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Wendover Productions (2 years ago)
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Carofdoom1126 (23 days ago)
You haf to opportunity to too, you had to resist!
Aethel Yfel (25 days ago)
That’s the whole point, it’s very slow to get somewhere when you are a corpse.
MetaDragon (1 month ago)
0 1 (1 month ago)
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Hindu Goat (2 months ago)
stop spamming this sponsors advertising... thumbs down for greed
Risick (2 days ago)
3:13 interesting 3:27 crashes increased by 25 percent wait did Minnesota purposely endanger its citizens
Pavel X (2 days ago)
What about German Autobahn style intersections (Autiobahnkreuz - https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autobahnkreuz)? Are they better or worse? Why aren't they included in so many videos?
Austin Martín Hernández (3 days ago)
Public transit doesn't exist everywhere you know.
Austin Martín Hernández (3 days ago)
These problems don't exist in small towns. Moving from a small town into larger cities, traffic is not something that I would miss moving back to my tiny hometown.
David (3 days ago)
Creating a Uber Style Network to fill the empty seats in the cars driving the road.
Douglas Millar (3 days ago)
Couldn't agree more. The road designs in Europe I find to be far superior for efficiency and driver experience. Im amazed it hasn't been addressed earlier. You focused on highways and major roads but the smaller roads could be improve massively as well with some simple fixes. Coming from Europe the incessant use of 4-way stops on many of the Californian roads (lived there 3 yrs) drove me crazy ;-). What could have been a quick smooth journey to my storage unit (for example) was made into an arduous time consuming stop start PITA. You mentioned one solution, roundabouts (dont forget mini roundabouts), which on slower less busy roads are defiantly quicker than 4-way stops. The other option (not mentioned) is greater use of a main/minor road system in place of a equal priority grid ie ditch the 4-way stops and stick a Yield/Give Way sign on the lesser used road..... why have everyone stop every 5 seconds when the majority of the time there is nobody crossing or joining. - i also noticed that in the land of the free the whole system micromanaged driving to the point people are treated like barely thinking automatons. As you imply, treat people like they are not trusted to make decisions and eventually they stop bothering to pay much attention. In Europe drivers have more room to employ their own judgment and in my opinion it creates a more efficient, more enjoyable driving experience plus greater driver awareness and consideration of other road users. On the flip side some of the differences probably make the US better set up for the introduction of autonomous vehicles...oh and i did like being able to turn right on a red :-)
Joe Widing (4 days ago)
The diverging diamond is an even worse nightmare for pedestrians and is just a shit design for anything other than cars. You seem to forget that the easiest way to fix traffic is TO GET PEOPLE OUT OF CARS. Period. Everything that makes driving easier or faster is inherently unsafe for both the individual and the earth as long as it drives more VMT.
Lars Jorgensen (4 days ago)
2:56 ramp meter onto I5 in Seattle, WA.
Mn On (5 days ago)
I love the segways to ads lol
Dan Kelly (5 days ago)
Hmm, any design that "allows more cares thru" will induce demand and lead to further congestion. There are no solutions in this film that tackle the wider issues associated with a car dependent society either and these often hit vulnerable groups the most and affluent groups the least. More walking, cycling and transit is the solution to congestion.
John Smith (5 days ago)
most people drive like idiots without a brain in their heads.
DanRyzESPUK (6 days ago)
Simple: more lanes attract more cars, and creates more bottlenecks on bypasses. Want less traffic? Simple, get fewer cars in the street: more public transport, more pederestrian areas in cities, and more bikes.
infinitecanadian (6 days ago)
Charging drivers is actually a good idea.
Chris Blatner (6 days ago)
Houston doesn't have close to the worst traffic in America now, 61 minutes to go twentyeighth miles isn't that badd, maybe try living in Portland Oregon where our city has the infrastructure of a much smaller city in very few lanes, traffic is horrible. Maybe more lanes does help a little bit
Michele Bogdan Craciun (9 days ago)
How to fix traffic? Dont be the traffic.
wayne Last (10 days ago)
Once self driving cars become ubiquitous then we won’t have to worry about people obeying traffic rules anymore.
wayne Last (10 days ago)
That’s why the huge traffic flows better in large cities like Bangkok etc.
wayne Last (10 days ago)
Put a sniper on the highway and you will decrease the traffic.
wayne Last (10 days ago)
So you increase the highway traffic but increase the time to waiting to get on the highway?
Sasquatch (12 days ago)
More lanes DOES NOT equal more traffic. As a city planner, I can tell you have extensive knowledge on the issue, including on most of the causes, but what causes traffic besides people, is the fact that road hierarchies weren't followed upon construction and implementation of the road network, either because it was built a long time ago or because the city now lacks the space and budget to completely redesign the network itself. For example, a 6 lane road being fed by 300 entrances and having exits towards a 1 lane road is just asking for trouble. I can see why roundabouts sound like they just discovered gunpowder in the US (much like the diamond intersection), but that only works to an extent. The US road network is just so dogshit it's actually amazing it only takes people 2 hours to get into a city. And I'm being honest here. You guys have so many bottlenecks in your road systems you could actually compare it to having blue balls.
Elektrolyfe (13 days ago)
It'd be cool if we all just rode in autonomous cars. Take human error out of that equation.
russko118 (13 days ago)
no, the problem is that US peolpe are not able to drive with other people around. Not able to zip move or give way to others
eedfsa hhhb (13 days ago)
Fixing traffic reducing the number of cars who enter the road means not to give any benefit to society. Forcing people to wait before enter a road doesn't solve the main problem of traffic, that is delay, and make them to use other means is a disadvantage as well. In fact if people prefer cars anytime they can (making the 1:1 relation between roads and cars) it means that other means are worse.
Tekk Luthor (14 days ago)
I learned about roundabouts in City Skyline 8:44 definitely taking this one for City Skyline
Juan Hernandez (14 days ago)
Lol it took me 50 minute for 15 miles trip smh
Ricardo Niz (14 days ago)
We just need one good plague
G2I Media (16 days ago)
So what I heard is if you keep building a ridiculously large amount of lanes eventually you'll run out of cars to fill it with. Lets do that!
AbDoO_ Almyhob (16 days ago)
Elon Musk : *HOLD MY BEER*
Tealie17 (17 days ago)
The whole extra lanes cause traffic thing is true in the city, but not in rural areas of a freeway.
Mark J (17 days ago)
What about the mini roundabout
M L (17 days ago)
Roundabouts are far from perfect, in fact in Melbourne, Australia we are getting rid of some of the large ones in the suburbs and replacing them with intersections. They can be problematic when there is a lot of traffic entering from the same road meaning that often people cant even get a break to get into the roundabout. This is usually only a peak hour problem, but it can be significant. Some of our roundabouts actually have traffic lights...
Matt T (19 days ago)
Roundabouts only work in the US if you educate the populace on their use and you strictly enforce it. Soccer moms treat yield situations like a suggestion. Roundabouts May indeed reduce the number of head-on fatalities, but they greatly increase the number of fender benders due to removing the hard stop and the narcissistic nature of the “me first” generation.
Darren Munsell (19 days ago)
The hyperbole in this video! It's obvious that the presenter never lived in a Round About dominated country ..
finao o (18 days ago)
Hyperbole is literally the greatest thing in the history of the entire universe.
Ram Bikkani (19 days ago)
Pretty fucked up experiment
Elijah Hua (19 days ago)
wow city skyline with reality mods
Galgo Carreras (21 days ago)
So, restricting yet one more thing is the solution. That's how liberties die.
Muhammad N (22 days ago)
2:17 is atlanta. i live therelll
TroublesomeTruckFan1996 (22 days ago)
How to solve traffic you ask? The road is lava.
H S (22 days ago)
5:55 Hello, my Poland!
Luke (23 days ago)
Motorcycles are a great way to reduce congestion. If every person you see in a car, commuting by themselves was on a motorcycle, less cluttered congestion and lower emissions.
The Ombudsman (23 days ago)
I think it's implausible to support a road toll so long as the public transportation in the US is so bad. Once that is actually fixed, then go wild, otherwise you're just taxing poor people for trying to survive.
Geo Zero (24 days ago)
Ramp meters don't work. More lanes don't work. My dad studied traffic as an engineer 50 years ago. Traffic - or rather traffic jams - are caused by too many onramps and offramps, because traffic inherently slows down to get off the main road or to get on. More lane changes happen causing traffic to slow or even causing collissions. Some freeway roads have eliminated emergency lanes - like in Southern California - which prevents anyone from pulling over in the most minor of emergencies. This inherently causes more traffic jambs. In Fort Worth area onramps and offramps are often 1 mile or more apart. Compare that to 4-6 on ramps/offramps in Southern California. Fort Worth freeways also have feeder roads along the freeway that act as a transitional buffer for traffic. This allows traffic to keep moving.
yngvark (24 days ago)
Good video, but pretty misleading clickbait title - Last sentence in video is: "But traffic won't fix itself, so until cities at least experiment with solutions, we're all condemned to traffic forever."
Richard Baal (24 days ago)
that music is from draw rider the game lmfao
Steven Manuel (25 days ago)
Anybody else notice the cars driving BACKWARDS through the roundabout while doing a u-turn at 5:35???
Aethel Yfel (25 days ago)
Answer: cycling infrastructure, roundabouts, intercity trains. Underground intracity trains. Getting rid of Parking Miniums, and other instances of moral hazard that put the cost of driving on other people. And holding the road builders, and government accountable for the third cost of driving traffic casualties. No more single use zoning codes.
Davey Thacher (27 days ago)
Roundabouts only really work at low speed intersections. As for stopping high speed collisions that's complete nonsense. In fact its a fallacy. Roundabouts at high speed intersections will bottleneck.
Davey Thacher (18 days ago)
@finao o It depends on the light design and what it prioritizes. However when green all lanes can move at speed limit. Roundabouts force latency which can affect throughput. If you study crossbars you would understand some of this. Roundabouts attempt to normalize access times into common space. Which has a tradeoff. Burst traffic can force latency also however its in bursts or pockets and can allow huge throughput. Intersections are a form of arbitration. They also are like operating systems in that they manage common or shared sources which is the intersection space itself. I have found computer analysis lives everywhere. Most things are systems and therefore you can find the shared properties. Most things are energy based also which sort of behaves the same too.
finao o (18 days ago)
Don't traffic lights already cause bottlenecks at those intersections?
Bruder Rüdiger (27 days ago)
Nerve (28 days ago)
>People freak out over the idea of privatizing roads >Yet metered roads using prices to check demand is the best solution to congestion Really, REALLY makes you think. Basic economics work when applied to roads? Huh.
Wubba Wubba (29 days ago)
Ramp meters! Those are what we have in Seattle and I never knew what they were, exactly. Thanks! I mean, our traffic can still get pretty hellish, even with those meters, but I’d hate to experience what it would be like without them. But people here drive like absolute assholes so that’s probably why. There’ll be barely any room for them to get between you and the car ahead, but they won’t care. It’s madness.
Carlos (29 days ago)
03:12 so some people wrecked their car just for some experiment ? Lmao why is that funny
Adam Beaton (30 days ago)
The way to fix traffic forever is to get rid of cars. End of story.
Dustin Hanor (30 days ago)
Legalize lane splitting and have 30% of people ride to work daily. Boom traffic solved fuckers
Bagus Kusuma (1 month ago)
this video maybe didnt valid in third country because if there is rule or not in road, trafic is bad
Dwayne Smith (1 month ago)
Karuzo (1 month ago)
the US is like a caveman lol
Dominik Lovric (1 month ago)
How do you fix traffic forever? CGP Grey: *AUTOMATION*
David Mark (1 month ago)
Self driving cars are the best solution
Robert Binner Mattfeldt (1 month ago)
Force people to live where they work, and work where they live. More and more workers work from their home-stations. Pass laws requiring big companies to provide parking, and affordable housing for all their employees. It has been done in Europe, and it works perfectly.
Cigmorfil (27 days ago)
When I was a London Bus driver I would rather not live on the bus thank you
Steffen Berr (1 month ago)
As a transportation engineer I can tell you this guy is spot on
Darren Munsell (19 days ago)
And if you believe this guy you're an idiot
Talons Baseball (1 month ago)
Wendover’s real answer, use planes
TwoStarII (1 month ago)
put your feet on the damn pedal and there wont be any traffic, seriously sometimes i'll overtake someone and check my rear view and see a trail of cars behind him caused by ONE GUY, just that guy alone!
James Kirk (1 month ago)
traffic and fatal accidents will always exist at unacceptably high levels until vehicles stop rolling on rubber tires and asphalt roads. Trains suck. A car that can jump onto an electrified rail for commuting and interstate travel then jump off onto rubber tires and roads for last mile low speed destinations. Essentially, we need to hand the transportation reigns over to rollercoaster and golf cart manufacturers. problem solved.
Gen.salsalani Rubat (1 month ago)
Philippines : am i joke to you?
Eric x (1 month ago)
5:41 sure, and that's why those hilly and curvy two lane country road with speed limit of 60+mph scares me so much
Eric x (1 month ago)
Roderick Clerk yep, but consider how most of the times there's no vehicles on those roads it's hard to persuade people not to go that fast
Roderick Clerk (1 month ago)
Yep. I wish those speeds were reduced to like 45 or lower.
Joey Abad (1 month ago)
Traffic in Philippines doesn't improve in years, it's getting worse because of 0 downpayment in cars,
GangGangDeep End (1 month ago)
I'm getting less stupid each video I watch
Dhrumil Patel (1 month ago)
onedrew ge (1 month ago)
@wendoverproductions, you should include the price of the sponsored product. Helps to get viewer attention if reasonable
Erwin Vasquez (1 month ago)
bruh bruh (1 month ago)
*boots up cities skylines*
EASY PLAYSYT (1 month ago)
Just ban the people
Rob S (1 month ago)
The ease and convenience of living where you want to and then travelling further to your place of work, is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. It's not just about the fast population growth we're dealing with (I'm in Australia and we are extremely congested in our main cities), it's also the push for greener forms of transportation that will thrust the cost per mile boundaries beyond what is economically sustainable for the working wage. Governments need to be giving incentives to businesses that relocate out further away from city densities, and shift closer to the suburban outskirts. The costs for these incentives will be offset by the lesser need of reconfiguring road networks and transportation systems. In the long-run, bringing the place of work closer to the population will always be the greener and more sustainable option, as opposed to getting the public to their places of work from afar. Cheers from Melbourne :)
Baseshocks (1 month ago)
People reroute and gather on faster highway routes just like subway stations being hubs for buses, people walking and drop offs. If you had two separate highways split 10-20 miles apart you will get more even congestion. People go from point A to point B, homes/infrastructure are built around high capacity routes because they are desirable. City planners must plan where people drive by spreading it out. The thing about toll roads is that people will become more local rather then drive into city centers for a good time and tourism movement will be down... Maybe the whole problem are city centers or the fact that we need to limit city sizes and spread the people out. Another thing that toll roads do is make it a rich persons road.
Baseshocks (1 month ago)
Never knew about the traffic light on ramp, great idea, we have one i know of on one highway in my city, many have traffic lights next to the highway, maybe that is how they regulate it.
Pearl Infinite (1 month ago)
Lots of cities r changing their intersections to roundabouts however Birmingham in the uk is doing the opposite and it's already wreaked havoc
Snickered (1 month ago)
Rather than the diamond intersection. Just make a large roundabout. Thats what most of the UK does across its M1/A1
Lachlan Neale (1 month ago)
But again you need to look at the city as a whole, the traffic on the highway might be alright but traffic on all streets anywhere near the highway will increase causing the same Problem on another road... I’m only looking at Melbourne Australia for my example but I guess it would be the same everywhere ?
Elijah Ford (1 month ago)
Kenhung1405PC (1 month ago)
Solve traffic? Autonomous cars.
Andre Ingram aka DJ Screw RIP (1 month ago)
Can't we just snap half of the world's population away? Traffic problem solved
thokim84 (1 month ago)
Traffic will be fixed by eliminating human decision making and making driving automated.
Rawie Plays (1 month ago)
So if poor people can't pay the toll, then rich people won't get stuck in traffic. Got it thanks. Fucking stupid "solution".
MMCreator (1 month ago)
CGP Grey wants to see your location
g h (1 month ago)
roundabouts are probably more sensitive to variance of arrival times
Ali Nariman (1 month ago)
1:41 I know that place! That’s one of the MKAD junctions in Moscow, close to Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo and Khimki, a district and a town in the Moscow region, respectively!
Ishi 123 (1 month ago)
"There is no one way to solve traffic." >Looks at video title _You lied to me_
Minene Uryuu922 I PC Masterrace I (29 days ago)
Insert "those bastards lied to me meme
Imperial Mexican -Mapping and Gaming (29 days ago)
Ishi 123 hehe
Ishi 123 (29 days ago)
@Imperial Mexican -Mapping and Gaming I see what you did there
Imperial Mexican -Mapping and Gaming (29 days ago)
What do you expect, I’m Wendover Production! (You can understand it if you watch Oversimplified)
Matt S (1 month ago)
first ramp meter pictured is in seattle. we love them here
Stalin ,exe (1 month ago)
How to make interchanges incredibly safe, the half cloverleaf its that simply also but roundabouts everywhere you can and thats all I can do to improve roads. and don't have a highway like the 401 and or roads like all of Toronto with narrow roads, cars parking on said roads, street cars taking up half of the road and pedestrians walking right infront of ongoing traffic
Joe Godby (1 month ago)
I guess pedestrians just play frogger
Zachary Rugar (1 month ago)
Oh well they can burn some calories.
kurisu7885 (1 month ago)
I live in Michigan and there are a number of Roundabouts in the area with more going up all the time, and for the most part people love them, granted some still treat it like a typical intersection which drives my brother nuts.
Bird Plane LANE (1 month ago)
meanwhile in the UK intersections are like unicorns
Jack Shiels (1 month ago)
Rest of world:makes a rounderbout Uk: makes a triple layer rounderbout,1 rounderbout with 5 other rounderbouts and a rounderbout over a highway
Jack Shiels (1 month ago)
Possibly other way round UK turns intersections into rounderbouts
Pearl Infinite (1 month ago)
Also uk: gets rid of roundabouts and adds intersections????
DeadlyGaming (1 month ago)
I love how America is only just implementing roundabouts, in Britain it has always been a standard since we figured out that it works a lot better as proven in this video. Another thing that is funny is that London is known as the traffic hell - hole of the country while practically all of America has the same amount.
Muy Salado (1 month ago)
Lemme tell you, Houston traffic is amazing. I love when a 20 minute drive takes an hour
Trey O'Driscoll (1 month ago)
I thought Myanmar had the biggest highway. Its 20 lanes wide. But no one uses it. It was shown on top gear.
muggy mexican (1 month ago)
Whats up john
Tmg Clips (1 month ago)
Lets gooo I live near that Katy highway
Cyber128 (1 month ago)
5:39 that taxi taking a u-turn boils my blood
PaperTonne (1 month ago)
The solution to traffic probably is the implementation of only self-driving cars.