Campaigners' quest for 20mph urban limit
Living Streets is calling for a blanket 20mph restriction on all urban highways other than main arterial routes, as part of a policy of ‘naked streets’, which would see a revolution in highway design (Surveyor magazine, 02/04/09).
A new policy briefing urges adoption of the European naked streets concept, commonly known as shared space, which starts from the assumption that excessive road regulation makes drivers less considerate to pedestrians and cyclists. Once ‘prescriptions’ such as traffic lights, road signs, markings and guardrails are removed, it increases drivers’ awareness of risk and makes them more considerate.
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