There is nothing in the Western world which quite prepares the Naples neophyte for the sensory overload of the city. The one in Italy, not the one in Florida. Neapolitan driving is a prime example of paravehicular traffic, where, instead of formal rules, drivers react to their immediate vicinity. The result is a…
“There should be some special indicator light on your car for when you are in the process of doing something stupid and are sorry for it,” the wonderful blogger Mimi Smartypants writes. Totally. Here’s why.
An unassuming Dutch traffic engineer showed that streets without signs can be safer than roads cluttered with arrows, painted lines, and lights. Are we ready to believe him? Best-selling author Tom Vanderbilt explains why we should. —Ed.
To understand the libertarian beauty of Third World traffic, you have to let go of system-level traffic structures and focus on near-vehicle interactions.