AskBoA: Pedestrian Safety
I know the pedestrian safety is a big issue in the town so here’s a proposal based on research and evidence on integrated transport systems
About 15 years ago I made a TV documentary on trying to solve transport problems in towns and cities. We filmed in Denmark as they were one of the leading countries who had made great strides in developing an integrated transport system where pedestrians and cyclist took priority over the car.
I am sure from my experience with the Danish experts their solution for Bradford on Avon would be –
NOT to develop a one way system for cars – cars drive faster in one way systems
To solve the bridge problem they would narrow the road so that it is just wide enough for a bus and a car to pass. Their thought would be that this would make drivers drive slowly and carefully to avoid losing their wing mirrors. And additionally to avoid driving through the town because it would be a slower option than finding alternative routes
They would use the space gained to widen the paths. They would make the kerbs higher so that it would be virtually impossible to mount the kerb.
In the mid 90’s Denmark introduce 20mph is plenty in towns and cities especially around and near schools – we in Bradford are just about to
If the town was in Denmark they would use the space gained by creating only one wider footpath and a cycle path with a high kerb to separate the cycle path from the pedestrians and the cars. Interestingly the law in Denmark states clearly if a car/van/lorry/bus is in collision with a cyclist the cyclist is never at fault – this is of course a matter for central government
Of course the other solution may be to have only one wide footpath [ on the co-op side ]with a high kerb.
The Danish and many other European countries have successfully made their city’s safer and pleasanter to live in. Hopefully we can do the same