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13 December 2018

Episode 374

27 minutes


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City-dwellers cannot avoid traffic jams, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings as cars continue to dominate our urban areas. Join us as we unpack traffic and how driving affects us.

13 December 2018

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Tom Vanderbilt: part 1

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Pollution, congestion and noise: you don’t necessarily need to drive to be affected by traffic. We spoke with author Tom Vanderbilt who, almost 10 years ago, wrote a book called ‘Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do’.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Madrid bans cars

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The Spanish capital has suddenly emerged as a European leader in curbing car fumes through a scheme to restrict non-residential traffic.

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Chapter 3

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Tom Vanderbilt: part 2

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We continue our conversation with the author of ‘Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do’ and talk about how to get drivers to slow down.

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Chapter 4

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150 years of the traffic light

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This week marks 150 years since the very first traffic light was installed. We asked Andrew Mueller to take a stationary position on the curb and be that very traffic light for a day.

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