The paper discusses some aspects of road network planning and local traffic management in smaller urban areas. The need for more attention to this subject is emphasised by a discussion of comparative accident rates, the rate of population growth, and emphasis on network planning rather than ad hoc decisions within the confines of design standards. The nature of road hierarchies and the "classical" model are discussed, leading to doubts about the latter's general validity and its applicability to smaller urban areas. The problems caused by conflicting access and traffic functions of roads are highlighted by the middle range of road types (the distributors). These problems underlie several suggestions for town network planning, which could be aimed more directly at road safety. The paper concludes with a discussion of local street management techniques aimed at safety and amenity improvements, including some problems of implementation, and presents preliminary results of responses from smaller cities and towns in a national survey of current practices. /Author/TRRL/

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    • From the 16th Australian Research Board Regional Symposium, Tamworth, New South Wales, 1979. Program and Papers.
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    ARRB Group Ltd.

    Vermont South, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Brindle, Raymond E
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00300232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM