Consultations and surveys Safer roads for Beswick consultation

Road safety features

The traffic calming measures which most people are familiar with are speed humps and cameras. We plan to use different methods which have proven effective in other places. We want to make sure you understand how these measures will work to improve the area.

Bollards

Putting bollards at junctions allows pedestrians and cyclists to move freely, and allows local access to a street while stopping motorists using it as a cut through. We would also look at changing kerb lines and planting trees to make it feel like an area for people rather than cars.

Improved junctions - road narrowing and speed tables

At some junctions we will narrow the road to make crossing easier, and add a raised table. These are seen as one of the most effective traffic calming measures. They can be used as an informal crossing for pedestrians, and could be combined with road narrowing (often done by extending the kerb) and tree planting. Motorists need to drive more carefully in narrowed sections of road which results in slower vehicle speedsThey are more suitable for buses than speed humps, and the size and location of the speed table is flexible.

Chicanes

Single lane chicanes make traffic travelling in one direction of traffic to give way to oncoming vehicles. They normally involve a raised kerb and bollard in one half of the road, with a sign to explain the vehicle traffic priority. For the lane without traffic priority, there are Give Way markings and hatching on approach to the chicane these can be alternated down a road to slow traffic in both directions. Most chicane designs allow cyclists to bypass them, and emergency vehicles may be able to travel faster around a chicane compared to vertical treatments

More attractive streets

This encourages communities to generate ideas for the improvement of their streets, making them less car dominated and more community focussed. This may involve creating a community feel in the street with wooden flower beds or tree planters are placed in the road to calm vehicle traffic. More resident parking will mean less pavement parking, and wider pavements can be for people, and help to narrow the road and slow traffic.

New crossings

These will help those on bikes or on foot cross busy roads, and can be used to allow cyclists to set off from lights before cars.

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