Here you will find links to pertinent (mostly) third-party documents relating to safe routes – particularly to schools, to and from the Blackford area.
- Sarah Berry’s LTN resources folder
- A quick introduction to how to design a low traffic neighbourhood. Using theory and real world examples based on a small commuter town.
- The City of Edinburgh Council Local Development Plan Map, showing “safeguarded” walk/cycle routes. Zoom-in to the Astley Ainsley site, the blue lines with dots, marked T7 show the hypothetical routes. A snapshot image of the LDP map
- “Liveable neighbourhood” proposals for Marchmont, Grange & Blackford (interactive map) with Whitehouse Loan as a quiet active-travel route. Links to original drawings (Marchmont, Grange and Blackford) Example of a modal-filter. Typical through-traffic & rat-running patterns.
- Why it is such a great idea to be Filtering through-traffic from residential streets
- Drawings (note: links broken) of the proposed new Primary School at Canaan Lane, with proposed catchment changes and build/transition schedule (from CEC page)
- A possible source of wooden planters for modal filters – Glasgow Wood Recycling
- Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – Injecting A Little Honesty
- Scottish Parliament Information Centre – Low Traffic Neigbourhoods
- Mythbusters: eight common objections to LTNs – and why they are wrong
- I got it wrong. Since the changes it’s become more vibrant’: life in an LTN
Road design and modelling
- The UK’s first Dutch-style roundabout opens in Cambridge
- Roundabout Safety for Cyclists (experience/data from the Netherlands)
- Interactive Traffic Analysis tool that uses data from Google maps (direct link to the tool)
- Scottish Transport Statistics 2019
- Railton LTN – independent traffic analysis. Summary:
- Traffic across the wider area down 27%
- Traffic down on 3 of 4 boundary roads by between 9% & 18%
- Cycling up 74% on Shakespeare Rd & 50% on Railton Rd
Road danger reduction
- Death on the Streets – essential reading on understanding road danger reduction versus traditional “road safety”
- Living streets advisory report on banning traffic from school areas
Living streets recommendations
- Genuine evidence about how emissions are lower with a 20mph speed limit
The impact of 20mph limits on carbon emissions and air quality
- The Clean Air Parents’ Network – network & resources for improving air quality around schools
- Instead of wasting time trying to convert opponents, we should invest it in motivating passive allies to act.
A reminder: LTNs do not prevent access by motor vehicles – all properties remain accessible. Lower traffic (less rat-running) makes it easier for those who really do need to drive.
LTNs and disabled people. Chapter 8 of this report from TfL provides some useful insights (large pdf). Summarised below:
- Walking (incl. wheeling) is the most commonly used mode of transport for disabled Londoners (8.10)
- The proportion of disabled Londoners who drive a car to get around London is 28%, compared to 45% for non-disabled Londoners. The proportion who use a car as passengers is identical between the two groups (81%)
- Disabled Londoners are less likely to hold any type of driving license than non-disabled (40% vs 68%)
- Disabled Londoners are less likely to have household access to a car than non-disabled Londoners: 52% of disabled Londoners live in car-free households vs 34% non-disabled
- 17% of disabled Londoners sometimes use a bike to get around London compared to 18% among non-disabled Londoners
Legacy documents (not current)
- A preliminary proposed map of routes from the Blackford area through the Astley Ainslie site to James Gillespie’s primary school, high school, St. Peter’s school and the new school soon to be built in Canaan lane in Morningside.
Safe routes through Astley Ainslie
- A response to the existing 20mph “Pedestrian and Cycle Zone” outside St.Peter’s from a parent.
Comments on the Pedestrian Zone