Your road doesn’t have to be suitable to be a ‘full’ DIY Street in order to reduce its traffic volumes. There are plenty of simple changes you can consider and many don’t require lots of research and planning. If your street isn’t physically suitable for the introduction of major DIY Street features (perhaps it’s too narrow or it’s a major through route), if residents don’t have much time or the resources are limited, there are still lots of things you can do to reduce the impact of traffic.
Traffic speeds and volumes
If you want to reduce traffic speeds, and possibly traffic volumes, you could lobby your councillors to:
Reforming the residents
Try to encourage residents to rely less on their cars:
Large numbers of parked cars are not friendly to pedestrians, especially if they park on, and block, pavements. If the parked cars belong to commuters or long-term visitors ask your local council to consider implementing a Resident Only Parking Zone (RPZ). Residents may have to pay a small annual fee for this – or a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) that limits the times and places people can park.
If most of the parked cars belong to residents, look at the information above on ways to encourage people to walk and cycle to reduce their need for a car.
Another effective way to reduce the cars belonging to residents, especially for households with more than one car, is to look into a car club and a dedicated parking space for it in your street or very close by. Once you join a car club you can very easily rent the car by the hour or day for a very reasonable cost. For irregular but fairly frequent use it is much cheaper than owning your own car since all tax and maintenance is done for you by the organisation.
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