If you take a walk in almost any American city, you will quickly discover that it’s probably not pedestrian-friendly. Unfortunately, not every city in the world is designed to be walkable. In fact, some areas are downright dangerous to try and navigate by foot because they were designed for vehicles. If this unfortunate news is leaving you starving for some urban planning inspiration, we’ve gathered some of the most nifty gadgets and designs that we think should be in every city. Take a look and see what you think.
#1: Speed Camera Lottery, Sweden
Sweden implemented a speed camera lottery to reward good drivers, and we’re all in. A speedometer was installed in Stockholm and a few other Swedish cities that ticketed speeding drivers as normal. However, if you were driving at or under the speed limit, you were entered into a lottery prize. Pretty nifty!
The best part is that the lottery prize was funded by the traffic fines paid by the speeders. So, it was a totally circular system. Unfortunately, this method of rewarding good behavior is no longer implemented in Sweden. We think it’s a pretty good idea, though. Who thinks other cities should give this a try?