Maybe the Dukes of Hazzard was Popular in Portugal?

How cool would it be to have road signs that tell you to go faster?
How cool would it be to have road signs that tell you to go faster?

A design competition for a new cycle bridge over a Lisbon roadway engendered at least one whimsical response, and it’s something that we can definitely get behind. .  .er, or over.

Portuguese architects tiago barros + jorge pereira envisioned a novel solution that puts peds and bike riders safely out of the way of traffic, and removes the need for time-wasting traffic signals. Instead, they propose a high-speed ramp that would let cars leap over the cross-walk like so many General Lees.

The benefits to this configuration are manyfold, for both driver and pedestrian/cyclist. Not only does the crossing not impede traffic, but by requiring a sufficient launch velocity to cross the span, it would actually would improve traffic flow! In addition to pedestrian right of ways, this has application for freeway transitions, railroad crossings and school zones.
Now, there of course will be naysayers, claiming the dangerous potential for spilled cups of Estrelabucks and the increased traffic due to the soccer moms whose carloads of progeny demand repeated jumps on the way to practice. But just imagine if Christian Pfeiffer used this route on his way to work?
The Portuguese are getting a jump on traffic design
The Portuguese are getting a jump on traffic design

Source: [design boom]

0 Comments

  1. I'd go ahead and have a steeply-banked overpass… trucks could still cross over safely, and it'd have the same hoontastic effect on faster traffic! Everyone wins, and homeless people have a roof to sleep under when they pass out beside the bike path.

    1. Seriously are you like 180 years old and just happend to spend the last 100 years traveling the world and taking pictures and video of race events? Cause you have access to the most amazing stuff.
      Also in your last picture there, check out the camber curve of the rear wheels.

  2. Barros: What kind of car do you have?
    Pereira: A 1965 Thunderbird.
    Barros: Dang! You got shocks, V8… lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?
    Barros: [Cut to Pereira jumping] You got like three feet of air that time.

      1. Well them Graverobber boys sure go in over their head with this here title… maybe its time they best be catching up on their ZZZZZZZ's….
        see you next week… stay tuned for Conway Twitty

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