The road network

Roads are organised into a strict hierarchy. At the top is the motorway network for fast long distance travel and at the bottom small residential cul-de-sacs where vehicles might share the road space with local people on foot. Between these extremes there are at least three national categories (A, B & C). A driver’s road… Continue reading The road network

Consider traffic

Traffic is essential for the movement of people and goods. Road traffic has increased as a proportion to the rise (and fall during the pandemic) in GDP. Traffic is also becoming more complex. Cars, buses, taxis, lorries, cycles, motor cycles, people on foot, those with disabilities and children are all mixed together. Each has its… Continue reading Consider traffic

Roads and traffic

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Check road safety records

Roads that look safe may not be The number of accidents is going down in the UK. But this is mainly because cars are much safer. There is more protection for car passengers. Drivers however still make mistakes. Roads that appear to be safe may not be. Local accident statistics can be checked. You can… Continue reading Check road safety records


Convenient crossings The layout of pavements at affects how people are able to cross the road in comfort. The design of Street corners and safe crossings can help pedestrians   


Every street must be safe Self explaining roads and crossings can be safer than some conventional pelican crossings. This is because drivers take more care and are more likely to be able to deal with unexpected events.


Reduce street clutter Pelican crossing, especially in rural locations can be simplified. Without compromising road safety, it is possible to reduce the clutter of duplicate traffic lights, railings and signs.   Courtesy crossings can be designed to complement any location. A variety of designs are shown on our information sheet Courtesy crossing places