Road safety

So you want to set up a low-traffic neighbourhood? Here’s where to start

November 20, 2020

How do I get started? For all the attention low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are getting, they are very simple things. Strategic “point closures” allow vehicle access to all addresses in a neighbourhood, but reduce through traffic. They can be done with planters, or lockable bollards, or a combination of both. In London, impressive maps of potential […]

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Low-traffic schemes benefit everyone, not just better-off, finds study

November 16, 2020

There is no evidence schemes that try to limit “rat-running” traffic along residential streets disproportionately benefit better-off households, research has concluded, contradicting a common view cited by objectors. A study of low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), which have mushroomed as part of efforts to boost walking and cycling amid coronavirus, found that the vast majority of people […]

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‘I got it wrong. Since the changes it’s become more vibrant’: life in an LTN

November 16, 2020

Acorn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne When Newcastle city council planned to reduce motorist access to Acorn Road in the leafy suburb of Jesmond back in 2014, hardware store owner Steve Robson helped to raise a petition against the £350,000 scheme, organised meetings to oppose the plans and told a local newspaper that the proposed changes […]

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Keir Starmer contacted by police after collision with cyclist in London

October 27, 2020

Rider taken to hospital after incident involving car said to be driven by Labour’s leader Keir Starmer was understood to be driving in Kentish Town, north London on Sunday when the incident took place. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters Police are investigating a collision involving the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, in which a cyclist was taken […]

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