Locals know local roads and frequently have a perspective on what needs to be done. It’s important these perspectives are heard and taken into account.
To make roads safer, we can improve the roads by removing roadside obstacles and straightening out bends. We can put in barriers, roundabouts or dedicated cycle lanes. We can create shared zones and make improvements to benefit pedestrians. We can also lower speeds.
Sometimes it isn’t obvious where change needs to happen, and what this change needs to be. The Transport Agency’s speed management maps provide evidence to help identify roads where risk should be addressed.
When communities are in involved this process, there are choices to make – whether it’s better to change the speed limit on a road, or invest in improving it. The best option will depend on the function and use of the road. The cost and benefit for making improvements need to be considered.
Communities have an important role to play in contributing to discussions about making local roads safer.