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This article discusses the benefits and disadvantages of introducing traffic calming solutions in the county of Surrey, south-east England. Hard traffic calming measures such as humps and chicanes are expensive to install and can bring mixed reactions from the community. It is noted that diverting traffic from one location tends to displace it into another community. Local authority decisions are rarely popular, whatever they are, as people are affected by traffic calming measures in various ways, by noise, vibration, or inconvenience. Educating and understanding the community needs interpersonal skills. Other options before physical traffic calming is installed include variable message signs, vehicle-activated speed indication signs, poster campaigns, village "gateway" markings, community-based speed recording backed up by police involvement, and a "shared space" residential zone, although this is expensive to implement.


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  • Accession Number: 01051160
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2007 1:33PM