Martin Cassini is a TV programme-maker and campaigner for traffic system reform. He advocates replacing priority (an engineering model) with equality (a social model) to provide a level playing-field on which all road-users can act sociably. This, he says, woud remove the "need" for most traffic controls, and solve many of our road safety and congestion problems, which stem from those very controls.
He has contributed to Economic Affairs (Journal of the Institute of Economic Affairs), The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, BBC Newsnight and Traffic Technology International.
His reforms overlap with the shared space movement of Hans Monderman and Ben Hamilton-Baillie, which is demonstrating in Bohmte and Drachten that peaceful coexistence can flourish when road-users are free to use their own judgement on roads designed to stimulate rather than enforce appropriate conduct. His ideas also echo the theory of spontaneous order, which states that the more complex the dance of human movement (e.g. a skateboard park), the less useful are attempts to control it.
He helped instigate a lights-off trial in Portishead, Somerset, which began on 14 September 2009. Conducted in association with North Somerset Council and Colin Buchanan, it went permanent after journey times fell by over 50% with no loss of pedestrian safety, despite greater numbers now using the route (over 2000 vehicles and 300 pedestrians an hour). The idea is spreading, e.g. to Westminster, Oxford and Bristol, where minor trials have taken place. But deregulation is not enough on its own, says Cassini. It needs to be accompanied by changes in road design, culture and the law.
He is a graduate from Wadham College, Oxford, (1971), and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Kyoto World Cities New Mobility Program.
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