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Jun. 24th, 2005 @ 10:15 am
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June 24th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, it seems that money is no object when it comes to providing traffic-signs, road-markings and all that paraphernalia. I used to work in an architect's office and I remember seeing an official Department of Transport booklet on good practice for road signs and street furniture, and it said that the minimum of signs should be used (for maximum clarity for road-users, apart from anything else), and that, as far as possible, they should be mounted on the minimum number of posts. You'd think such instructions would be common sense, but they rarely seem to be followed. Signs, poles and traffic-lights seem to proliferate everywhere with no concern for their impact on the townscape, never mind the cost of it all.
These 'slow down' signs seem rather patronising too, don't they? Do they really think people are going to take any notice of them, or that it's money well spent? I remember there was a report on Newsnight a while ago about a town in Holland or Denmark or somewhere, where they'd removed all the road-markings and warning signs, and the accident-rate had gone down because drivers were forced to think about what they were doing and drive more carefully.
June 24th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
I *think* some of the 'slow down' signs are armed with cameras, so if you really don't pay any attention, it's a ticket for you.But still, I'm quite sure the money could be spent more wisely.
The newsnight report sounds intruiging. But I bet in wherever it was there isn't this chav culture of idiot who would just be like 'no markings? Must be a race circuit!' Mind you, anything would be worth a try...
June 27th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
Well, I don't suppose there's much that can be done about schemies with small brains and smaller penises having cars. I don't know...maybe chav scum should have to pass an IQ test before they can have a driving licence. Or maybe they should have their penises assessed for smallness!
The thing about 'traffic-calming' is that it appears to have the opposite effect: less road-space and slower-moving traffic means more congestion and pollution, and more frustrated and aggressive drivers. It's not tackling the root cause of congestion, pollution and dangerous driving.