Rethink the traffic

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Everyone wants to see traffic flow smoothly – but traffic includes pedestrians as well as vehicles. We should make sure pedestrians have the space they need to travel, and challenge ‘one size fits all’ solutions such as one way streets and gyratories. Inappropriately fast traffic speeds can be unsafe and intimidating: a default speed limit of 20mph in built up areas would have huge safety and social benefits.

Better traffic management doesn't just help pedestrians: after a Living Streets audit in Walworth Road, Southwark, the changes made - including widening and decluttering the pavements and narrowing the road - saw bus use increase and journey times improve and the number of parking tickets issued fall sharply, as well as improving road safety. Living Streets' techniques can help with a wide range of traffic management issues - contact Richard Mullis on 020 7377 4900.


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