Photo Friday: Where Did Traffic Engineering Come From?

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Thanks to a great walking salon up historic 16th Street, NW in Washington, DC, I found out that traffic engineering came from a group of passionate people – some who didn’t even own cars – with influence from agriculture, public works, and a bunch of other places.

When traffic was becoming a thing, there were a small group of people interested in pedestrian safety, before it was fashionable, the ancestors (I’ll say) of today’s Vision Zero.

More photos of the past and present in our most gorgeous capital city below. Thanks to the League of Sidewalk Superintendents for the educational tour (@RoadsMovement)

Ted Eytan, MD