This article will begin to explore the different ways in which you can control traffic and secure areas of a busy city using simple yet effective measures to help segregate authorised vehicles from general traffic; thus affording greater road safety for pedestrians and vehicles.
When considering the subject of traffic management, designers and planners should consider the following.
Traffic flow through a given area; if traffic restrictions and exclusion zones are being considered then ATG Access can design the best system solutions to help enforce these decisions using traffic management measures.
If and what access control measures can be used to manage areas within city centres needing to omit or restrict certain vehicles such as bus lanes or pedestrian only areas.
Once the traffic flow has been decided, a decision on the type of vehicles allowed to gain access to restricted areas could be made. Typical vehicles are: city centre buses, emergency service vehicles (fire engines, ambulances, police cars etc) and Royal/Parliamentary vehicles.
A big decision for traffic management within some city centres would be whether you plan to restrict motorcycles and cyclists from accessing the restricted lanes/zones or not. If the answer to this question is ‘yes,’ there is a solution to achieve this objective.
Once the above considerations have been resolved, the quest then starts as to HOW this enforcement is achieved.
The following considerations must be made when designing a traffic management system:
- System control method
- Pedestrian safety
- Cultural shift
Download the Whitepaper which explores all of these design considerations and prompts planners to consider all of aspects of a system before implementation.