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TOPIC: What are roads and streets for?

What are roads and streets for? 1 year 11 months ago #361

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Especially since the Council's success in securing Mini-Holland funds was announced, there has been a sharp focus in Winchmore Hill and areas to the north and south on what traffic is appropriate on particular types of streets/roads. But sometimes I wonder whether the majority of people have really thought about the fundamental fundamental features between, for example Woodcote Gardens, Moor Lane, Station Road and Green Lanes.

Why do I make that claim? Mainly because of the abuse of the function of the streets some residents put up with, and the way some drivers behave on those streets.
  • Woodcote Garden is a purely residential street; i.e. in design terms the carriage way was constructed only to give vehicular access for residents, visitors and tradespeople; people should not rat-run here (residents should have the greater say in its features);
  • Moor Lane is similar, but it could be used to reach a school so some very slow moving traffic is acceptable (residents and school should have the greater say in its features);
  • Station Road is also mainly residential but there are shops, a Post Office building and a heavy rail station - some access traffic is inevitable, but speed should be low (all stakeholders needs must be met or a compromise agreed), and
  • Green Lanes is a through road, ans was there before residential stretches along it were built, so traffic is its key function (the priorities here are spread: residents, shops, services, social space, drivers, public transport, cyclists and walkers
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And why have I gone to these pedantic lengths to stress these functions and identify the stakeholders? Because the local MP: David Burrowes, is seeking to hold a referendum on the features of the road for various types of user of Green Lanes, but is confining it to residents and businesses. Which therefore excludes other users of the key and original function: traffic movement, cycling or walking, often by users who live outside borough, but a have a stake in its features. This is undemocratic, and worse, likely to affect all sorts of issues including traffic flow, congestion, air quality, safety for the various categories of user, personal fitness, NHS costs.

Either the so-called referendum should be called off or a whole new approach adopted.
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What are roads and streets for? 1 week 1 day ago #365

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For various reasons I haven't made a contribution on this site to the debate about the council plans for cycle lanes on Green Lanes, still less for the forthcoming Quieter Neighbourhoods. Partly this is because I live south of Winchmore Hill in the wilds of Palmers Green, and partly because I've been otherwise engaged.

Even now I don't propose to get into the details of the plans for QNs, except to say that I'm disappointed - though I will accept the plans because they are a move in the right direction: i.e. making it harder to rat run and slightly harder to exceed 30kph (roughly 20mph). There are all sorts of issue which steer me in that direction:
  • the health of the nation depends on people walking and cycling more often;
  • the extent to which kids have been deprived of their freedoms by traffic, and more importantly by traffic speed;
  • current shockingly bad air quality (hopefully this will improve anyway as people reject diesel, and electric cars take centre stage);
  • residential street will be nicer for everyone - few people seem to take account of the fact, that although they may be enjoying their drive, people outside the car are experiencing a reduction in their quality of life;
  • these sorts of measures are taking place worldwide - usually much more fundamentally - because politicians/administrators know that car growth cannot continue indefinitely, and exercise has to grow.

    I could add a lot more reasons for change, but that's a start and it's late in the day. If you feel strongly for or against why not debate the issues.
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