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.

CFVT50mVEAA9aML
Graphic: Scott White/Kostelec Plans
CFP0syhWAAEpPjf
Graphic by Andy Boenau
CFEbOSAWoAA44hE
Graphic by Andy Boenau

unnamed-3

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Will Montgomery County Botch the Streets in a Model Suburban Retrofit?

|
Four years ago, White Flint, a neighborhood of North Bethesda, Maryland, most known for its shopping mall, caught the attention of urbanists around the nation with a proposal to reimagine car-oriented suburban streets as a walkable, mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood. Montgomery County adopted a plan for the town that would narrow its wide arterial roadways and […]

Shhh! $1.5 Billion Dallas Freeway Won’t Actually Reduce Gridlock

|
There’s been a heated debate in Dallas the last few years about whether to build the $1.5 billion Trinity Parkway. While some early backers now oppose the project, key supporters like Mayor Mike Rawlings and North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation director Michael Morris have insisted that the road is absolutely necessary to prevent a complete […]

El Paso’s Bid to Create a Regional Active Transportation Network

|
A lot of regional transportation agencies talk a good game when it comes to improving biking and walking, but El Paso’s Metropolitan Planning Organization is actually doing something about it. The organization passed a new rule that designates seven key corridors as the “active transportation system.” Next, the MPO will identify gaps in the walking and biking network and […]