Policy to improve safety Policy to improve traffic considered by City

2015-07-07 06:01

A new traffic calming policy, aimed at addressing a backlog of requests for speed humps and with a new focus to protect children on their way to school, is being considered by the City of Cape Town.

According to a statement, residents are asked to air their views on the new policy.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, explains the City receives more than 400 requests for traffic calming measures each year.

There is currently a backlog of 500 traffic calming projects to the value of R30m.

Counting among these are requests for speed humps, raised pedestrian crossings, mini-traffic circles, road markings and road narrowing – all devices to force drivers to slow down on residential roads.

“Over the past years, we have seen an increase in the number of requests for traffic calming measures, which can be attributed to the deterioration in driver discipline and a general disregard for the rules of the road by all types of road user. Given the current backlog and the steady increase in requests, it has become necessary to revisit the current regime. As such, a new policy which seeks to prioritise the implementation of these measures where pedestrians, and particularly children, are most vulnerable at schools, parks and libraries is now on the table.”

He explains the purpose of the new policy is to create a system that is financially sustainable, responsive to critical safety problems on residential roads and that will contribute to work through the backlog within a reasonable time.

Part of the new policy proposes that the transport department implement traffic calming measures on roads next to existing schools as a matter of priority, with the benchmark of at least 50 schools per year.

It also proposes that ward councillors may identify, motivate and fund traffic calming measures in response to a proven history of accidents on a road or in response to a recent and very urgent incident that demands immediate intervention.

The policy also makes provision for individuals or organisations to fund traffic calming measures, subject to prescribed conditions.

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Public participation on the new policy takes place on Sunday 16 August. You can find the policy at your nearest subcouncil office or library or on www.capetown.gov.za.

A new traffic calming policy, aimed at addressing a backlog of requests for speed humps and with a new focus to protect children on their way to school, is being considered by the City of Cape Town.

According to a statement, residents are asked to air their views on the new policy.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, explains the City receives more than 400 requests for traffic calming measures each year.

There is currently a backlog of 500 traffic calming projects to the value of R30m.

Counting among these are requests for speed humps, raised pedestrian crossings, mini-traffic circles, road markings and road narrowing – all devices to force drivers to slow down on residential roads.

“Over the past years, we have seen an increase in the number of requests for traffic calming measures, which can be attributed to the deterioration in driver discipline and a general disregard for the rules of the road by all types of road user. Given the current backlog and the steady increase in requests, it has become necessary to revisit the current regime. As such, a new policy which seeks to prioritise the implementation of these measures where pedestrians, and particularly children, are most vulnerable at schools, parks and libraries is now on the table.”

He explains the purpose of the new policy is to create a system that is financially sustainable, responsive to critical safety problems on residential roads and that will contribute to work through the backlog within a reasonable time.

Part of the new policy proposes that the transport department implement traffic calming measures on roads next to existing schools as a matter of priority, with the benchmark of at least 50 schools per year.

It also proposes that ward councillors may identify, motivate and fund traffic calming measures in response to a proven history of accidents on a road or in response to a recent and very urgent incident that demands immediate intervention.

The policy also makes provision for individuals or organisations to fund traffic calming measures, subject to prescribed conditions.

Public participation on the new policy takes place on Sunday 16 August. You can find the policy at your nearest subcouncil office or library or on www.capetown.gov.za

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