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November 2010 Blog Posts (3)

Rural junction getting FiT?

Recently I submitted a proposal for a FiT solution at the Westleigh T-junction near Bideford. The junction has a bit of an accident record, and Devon Highways want to install traffic lights. Hans "shared space" Monderman used to say shared space was for urban rather than rural locations. But if you accept the advantages of equality over priority, FiT could work almost anywhere, especially at junctions where single…


Added by Martin Cassini on November 6, 2010 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Mobile phone use and traffic controls

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. If mobile phone use is banned because it takes our eyes off the road, should traffic lights, speed cameras and speed limits be banned for the same reason? On our way back from Folkestone the other day, on the outskirts of London, we hit congestion. Almost invariably, the snag was traffic lights blocking natural flow. At the junction of Sidcup Rd and Court Rd we had to endure…


Added by Martin Cassini on November 5, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

Middle lane blocking

On motorways, you never fail to see drivers who ignore empty inside lanes and treat the middle lane as the default lane. On the M2 the other day, hidden behind bushes, we saw a police car, no doubt waiting to pounce on a "speeder". As Chas Dornsife wrote, "drivers who drive faster than average have the lowest accident rates, yet they are the primary targets of speed enforcement". Have you ever seen a police officer apprehend…


Added by Martin Cassini on November 2, 2010 at 18:30 — 6 Comments

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