Whatever might be in store for the LTN, one thing for sure is that the planters will become redundant. Here’s a proposal to make use of them that requires the least effort or transport costs. Some members of our community clearly like their planters, so this proposal offers continuity for them to care for and decorate ‘their’ planters.
We have been using the data from the speed device to report on traffic volumes, but now let’s revert to analysing speed. The reason that residents have this data from 2013 and 2019 is that they have been complaining to the council and to local MP Steve Reed for almost a decade and so far all it has produced is an ignored 20mph speed limit and speed bumps that modern SUVs just glide over.
|Date||Day||85th pctl (mph)||Max Speed||Avg Speeder||% Speeders|
It is almost inconceivable that anyone would drive at over 60mph on a residential road, on a bend and inclination, approaching speed bumps with cars being parked either side of the road. But this happened every day, with a maximum recorded speed of 70mph. 85% of traffic is approaching each other at a closing speed of over 90ft every second.
It demonstrates starkly that the present speed bumps are not fit for purpose.
Move the planters and concrete blocks a few hundred metres to Auckland Road, where they can be reconfigured to become chicanes to control excessive speed.
A properly designed and positioned chicane has psychological advantages:
- drivers know that they may have to halt
- they have to pull out of their dedicated lane
- they are a physical reminder that this is a residential area
- there are expectations about standards of driving
Re-using the planters and concrete blocks will save resources and all that needs to be paid for is a few signs and road markings. Fines from the bus gate will cover this in a few days.
Due to a lot of positive feedback and additional proposals, we have added…
Move the planters and concrete blocks to all the ANPR locations to create a pinch-point that is wide enough to allow a fire engine through.
Here’s a good example of how they can be adapted:
Aim to have all residential streets looking like this (minus the rubbish bins of course).