Do you think everywhere in the UK should have traffic schemes like Edinburgh?

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5th October 2022

A NEW traffic scheme in Scotland that reduced speed limits has lowered the number of crashes and casualties.

Councillors in Edinburgh voted in 2015 to lower the speed limit to 20mph on most of the city’s roads. This decrease was rolled out over the next three years, alongside other traffic-calming measures, such as a full-size cardboard cut-out of a traffic policeman called Pop-Up Bob to deter speeding.

A superhero mascot called The Reducer also appeared at launch events. The scheme cost £2.76 million, but the results have justified the expense. Collisions during one year fell by 40% to 367. There was a similar drop in casualties, which reduced by 39%. Serious injuries and deaths were also significantly lower.

Do you think everywhere in the UK should have traffic schemes like Edinburgh?

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bananasqui · 1 year ago

I think that lots of major cities should have traffic schemes, so that pollution is limited, as long as reduced speed limits don't contribute to congestion. Also, would pollution really be limited? Because engines would run for longer and would be pumping out smoke whilst waiting in traffic jams/ trying to get to their destinations.

ivansp2011 · 1 year ago

Even though it is useful, and it reduces car crashes, congestion will happen more often, as cars travel slower.

m02b237 · 1 year ago

I agree with bananasqui as well as ivansp2011. Like the traffic schemes can keep stuff under control and can cause blockages.

drtarran · 1 year ago

It has its pros and cons, the pros include Possible reduction in pollution, Less Deaths (In Crashes And Collisions) … And that's where the pros end. The Cons include Increased Congestion and potentially more pollution, especially in older cars without engines that turn off in red lights and traffic. its a 50/50 chance it will pay off, and in my opinion? I dont think it will

plopbecker · 1 year ago

Yes bit it would be hard to implement (, people are used to doing 40mph in cities and stuff)

maijun · 1 year ago

I wonder if one day, people just get trams or electric cars and not too complicated roads so drivers won't crash. Maybe children could drive as well with parents permission and company. If you are 12 years old you can drive yourself.

bearbear88 · 1 year ago

I think it would be VERY useful
As there would be less buses congested on the road

tiger.star · 1 year ago

I think anything to lower crashes and casualties would be a good thing.

mrrickroll · 1 year ago

I'm torn, because at lower speeds normal none hybrid or electric cars have terrible fuel economy at such lower speeds (like 20) but it will prevent crashes so...