Many requests for traffic calming

2016-03-01 06:00

Speeding cars, accidents and poor visibility at stop streets were some of the complaints submitted at a recent subcouncil 16 meeting.

A number of applications for traffic-calming measures appeared at the meeting. These included a request for Firdale Avenue in Tamboerskloof, which according to the application sees heavy traffic, speeding cars and accidents, Springbok Road in Green Point, where a stop street on Ocean View Drive has resulted in rat running and poor visibility according to the application and Burnside Road in Tamboerskloof, where speeding cars close to a park has reportedly made the road dangerous for pedestrians.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport, says a revision of the City of Cape Town’s traffic-calming policy was approved in January. It prioritises traffic-calming measures near schools. Subcouncils may use their ward allocation budgets to fund calming measures at public facilities and along residential roads with a proven accident history or a recent, serious incident that demands intervention, he explains.

Although each application differs, it could take between two and six months for evaluation and design.

“Procurement and implementation could take a further six months or more. Thus, it could take at least a year from start to finish and therefore traffic calming cannot be seen as a ‘quick-fix’ solution,” he says.

“Implementation is the next step. The time frame, however, will depend on the availability of resources within the City’s transport authority.

“It is important to note that the City is already in the process of addressing the current backlog of 500 previously approved traffic-calming projects to the value of about R30m,” he says.

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