Traffic calming is everywhere in the Netherlands: Not Just Bikes

Faux-brick Painted Curb Extension. Ethan Pepin. Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Traffic calming should be built into every street. It should not be possible to drive faster than the speed limit. Remember: behaviour follows infrastructure!

Weston Creek Community Council have complained about cars driving at excessive speed. This happens everywhere in Canberra. The answer is not more police or radar traps. Rather the streets should be designed, or in the ACT case, should be redesigned so that it is not possible to drive a car at more than the speed limit. The street design itself through narrowing horizontal and vertical deviations ensures the speed is kept at the required level. The below video gives a few examples.

“Traffic Calming is Everywhere in the Netherlands” from the YouTube channel Not Just Bikes.

Curb extensions

Curb extensions make intersections safer and easier to cross for both pedestrians and cyclists. Here are a few examples.

Temporary changes fall under tactical urbanism.

Priority crossings in the ACT

Priority crossings slow cars to allow bikes and pedestrians to cross the road.

Path Priority crossing – A crossing type that includes Give Way or Stop sign control to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists over motor vehicles.

Active Travel Facilities Design – Municipal Infrastructure Standards 05 (MIS05) (ACT Government, April 2019)
Bike only path, Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020
Priority crossing slow cars to allow bikes and pedestrians to cross the road. Cooinda Street / College Street. Belconnen Bikeway under construction, stand 11/10/2020

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