Restricting traffic speed should be a key component of any response that involves reclaiming part of on-road space for pedestrian movement or waiting areas. While these reclaimed spaces require delineator devices to separate users from vehicles, restricting traffic speeds (to 30km/h is recommended) can reduce risk significantly.
The ‘Relevant regulation and legislation’ page outlines approaches to installing ‘emergency’ speed limits during COVID-19 responses that seek to improve safety. Where there is significant conflict between traffic and people walking and cycling, projects should implement physical measures that slow vehicle operating speeds in addition to setting a lower speed limit.
Relevant regulation and legislation
The graphic above illustrates a range of possible measures:
For each of these measures, it is important to select materials appropriate to the type and frequency of use and duration of the response. For example, cones may not be the most suitable material in areas where they are prone to being frequently knocked down or moved, where an installation is intended to be in place for a longer period of time or where lower cost, effective alternatives exist.