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Traffic is driven by people’s choices

31 July, 2020

People-friendly streets: ‘Safer for children, vulnerable adults on mobility scooters and pedestrians as well cyclists’

• I CAN understand the concern that street filtering (people-friendly streets in Islington) could displace traffic to other roads, however, copious evidence from similar projects in other London boroughs and from around the world suggest, that this concern is largely unfounded.

It sounds at first counter intuitive that making some street one-way streets reduces traffic overall. The reason for the overall reduction is that traffic is not a fixed volume, but is driven by people’s choices.

According to a Transport for London survey 22 per cent of car trips in London are very short (up to 2km) and done by healthy people without heavy luggage at day time.

These kind of car trips are discouraged by traffic filtering, they largely stop to happen. That leaves more space on the streets for essential car trips and deliveries.

At the same time the streets become less polluted, safer for children, vulnerable adults on mobility scooters and pedestrians as well cyclists.

In Canonbury we live next to De Beauvoir town just across Southgate Road in Hackney. The ward has been traffic-filtered since 1974 and has been a huge success.

STEFAN WUNDRAK
Downham Road, N1

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