting the natural elements of our  smart city.

Later on in the day, we talked about the different elements of a city road; sidewalk, car lanes, bike lanes, crosswalks etc. and how the positioning of these different elements can potentially save lives and increase bike ridership. Instead of having bike lanes between the car lanes and parked cars, some cities are putting bike lanes between the sidewalk and the parked cars, reducing the potential for car-bike collisions and various other accidents.

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