Although speed humps are deployed in a wide range of settings, did you know that it’s well within your power to request them for your neighbourhood streets?
All over Australia, there are pockets of tight knit communities that populate the suburbs. In fact, many would argue that this is the primary appeal of living in these types of areas, especially one where kids can play on the street together with less hazards than what one would normally face in inner city environments.
However, that’s not to say that suburban streets are guaranteed to be safer, and sometimes they need a little bit of outside help to make them so. As speed is the primary factor in most vehicle accidents, many residential streets have traffic calming measures in place to reduce the likelihood of speeding vehicles near their homes.
If you have concerns about road safety in your neighbourhood and are wondering whether you can take the bull by the horns and install speed humps yourself, unfortunately the answer is usually no. Instead, we’ll show you how to request traffic calming devices for your suburb the right way, and how to improve your odds at getting a positive outcome.
How To Improve Road Safety In Your Neighbourhood
When done well, traffic calming is a strategy that controls the traffic volume and vehicle speed, reduces accident rates, minimises noise levels, combats air pollution and even aids fuel consumption. The concept is widely embraced as a form of local area traffic management, particularly as a means to boost safety in residential neighbourhoods.
To purposefully slow the flow of traffic and reduce speeds down to around 10 to 40 kilometres per hour, a range of third party devices can be installed for road safety. Although there are many private enterprises that stock, manufacture and sell traffic calming devices, the law says that civilians are not permitted to take it upon themselves and install them without the approval of your local council.
In fact, many local councils have their own traffic management plans already in place. While the goal is often to lower traffic speeds, reduce accidents and reduce the volume of traffic flowing through residential streets, approaching this usually involves traffic data collection, wider community consultation, and the selection of the right types of traffic calming structures, with one of the most common being speed humps.
Councils will often install devices such as speed platforms, roundabouts, traffic islands and kerb build-outs to provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists, discourage non-local traffic in neighbourhood streets, and moderate vehicle speeds.
Given the scale of such a task, this process is often ongoing and ever changing as the needs of the community evolve over time. In turn, asking for speed humps in your street is often as simple as making a submission directly to your local council and hoping they prioritise your request.
To improve your chances, consider starting a petition or gather as many of your neighbours as you can to co-sign a letter. If your street or area has previously been the target of hooning or any other antisocial behaviour on the road, be sure to include any evidence such as newspaper reports or social media posts to add to your submission.
From there, traffic engineering officers will often then undertake an assessment, taking into consideration the following before making any recommendations or proceeding to install any new devices.
- The function of the road within the council’s road hierarchy.
- Traffic speed and volume data collected for a minimum of one week.
- Reported location based crash data for the previous five years.
- Traffic characteristics, such as proportion of commercial vehicles or heavy vehicles and non-local through traffic .
- The impact on public transport and emergency vehicles.
- Parking issues in relation to safety and traffic flow.
- Activity land use generators such as schools and retail are considered in relation to the likely presence of vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists).
- The number of resident complaints received by the council about the local area.
- The road environment and geometry
In Australia, road safety is an extremely serious business – and it should be. Although getting behind the wheel of a car is something that many of us do multiple times per day, the likelihood of an accident is sadly on the rise. By encouraging your local council to do something about road safety in your street, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve done your part.
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