Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - barney100

Here in sunny Basingstoke we have numerous 'traffic calming' items. We have the giveway to oncoming vehicles, speed humps and cushions galore, road pinch points, projections narrowing roads from one side on country roads which often get head to head situations causing problems etc etc. One road near me has been had the junction narrowed so only one vehicle can get in or out at once, no proiority indicated and log jams are regular. Speed cushions don't slow taxis, lorries, buses or motorbikes or white van man. Is my town the worst? the council both local and county couldn't care less what the residents think . What's your area like?

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - SLO76
We're pretty much the opposite up here in sunny Ayrshire. Despite living in a large town with circa 65k population there's little in the way of traffic calming aside from a few speed humps around schools.

Is a great place to live if you love driving with some great local roads and we're within easy reach of the glorious A82 and pretty much everything north of Glasgow is an hour away. There's a few dithery Honda Jazz drivers and tractors between you and open road nirvana but sometimes it's truly empty.

Edited by SLO76 on 20/05/2017 at 10:18

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - barney100

Sounds idyllic to me.

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - oldroverboy.

Access to colchester is pretty dire, when something happens on the A12 the town gets gridlocked, the one way system in town isn't that at all, it is a 1 way and then divert you away system. Car parks are expensive, Traffic wardens ruthless right up to the exact time when some parking is allowed... Current roadworks planned to ensure continued gridlock and no alternative route past the railway station when everywhere ese is blocked. then the buses can't get through, as the access roads leading to the station are blocked.

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - tourantass
Its pretty dire around the Northwich area, our humps, bumps and raised junctions are now getting really worn out, to the point some of the sides are nearly vertical and you feel also like the car is "diving" down before it goes up some of the raised junctions...does anyone now the best way to get them properly maintained as I am sure they fall outside the "spec" of the highways agency?
Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - corax
Is a great place to live if you love driving with some great local roads and we're within easy reach of the glorious A82 and pretty much everything north of Glasgow is an hour away. There's a few dithery Honda Jazz drivers and tractors between you and open road nirvana but sometimes it's truly empty.

Stop spilling the beans SLO, you don't want all the riff raff up there clogging up the place!

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - hillman

Whichever measures the councils try to introduce is sure to be looked upon as anti-motorist. Speed humps/cushions were one of the measures, and they add to the air pollution. Chicanes were another, road narrowing another, traffic 'calming' another..

I read somewhere that the goverment report, which they tried to delay (forever ?), has two things that I remember. Firstly, to remove speed humps in the road, secondly, to encourage the development of electric cars. The first will be popular with motorists, although unpopular with the manufacturers oif replacement springs. Judging by the stated views of the BRs the second will be unpopular too.

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - SLO76
"Stop spilling the beans SLO, you don't want all the riff raff up there clogging up the place!"

Good point!

It was a lie, place is a dump, stay away!
Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - concrete
"Stop spilling the beans SLO, you don't want all the riff raff up there clogging up the place!" Good point! It was a lie, place is a dump, stay away!

Brilliant SLO76. Agree whole heartedly. Spent many happy times motoring through Scotland from top to bottom. It is amazing how many people go hurtling through on the M74 and comletely by pass Dumfries and Galloway. It is superb country. As for the North of Glasgow well that too is just excellent. Once past Dumbarton it is a treat. No traffic calming either!!

Cheers Concrete

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - Andrew-T

<< It is amazing how many people go hurtling through on the M74 and comletely by pass Dumfries and Galloway. It is superb country. >>

It has certain disadvanteges in the midge season ....

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - concrete

Aye, the midge is a real pest alright. But if you avoid the areas more prone to midges and especially in July and August you should be ok.

Finally: I am Frank!!!!!

Cheers Concrete

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - badbusdriver
We're pretty much the opposite up here in sunny Ayrshire. Despite living in a large town with circa 65k population there's little in the way of traffic calming aside from a few speed humps around schools. Is a great place to live if you love driving with some great local roads and we're within easy reach of the glorious A82 and pretty much everything north of Glasgow is an hour away. There's a few dithery Honda Jazz drivers and tractors between you and open road nirvana but sometimes it's truly empty.

Sunny Ayreshire does sound nice SLO, but i have to take issue with 'pretty much everything North of Glasgow is an hour away'. That is the kind of statement i'd expect from someone from 'Englandshire'. I live in Peterhead, the largest town in Aberdeenshire. To get here from Glasgow would take a minimum of 2.5 hours. But Peterhead is nowhere near the top of Scotland as the crow fliesI (I grew up in the Shetland Islands).

Peterhead does have its fair share of 'traffic calming' measures, but nothing like as bad as Basingstoke sounds. You have my sympathy Barney!

My folks live in a small town where 2 main roads intersect in the centre. A couple of years ago the road was changed to one of these continental style arrangements where nobody has 'right of way'. What a disaster!, a system like this can only work when drivers have patience and courtesy. Unfortunately in this country, in my experience, most drivers have neither!.

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - frankly

A problem with widening pavements to accommodate a pedestrian crossing, I have seen is it places the person (s) nearer to the vehicle should they step out and not be seen until it's too late. Yes narrowing makes the driver slow down (well most but not all) but it frightens the life out of me, even if I slow to a snail's pace.

I have seen people stood chatting at the kerb edge, (a young and less experienced driver may assume/believe they aren't crossing) suddenly just decide to cross/step out. At once they are in impact zone where without the narrowing more striding is required to reach the danger zone, giving the drivermore time to react. Old people can be the worst also peeps day dreaming or just in their own world.

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - SLO76
"Sunny Ayreshire does sound nice SLO, but i have to take issue with 'pretty much everything North of Glasgow is an hour away'. That is the kind of statement i'd expect from someone from 'Englandshire"

Was referring to the lovely countryside and glorious roads up beyond Glasgow such as the A82 up past Loch Lommond which is an hour or so away from where I'm sitting now. I didn't mean you could cover the full country in an hour. It's a big old place and full of not a lot for the most part.
Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - Engineer Andy

Some councils are (e.g. London Borough of Barnet) getting rid of speed humps (yea!), but to be frank, most love street furniture (its how they justify their department's budget) of varying descriptions. The others just don't bother repairing the roads (only those cra**y infill jobbies) - potholes are a far cheaper way (for them) of slowing traffic down!

Unless and until we break the 'closed shop' of left wing people working for councils and more generally at national civil service level, situations like this won't end. I conversed with a local Tory county councilor, and they practically admitted they can do nothing as the day-to-day running of councils are out of their hands - making sweeping policy changes would just engender strike action (as we regularly see on the railways/Tube).

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - frankly

Some councils are (e.g. London Borough of Barnet) getting rid of speed humps (yea!), but to be frank, most love street furniture (its how they justify their department's budget) of varying descriptions. The others just don't bother repairing the roads (only those cra**y infill jobbies) - potholes are a far cheaper way (for them) of slowing traffic down!

Unless and until we break the 'closed shop' of left wing people working for councils and more generally at national civil service level, situations like this won't end. I conversed with a local Tory county councilor, and they practically admitted they can do nothing as the day-to-day running of councils are out of their hands - making sweeping policy changes would just engender strike action (as we regularly see on the railways/Tube).

No you can't be frank I'm frank :-)

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - SLO76
"No you can't be frank I'm frank :-)"

:-)
Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - daveyjp
Far too many speed cushions around me. After 12-18 months of being run over they start to degrade and you then end up with huge potholes where the cushion meets the road. More Council Tax needed to patch up holes of their own making,

Having a Forester with nice chunky tyres does help though!
Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - Engineer Andy
Far too many speed cushions around me. After 12-18 months of being run over they start to degrade and you then end up with huge potholes where the cushion meets the road. More Council Tax needed to patch up holes of their own making, Having a Forester with nice chunky tyres does help though!

Quite right - one speed hump in my area has to be repaired every 6 months. Of course, HGVs going over speed humps severely damages them and, often, surrounding buildings by the shaking the ground when they go over them, even at slow speeds. The daft thing is, as you've indicated, many people are now up-sizing their cars to off-road vehicles with bigger tyres (and that are heavier on the fuel), doing far more damage to the environment and people's lungs than ordinary cars. Other than low-riding sports car, most people barely slow down for speed humps these days.

A public education exercise, aimed at transforming opinions of the young before they start to drive would've been a far better use of our taxes, a bit like those to reduce drink driving and to wear seat belts (even if it used Jimmy Saville back in the day).

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - hillman

I was once sitting in the car in a small business car park when a car with a decorative front valence drove in. There was a speed hump at the entrance to the car park and the valence met the speed hump with a great noise. Expensive !

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - RichT54

There is a road near me that used to be a notorious rat-run until the council installed some quite dramatic full width speed humps. However, some motorists are not deterred and plow on regardless. You can hear them scraping their front bumper after passing each hump, all the way down the road!

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - Terry W

No need for much in the way of traffic calming here in Taunton - they simply build more houses and few additional or improved roads to ensure congestion provents anyone speeding.

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - RaineMan

Lots of traffic calming around Hertfordshire. In fact two towns have been renamed Hemel Humpstead and Humpenden! In both towns I know of speed bumps with potholes on the edges. Yet when you slow down you sometimes get m****s hooting and flashing - one even blasted past and nearly collided with someone coming in the opposite direction!

Is my town the worst? - Traffic calming - barney100

On a narrow country road near here the powers that be have intalled a small give way to oncoming traffic feature. It is completely useless thing in the middle of nowhere and sooner or later some one will not see the few bricks sticking out and have a smash.

 

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