author: Tom Vanderbilt
average rating: 3.63
book published: 2008
date added: 2010/11/15
shelves: non-fiction, psychology, politics, urban-studies, bicycling, history, legal, favorites
An exploration of the psychology of traffic, mostly in the US, but with some travels abroad (particularly to the UK, the Netherlands, India and China). Amazing stuff. Basically, unless you’re a brain surgeon, driving is the most mentally complex thing you will ever do. And of course most of the issues that make traffic so insane are psychological. We’re just not designed to go that fast. Also, lots of little nuggets of wisdom to save for future conversations. I hope our governor and state/local transportation folks read this book!