Cars are Guests

With additional space needed for social distancing, reduced capacity on public transport and the need therefore for more active travel (walking, cycling, etc), we need to turn current street designon it’s head. Apart from arterial routes, other streets need to adopt Cars are Guests with priority given to active travel. Where simple modal filters can be provided to restrict rat running, this should happen.

It’s much easier to identify required through routes and make everything else a CaG Street than try to add active travel provision piecemeal.

For the arterial routes, these will need to keep cars and active travel moving - so remove on street and pavement parking, add shared space/cycle lanes. That will result in a road diet - but that is what’s needed. We can’t privilege the least space efficient mode.

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Social distancing

by Debrastorr on May 05, 2020 at 10:53PM

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  • Posted by tacituskillgoree May 06, 2020 at 19:21

    Do cyclists have no shame?!? Turning a public health emergency into their usual, tired diatribe. Get a life!
  • Posted by MrsMiggins May 06, 2020 at 23:02

    I concur. Modal filters can be quick, temporary (via a TRO) and extremely cheap in comparison to other intiatives. Utilise the experience of Sustrans Scotland to implement more "Places for Everyone" projects.
  • Posted by JohnED May 11, 2020 at 19:25

    The existing Scottish Government transport hierarchy already has pedestrians at the top, then cyclists, with the private motor vehicle at the bottom. However the implementation on the ground does not reflect this.

    The transport hierarchy should be made statutory and not just guidance. Our towns and cities will not be able to absorb the volume of cars required to transport those who will not be using public transport. As well as grid locking our streets these cars will be choking our air with pollution. each year thousands die in Scotland from Air Pollution.

    They only we to avert another health crisis brought on by private motor vehicles in our towns and cities, is through enabling active travel, through significant investment and a change in legislation to make it easier to put in active travel schemes.
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