The Community Impact of Traffic Calming Schemes



The Community Impact of Traffic Calming Schemes

Authors

BEURET K, Social Research Associates and BARRELL J, Ross Silcoek, UK

Description

Although there is a great deal of information available about the technical and road safety aspects of traffic calming, far less is know about the social effects. Based on detailed social research commissioned by the Scottish Office into ten traffic calmi

Abstract

Although there is a great deal of information available about the technical and road safety aspects of traffic calming, far less is know about the social effects. Based on detailed social research commissioned by the Scottish Office into ten traffic calming schemes in Scotland, the proposed paper will discuss the effects of traffic calming on local communities. These will be presented both in terms of the effects on the community as a whole and from the perspective of different user groups. Examples of some of the effects are an increased propensity to walk in the area and for children to be allowed to make independent journeys. Evidence will also be presented to show how other potential benefits are depressed due to lack of consultation, confusion about how to use the schemes and the absence of appropriate monitoring and evaluation. The Paper will conclude with suggestions of ways of improving the process, design and evaluation of traffic calming schemes in the future with particular emphasis on the importance of working in partnership with the communities affected.

Publisher

Association for European Transport