There is a reason that the pen in Sheboygan looks like a pen in Seattle. There is a reason why roads are divided by white and yellow markings in both places. There is also a reason, if a road-based bicycle sign is accompanied by words, such as “Speed,” bicycle they always come forward. The result is 862 pages long and has existed, in other words, for 85 years: Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
The purpose of this book is that, for the roads to be safe, they must be uniform, wherever people are driving, walking, or walking. to hit. The book “reflects the rules of the road,” said Jeff Lindley, deputy director of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. It will not tell you when to approach, but it will tell you which sign to use for helpless drivers move around. “It’s not a happy time when bedtime counts,” says Luke Schwartz, a traffic officer in San Luis Obispo, California.
For navigators, this book is like a professional Bible, which you read every week, if not every day. Inside is a legitimate combination Answers, probably better should, and OK-to-do mays. The Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, which has monitored the content of the manual since 1971, recommended that engineers use their skills to determine if a road sign, pedestrian, or bicycle recorder is working.
Now the book is changing for the first time in 11 years. This has brought out critics who claim to be old-fashioned and focus more on cars than on pedestrians or two-wheelers. Some city officials want to have the right to make signs, labels, and roadblocks that complement local roads, as well as the various means – buses, moped, escooter – available to their citizens. They want flexibility in choosing different bike signs or setting up transit routes, choices that are not approved by this manual. (Officials have sent strict letters to cities including Louis, Ames, Iowa, and Lexington, Kentucky, encouraging them to come up with a way to follow through.) Earlier this year, a number of movement development groups tried not only to expand the book, but also to rewrite it.
Globally, security statistics it’s moving Wrong Way. A study by the Governors Highway Safety Association found a 4.8 percent increase in fatalities on the road last year. The trend is to reduce traffic congestion as a result of the epidemic: a 21% increase in pedestrian traffic each mile. This is the biggest jump since the government began tracking the figures in 1975.
“Now is the time to say, ‘What should be the spirit of the document? And what is the best way to go about it?'” Americans who are leading the work to review this book.
The Federal Highway Administration released the amendment documents late last year. The last time the book was revised, a few thousand people, especially management experts, commented. This year, 26,000 comments were poured out from across the country.