Speed humps, raised road to slow down cars

2015-11-17 06:00

The City council has set aside a special budget of R18m to implement 270 traffic-calming projects across the city before the middle of next year.

This will see traffic calming implemented in several areas throughout Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein.

Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport, says: “The purpose of the projects is first and foremost to protect the most vulnerable road users among us: Children, those with special needs, cyclists and other pedestrians.”

“Apart from establishing a sustainable and responsive regime for the provision of traffic-calming measures across the city, the new policy also addresses the current backlog of 500 traffic-calming projects to the value of R30m. Going forward, the City will implement traffic-calming measures at 50 schools each financial year, as well as a further 150 projects from the list of approved projects, subject to available funding.”

The City receives more than 400 requests for new traffic-calming measures every year, Herron says.

“We are trying our best to make our roads as safe as possible for all road users, in particular for our children, but we cannot do this on our own. We need our residents to also play their part by obeying the rules of the road – be it motorists, cyclists or pedestrians.”

The City plans to install the following traffic-calming measures soon:

. Two speed humps next to the netball court in Siegfried Street in Eastridge

. A raised intersection en route to the school in Trampoline Street, Beacon Valley

. Two speed humps next the play park in Boekenhout Street

. A raised intersection en route to the school in Alpine Road

. Three speed humps at the play park in Salisbury Way

. Two speed humps in the vicinity of the play park in Bordeaux Street

. Two speed humps at the play park on the bend of Sovereign Road, Woodlands

. An extra two speed humps in Dune Drive, Woodlands

. A raised pedestrian crossing at Huguenot Primary in Meiringspoort Street, Tafelsig

. A raised pedestrian crossing at Searidge Park Primary School’s entrance

. A raised pedestrian crossing at Tafelsig Primary School’s entrance

. A minicircle at the Genoa Way and Capri Way intersection in Strandfontein

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