Oxford Circus Improvement!

Few days a go, I had the chance to meet Dr. Jake Desyllas (the intelligent guy from ATKINS) who created the modeling software used in enhancing the Oxford Circus in London and redesigning it as a pedestrian boulevard. ย The project was opened at the same time of Christmas 2010.

Im sure who ever been in Oxford Circus before noticed how busy that place WAS! But after the huge redesigning jump with the diagonal crossing the pavement widened by up to 63%!

WOW (y) diagonal crossing and getting rid of the street furniture were the keys in my opinion for this intelligent improvement

P.S: Some of the citizens were really angry since they thought about it as a waste of their money (Taxis)

They didnโ€™t consider the huge benefit safety-wise! They forgot how some idiots were crossing diagonally even though it wasn’t legal.

They were ready to say: Time is money! Who has the time to cross 15 meters in London?!


Take a look at this video which was presented to us by Dr. Jake ๐Ÿ˜€


P.S 2: Yabeelah shopping in London al7een Mooni :p looool


~ by msha3erha on April 9, 2010.

8 Responses to “Oxford Circus Improvement!”

  1. hrm , i think I got better Idea and it might solve the problem even more efficiently , bedal la eykha6o6on wey7e6on ezyada esharat 7ag el moshat wouldn’t be better law sawaw “josoor moshat ekbera” so people can walk across the streets bedon la yan6oron el esharat and the cars will not be late by waiting people walking in between .

    Jeser el Moshat ra7 eykon wayed afthal :

    1- mara7 eykon za7mat awadem na6ra “3ala ma etsheb el eshara”, ra7 yamshon 3ala madar el sa3a so ra7 etkhef el za7ma .

    2- The Cars won’t wait extra time for people to walk across the streets so 7ata za7mat el sayarat ra7 etkhef ezyada .

    3- it will be more safety and secure mn showare3 el moshaat .

    That is my Idea about improvement , Dr.Jake got a good Idea but not amazing one it solved part of the problem . I know he’s Dr and I’m not :/ but that’s just my point of view

    • Good way of thinking although youโ€™re not a doctor ๐Ÿ˜‰
      There is a small problem though, which is your idea is undoable! Let me explain the reason for you. In our field (transportation engineering) Oxford Circus area is considered CBD = Central Business District and we have rules prohibit having pedestrians bridges or even cars bridges in such areas. People who work or live around these bridges would not love to be exposed to pedestrians or drivers. The second reason is mixed roads which are opened for both pedestrians and cars (like what we have in our case) are actually based on one fact, which is uncomforting the drivers so they give more space for people who walk by their side. So itโ€™s a normal thing to find a driver who questions himself whether he should be using this road or not.
      El salfah kelaha eb ma9la7at el pedestrians as they see it. But you know what, while we were being lectured by that Dr. one of the students was like: โ€œ meno galek nabi netmasha e7na?โ€ lool

      wo 3ala rasi your point of view ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 1- they wont be exposed to pedestrians or drivers, we can solve this problem by a lot of things . one of them “Jeser emsakar mn foog or we can use big umbrella so jedam elnas it will show ena this umbrella protect them from rains or sun and that would give them a good impression, but it will be actually protecting the privacy .

    2- you will give them a free space to walk for all the time by using bridges so you don’t have to let the drivers gives people more free sides ! :]

    3- and about the rules don’t worry there is always a way to play with the rules, bel3aks you will find it interesting and a real challenge :]

    Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 1- Closed bridges will work here but in London it won’t. Take a look again at the crowded place and rethink of it.

    2- Lool 3ejabni elkalam but you’re not getting me. The transportation direction now is mixed roads not separated ones in order to force drivers to give way as I said which means less cars and more pedestrians on the street.

    3- Playing with rules?!!! sheno hatha? ;Pp laaa ana ma3 el8anoon dayman except if it was a stupid useless one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. la7ol ok fine ely eyray7ech , hatha Dr.Jack emsawelech ghaseel mokh ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Loool Dr. Jake shako? :Pp
      I’m talking engineering-wise wo Oxford circus mo my work 7atta adafe3 3annah illogically ๐Ÿ˜‰
      7ayyak allah ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. engineering must be about innovation

    Dr.Jackal Brain Wash :R

    • Thab7ek ent hal fa8eer ;Pp
      ka e7na 30 persons kenna bel class wo gelna rayna eb kel 7orreyah wo tena8ashna weyah wo sema3 menna
      bs shakli basaweelak brain wash bafahmk sheno ya3ni transportation ;Pp loooooooool

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: