Posted by on Aug 18, 2008 in News & Events |

You read a blog, click through to another blog, spot an interesting-looking link, and next thing you know you’re reading something like this, which you wouldn’t have stumbled across in a million years otherwise.

It’s an essay by Tom Vanderbilt on Hans Monderman, a Dutch traffic enginer who died recently. Monderman made a name for himself positing and attempting to prove, Vanderbilt writes, “that traditional traffic safety ­infra­structure – ­warning signs, traffic lights, metal railings, curbs, painted lines, speed bumps, and so ­on – ­is not only often unnecessary, but can endanger those it is meant to protect.”