Road design standards

Review of road design standards to prioritise the people you’re trying to enable, particularly in urban and dense areas, to achieve the modal shift set out in Governments strategic aims (reducing short car journeys, activity built into working/school day. 

Why the contribution is important

Current road design induces some of the behaviours were trying to stop e.g.  roundabouts that you can travel through at 30+mph, junctions into housing estates that look like a corner on a F1 track, rural roads with high hedges, corners and de-restricted speed limits. We shouldn’t have to be brave to cross a road or cycle but that’s the perception for some.

The Dutch Sustainable Safety (SWOV) covers this:

Road engineers should also be held accountable for poor design or not following standards as they would be in any other industry. 

by RobH on April 30, 2018 at 09:43AM

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  • Posted by WXMAN April 30, 2018 at 16:09

    This is obviously a longer term goal that will require budget, but we need our roads to adhere to these standards if we're going to make a dent in the current ridiculous number of RTC's. Many of our roads are not 'designed' at all, they just follow the old route, with blind corners and high hedgerows etc - and yet have no speed limit at all. This is something that will need to be engineered out.
  • Posted by RobH April 30, 2018 at 18:53

    Working out how much ‘road harm’ is costing us (data we may have fairly soon) can justify budget allocated to redesign of infrastructure.

    The lack of control measures put in place following road incidents wouldn’t be acceptable in any other industry.
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