Traffic congestion still main issue to solve

2015-05-05 06:00

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Steyn explained at the presentation last week that street design should meet the needs of all the people walking, driving, cycling and taking transit in and around the street. All of this, of course, in a constrained space.

The best street design also adds to the value of businesses, offices and schools located along the roadway. Whether driving, shopping, walking or lingering, intersections are a focal point of activity and decision-making. They are critical parts of the city streetscape and transportation network.

“Intersections account for the most serious conflicts between pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers, but also present opportunities to reduce crashes when designed carefully,” Steyn says. And that “good intersection design can tap civic and economic potential, infusing overbuilt or underutilised spaces with street life”.

Jonathan Hobday, chairperson of the Rosebank and Mowbray Civic Association, says the presentation was very thought-provoking with some inspiring and creative ideas about how to make the Mowbray Main Road intersection more friendly for pedestrians and residents. “These ideas are vital to the process of transforming and upgrading this area – to developing ‘Magic Mowbray’,” he says.

However, Hobday says, the presentation highlighted the major issue of traffic congestion – especially in the light of massive new developments in the pipeline – “and just how little room there is for manoeuvre”.

“It will take much greater planning vision to deal with this problem and to ensure that the area does not become ‘Manic Mowbray’,” he says

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