TRAFFIC CALMING IN NEW ZEALAND

This paper presents a broad view of traffic calming, and shows how it can most usefully be applied to roads in New Zealand. Traffic calming ranges from the traditional slowing of traffic or diversion from residential streets to positive steps to discourage car use. Its application often provides excellent opportunities to improve dreary streetscapes, and to include societal changes to reduce demand for travel by road. Three levels of traffic calming are considered: (1) local traffic restraint; (2) intermediate or corridor traffic restraint; and (3) suppression of traffic demand at the urban or large-scale level. The 'Darwin matrix' relates appropriate physical/environmental techniques and social/cultural ethos to measures at these levels. The article also includes other tables, to give examples of traffic restraining devices, policies and actions to support intermediate traffic restraint, activities on a typical residential street, and suggested maximum flows by road type. Traffic calming policy now includes all roads, especially in urban areas. It is a powerful tool for reducing road accidents and their casualties. It is a beneficial aspect of urban network planning, that improves environmental quality and safety.

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    CEMENT & CONCRETE ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND

    13 WALL PLACE
    PORIRUA,   New Zealand 
  • Authors:
    • GADD, M L
  • Publication Date: 1996

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 4-9
  • Serial:
    • CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION
    • Volume: 40
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: CEMENT & CONCRETE ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND
    • ISSN: 0549-0219

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726553
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM