Calls for 5mph limit in Exhibition Road

On 13 Feb 2012, in shared space Exhibition Rd, a man on foot was hit by a lorry (here). Thankfully he was not badly hurt. It is no reason to ditch shared space, but it backs my view that streetscape redesign is not enough on its own. The call for 5mph limits is right and wrong. Motorists should drive at walking pace when pedestrians, especially children are around, but learn to drive according to context, not forced to drive by numbers or 24-hour limits and lights. Roads will be fit for all road-users only when the shift from priority to equality has taken place. This will only be achieved through change in the rules of the road, the law and the driving test combined with streetscape redesign.

About Martin Cassini

Campaign founder and video producer, pursuing traffic system reform to make roads safe, civilised and efficient
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