… or gross waste of strip of tin and red paint? What would you call a stop sign on a Bangalore road!?
Imagine two 30 feet wide roads intersecting. If vehicles followed the “first come first go, but must stop” rule, you would be wasting 30 x 30 feet of quality pucca road at every intersection. When stopping or stalling, vehicles must occupy every available inch. We are a land starved country you know.
Now, even after the high packing fractions, gaps between two stopped vehicles are often enough to let a two wheelers squeeze through. There you go, so you can get more number vehicles to cross paths if you allow squeezing and inserting to play on.
Last note is about saving precious fossil fuel for our mother nation. Amount of energy a vehicle wastes when it comes to halt is directly proportional to its speed. Let me make that simpler for you. 60 kmph to zero wastes more fuel than 20 kmph to zero. So, vehicles with more momentum get the right of passage, you will get better fuel efficiency when averaged across the nation. Better change the stop sign’s “first come first go” theme to “fast come, fast go”.
Time to recap what we covered in today’s traffic lecture. Stop sign or ‘discipline’ at intersections wastes road space, reduces vehicle throughput, and wastes fuel.
Isn’t it amazing that our planners and citizens have this gyaan in abundance. See, there are minimal stop signs around. And citizens make the best decisions at our signal-free intersections to get all the benefits of indiscipline. I tell you we are one genius race.