I REALLY hope one of the outcomes of this initiative is the noise pollution from unnecessary honking decreases. I'd love to see an analysis that tracks the honks per minute in specific areas of the city before and after this is implemented.
I live on Broome Street which is near the entry to the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey. During peak commute times the traffic doesn't move for minutes at a time... and cars that are 2-5 blocks away start honking, repeatedly and it's a real disturbance. When you're walking next to a car that honks it can hurt your ears.
I'm very interested in the psychology of the honking as clearly it's going to result in no change in the traffic ahead of them. Obviously the cars in front aren't sitting idly by choice and they're certainly not going to move just because you use your horn... so why honk?
This probably sounds silly but I wonder how much quieter the city might feel w/o the honking noise pollution.