Re: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are a lot like the indoor smoking bans of a decade or so ago
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From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> on behalf of Richard Fletcher <rickyfletch@...>
The smoking analogy holds imo.
The public perceives a necessity (freedom to drive), as smokers considered they had a right to smoke in a pub. The political decision in the UK to ban smokers came from peer pressure and a change in social opinion. The medical evidence against smoking had been conclusive for years. Public opinion started to shift against smoking as the middle classes and opinion makers gave up and started to recognise the health risk. Then more enlightened countries went about and banned it in pubs, the tourists started to complain, and more and more people stopped going to the pub
Today we have a similar situation. The health risks of air pollution through vehicle exhausts are well known as is the accident risk. These facts have been known for decades. Mitigation strategies have been used, such as air bags, seat belts, and street furniture. However public opinion is moving against vehicles in neighbourhood, with the need for more pavement space, the added risk from covid with air pollution. Now we need an enlightened country or town to lead…. to cut the accident risk and lower air pollution by bringing in an urban speed limit of 20 mph EVERYWHERE, on all roads. Thus air pollution would be reduced, and accident risk. Cyclists may start to resume using the roads in numbers. Drivers may think, hold it with an electric bike I can get about just as well. ( 60%+ of people are put off cycling because of accident risk)
Other localised measures will be employed as is happening now
On 16 Sep 2020, at 20:26, George Coulouris <george@...> wrote:
Well designed LTNs shift the through traffic only to nearby main roads (which will probably become congested). The analogy holds up: smokers have to use smoking rooms or shelters which are crowded and unpleasant so 50% gave it up.
On September 16, 2020 6:45:59 PM GMT+01:00, John Stewart <john.stewart@...> wrote: