Translating Road Engineer-Speak Into Honest English

Graphic: Scott White/Andy Boenau

Scott White at Velo Paso in the great state of Texas has been developing these “snarky pseudo infographics” based on some of his observations of the traffic engineering world. He’s been Tweeting them under the hashtag #TransPedia, a satirical take on the language of road widening and car-centric street design.

Image by Andy Boenau. Words by Scott White.
Graphic: Scott White/Andy Boenau

The images, White says, were inspired by some of his experiences at public meetings in El Paso and in part by graphics produced by Andy Boenau, who also makes the Urbanism Speakeasy podcast. “It kind of turns out, these faux definitions are just a little too true,” White said.

Here are some samples of what he and others have come up with.

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Graphic: Scott White/Kostelec Plans
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Graphic by Andy Boenau
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Graphic by Andy Boenau

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  • The first one is very, very true.

  • Steven

    This is great! There’s a whole chapter in Walkable City where Speck talks about how all computer models are shit and can be adjusted to prove just about anything. I’ve always thought it would be interesting to make a map of a city’s desire paths like in the second-to-last image to see what patterns emerge.

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