Author Topic: Merged thread: Countdown graphics, Nearside pedestrian figures, etc etc  (Read 16349 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Merged thread: Countdown graphics, Nearside pedestrian figures, etc etc
« Reply #100 on: November 09, 2018, 02:24:54 pm »
I don't think there are any streets in the UK that wide, and the speed of the vehicles and trams seem to be about 5mph, and big gaps between vehicles.

Maybe this is more relevant:
London Traffic Jams (1946)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ewnGT41tuE

Apparently zebra crossing were only introduced in the UK in 1949. Looking at videos of that period, traffic seems much much slower than today.
Finally got around to watching the 1946 film. Yes, traffic seems much slower than today. Not much of it either; not just in relation to London today but San Francisco 40 years earlier. Presumably in 1946 traffic in Britain was still recovering from war time levels, with rationing and so on. It's a bit more orderly, but the pedestrians still cross the road wherever they happen to be and stop in random places between vehicles – presumably partly because there were not official crossing points other than junctions with lights, and partly because the low speeds meant they still could do this relatively safely.
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Re: Merged thread: Countdown graphics, Nearside pedestrian figures, etc etc
« Reply #101 on: November 09, 2018, 06:10:22 pm »
Petrol was still rationed until May 1950, which would affect volume of traffic, and possibly speed too.
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Re: Merged thread: Countdown graphics, Nearside pedestrian figures, etc etc
« Reply #102 on: November 09, 2018, 07:23:15 pm »
Also, we're the product of a couple of generations of "Keep out of the way of the cars!" culture since then.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Merged thread: Countdown graphics, Nearside pedestrian figures, etc etc
« Reply #103 on: November 10, 2018, 12:15:47 pm »
Also, we're the product of a couple of generations of "Keep out of the way of the cars!" culture since then.
I think that's the biggest point. I read somewhere that the term "jay walking" and the attendant concept that you should only cross the road at certain places was invented in the 1920s by the USA motor industry, in order to normalize cars.
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