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  1. This says it’s basically a small scale test track in Nevada : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/travelling-at-600mph-indias-hyperloop-dreams-take-shape-in-the-nevada-desert/articleshow/68057638.cms It’s unproven technology, so represents a big risk.
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    It isn’t that simple. Money is granted for specific purposes.
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    With what money?
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    Much of the funding that Councils have access to nowadays is about improving public transport and walking / cycling, so that's basically what you'd expect. It's national government policy. One of the problems is that some measures you see as anti-car are not, they are done to help traffic flow. One way systems and banned turns are examples of this. Yep. Something to do with there being more vehicles on the road. Even the Americans realise they can't build their way out of congestion.
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    Political decision based on no evidence.
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    Nothing is ever done for "no reason". There's always a very good reason for it. You may not understand it or agree with it, but it's done for a reason. Would you like me to PM you some contact details for one of the engineers at Urban Traffic Control who knows all the reasoning for the way these sites have been set up? He's much better at explaining it than me and would be happy to talk you through it. Why do you need a sign to tell you to watch out for other road users and drive courteously? Are the buses not big enough to see? Doesn' t the highway code tell you to merge in turn when approaching a point where lanes merge?
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    Yep you're right. My bad. It isn't a difference between the Puffin and pelican, it's just how they are set up in Woodseats. Any crossing installation can be set to "batch" pedestrians as you put it. They are quite versatile and can also be run via a central urban traffic control system. Whether the are set up like that depends on location, usage and degree of pedestrian priority you want to give.
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    The newer PUFFIN type crossings do have pedestrian detectors, but they do still have flashing amber. The sensors are used to cancel the demand for the crossing to operate if the pedestrian crosses before the green man has come up. They can also extend the green man time if the pedestrians are slow crossing.
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    Parking meters being removed?

    You always have the option to resort to civil law if you wish, but surely your contract is to buy a specified period of parking time for the stated fee. If you overstay, that's your look out. That might be mitigated by the machine clock being inaccurate, but, you could argue that it's a machine like any other and can be expected to go wrong occasionally. It's your responsibility to get back before our time expires and there is of course a telephone payment system / app which helps you with that by giving you reminders and letting you extend your time. I'd suspect the CEO would no ticket unless the time on the ticket had passed, but I don't know that for sure. I wouldn't recommend resorting to civil law on a parking ticket. There are cases of people who took the local authority to the high court and lost and had to sell their home to pay the costs.
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    Parking meters being removed?

    Technically if you stay longer than the period you've paid for (ie an hour), they are entitled to issue a penalty. It's up to you to make sure you are back by the time your paid period has expired. If a penalty was issued in the circumstances you describe and you appealed, an adjudicator (who decides appeals) might have some sympathy for you, but I'm not sure what the outcome would be, as they will be able to evidence that you have actually overstayed. I'm not sure how Sheffield's CEO's actually deal with that scenario, maybe you should ask them, drop them a line at parkingservices@sheffield.gov.uk
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    Not every measure that is introduced is done to help traffic flow. Some are for safety reasons and some are to give priority to vulnerable road users, like pedestrians and cyclists. Local Councils generally follow government policy and that is to encourage more people to walk and cycle. They won't do that unless they can feel generally safe and can get across busy roads quickly and safely. You haven't given example locations, but in general, left turns on a give way are on locations which don't have a signalled pedestrian crossing. If signalled pedestrian crossing facilities are required, the unrestricted left turn may then have a crossing across it. Right turn filters are used at locations which don't generally have space for a separately signalled right turn facility. When installing a new junction, the designers look at the relevant traffic flow data and modelling and devise the best layout they can within the site constraints. Safety is also a paramount consideration. There are sites with right turn filters where collisions can occur if drivers misread the signals and think they can safely turn right when the ahead green signal comes up. Each site is evaluated on it's individual merits so if you have a point about a specific site, you will need to say which one. I can ask the people who design them why it was done in a a particular way. The instant red signals on pedestrian crossings generally aren't "instant". The signals often have a pre-timed setting between the time of the last pedestrian sequence running and another one starting, so traffic isn't unduly delayed. If that time has already elapsed since the last time the crossing was operated, it will change instantly when a pedestrian presses the button. Crossings with no flashing amber are normally part of a set of junction signals. That's how they have to be in the UK. One way systems are generally put in place in the interests of keeping traffic moving and maximising the capacity of the road network. Turns are often banned because the traffic waiting to turn holds up other traffic or conflicts with pedestrian movements etc. All councils employ similar methods. It isn't generally desirable to have through traffic going through the centre of your city, so such traffic is generally routed around the city centre on inner ring roads etc. This is about traffic management and making the city centre a good place to be in. Personally I'm not in favour of area-wide 20mph zones which are imposed by signing only. However, there is a strong and vocal lobby who want them and you can see that it's attractive for decision makers as they are relatively low cost and the decision maker (politicians) can demonstrate they have done something which people have asked for. There appears to be evidence that the 20 zones of this nature don't make any appreciable difference to traffic speeds or safety, so I'm not in favour of them. Engineering solutions featuring traffic calming are more effective in lowering seeds and casualty rates, but they are expensive.
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    Parking meters being removed?

    I can see what you are saying, but no, because the CEO's check the pay and display machines and take account of whether the machine is showing the right time. You pay for an hour, that's what you get. (You essentially get whatever time period you pay for plus 10 minutes as lawfully they have to give you 10 minutes "grace" after any period of paid for parking)
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    This article: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/car-costs-uk-poorest-families-increase-third-year-rac-foundation-disposable-income-average-motoring-a8262931.html reckons that those with lowest levels of disposable income spend over £3k per annum and the average across all disposable income bands is over £5k
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    Most bus lanes end at least 25m before the stop line at signalled junctions, some, the ones on Penistone Rd for example, end a good 50m before the stop line. That's plenty of space for other traffic to be able to occupy all lanes at the stop line. The amount of vehicles per hour you can get across the stop line is what determines the capacity of the junction. Removing the bus lanes would not get any more vehicles across the stop line, so you would not see any significant difference in the amount of delay you experience at a junction. You might perceive it as being better as you'd queue in both lanes, so the queue would look shorter. I drive in the city all the time. Up until recently I worked in the city centre and drove in most days, usually at peak times. Also, for many years I worked in the Council's urban traffic control team. They have loads of cameras all around the highway network and therefore have a much better overview of how traffic behaves than most drivers do. I've spent more time than I care to remember observing traffic in Sheffield, so I'd like to think I have a good understanding of how it works. There is queuing traffic at peak times in Sheffield, just like any other city or town. I'd say congestion here isn't as bad as in other comparably sized cities (and I have worked in a couple of those too). By and large, when traffic queues, divers stop in a place that allows other traffic movements to continue, so junctions aren't often physically blocked. It occasionally happens, but doesn't generally last for long.
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    Bochum Parkway speed limit

    Motoring organisations like the RAC Foundation reckon it costs circa £3.5k per annum to run a car. That's including all costs like depreciation.
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