We are unable to make it to this weekend’s City of Houston Open Innovation Hackathon, but hopefully you are going. They have a ton of great ideas to work on at the site, but we thought we’d share one more that occurred to us today.
Please feel free to borrow liberally from these ideas, we can’t wait to see what comes out of the Hackathon.
The first goal would be to make basic analysis of what effect moving Houston to a city based on Parallel Roads would have. The basic idea here is that by eliminating left turns you can drastically speed up the rate of travel in a city and speed driver toward the ‘ring-roads’ where they can travel at very high speeds. We already see this pattern downtown where it works really well. What if it was extended to the other major city streets in the city.
Imagine Westhimer only went in to town and Richmond only went out of town. Shepard and Greenbriar already follow this pattern, but what if it were extended to Montrose only running south and Kirby only running north. The Parallel Roads pattern typically demonstrates a speed increase of more than 2 fold. Streets where a commuter averages 10-15 mph with traffic stops for left hand turning drivers can average 30-45 mph when stops are reduced.
Step 1: Use Google Maps and driving directions API to calculate the decrease in driving times from various locations to other various locations if certain streets are converted to one way (and […]