Oppose Traffic Calming Obstructions
Thursday, December 04, 2003
From the BBC
Road humps hamper police response
The Metropolitan Police has warned its response to emergency calls is being hampered by road humps.
A traffic division report accused councils of implementing traffic calming in roads which have no history of accidents.
In the last three months 34 police vehicles were possibly damaged due to traffic calming features, it added....
The disclosure comes after the head of London Ambulance Service called for a review of speed bumps, saying they put patient's lives in danger by slowing emergency response times.
The following pertinent items were originally posted in the Ontario Empoblog
Oppose Traffic Calming in Your Community
The Rational Motorists' Guide to Opposing Obstruction Strategies
includes several tips for combating "traffic obstruction initiatives." Excerpts:
I. Know Thy Enemy
Traffic obstruction advocates are local residents, usually few in number, who have decided to rid their street of unwanted traffic....
II. Know Your Advantages
If you also live in the community and you can attend public meetings, your influence will be equal to or greater than your opponents'. Your presence puts elected officials on notice that they can't eliminate the source of their aggravation by appeasing the other side....
III. Know Your Allies
...Devices that physically impede vehicle speeds hinder emergency response services such as the police, EMTs, and fire trucks. These same devices create problems for public works departments, road maintenance crews, and delivery services....Representatives from such factions, combined with a few local residents, can provide formidable opposition to traffic obstruction projects.
V. Arguments Against Traffic Obstruction Devices
Traffic obstruction devices:
A. Can increase response time for emergency vehicles. When seconds matter, having to slow to pass over speed bumps and humps or navigate narrow roadways can mean the difference between life and death...
B. Can increase congestion on other streets and create problems in other neighborhoods....
C. Will increase vehicle wear and tear, air pollution, and noise....
D. Can increase street maintenance costs....
E. Increase a community's liability for accidents attributed to such devices.
F. May cause physical discomfort, even pain, for disabled persons or persons with physical ailments....
G. Create neighborhood friction....
Oppose Traffic Calming in Ontario Canada (and other parts of Canada too)
The Canada Safety Council cites several dangers and other problems resulting from traffic calming. One specific example for Canadians: "Proponents cite studies from Australia and Europe. Canadian infrastructure, climate and transportation needs are quite different from these countries. In Canada, snow clearing and icing are critical issues. Public transit needs are different. Canadians travel relatively long distances on a regular basis."
Another example, filtered through a Canadian lens: "A delay of just one minute due to speed humps or congestion on narrowed roads can mean the difference between life and death. Inefficient traffic flow on an access route to a hospital puts lives at stake. Snow clearing problems associated with blocked-off streets and other traffic calming obstructions will increase delays in winter, when many home fires and medical emergencies occur. Liability issues associated with traffic calming are hardly ever considered."
This is the first post. The following posts will be more profound (or less profound).
Thursday, December 04, 2003
Friday, December 05, 2003
Saturday, December 06, 2003
Monday, December 08, 2003
Friday, February 20, 2004
Monday, July 26, 2004
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Friday, January 20, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Saturday, February 10, 2007