Tue 13 Feb, 15:44
Well said, Alice! Exactly correct in that we need to look at the issue of "costs" in a much more true and real way. For example, we are now seeing huge costs at a whole social order level of children being unable to freely and wildly roam the streets and woods like we were as children (in Canada at the very edge of the junctures between farmland, old woodland - some remnants primeval - and the streets of cheap tacky-tacky working class housing (which seemed to have huge rooms compared to the rabbit hutches of the working class we got on moving here). How much is mindless know-nothing whitey Trumpian populism a result of kids driven off the playground of the wider world? And when affordable health care organised by the "society" outlawed as a thought crime against the ultra-rich, what's that going to "cost" in what denominations?
Tue 13 Feb, 13:10
I'm aware that many in Charlbury think that road restrictions waste council tax money which would be better spent making roads smoother and potentially faster.
Page 17 - Table 1 - doesn't appear to include the cost to the public purse of life-long home care, life-long medical care and family loss of income to care - of those who have been seriously injured in car incidents. By 'life-long' I mean 30-40 years. If it did include this cost then it would be far greater than the death cost. There are people in all communities who are being cared for by the state as a consequence of incidents with cars.
Page 20 - Image 7 - action seems to start with death. That's starting at the wrong end. The greatest cost to the public purse is serious injury and ill health. We need to start with near-misses, minor injuries and areas of high incidence of respiratory and heart disease.
Sat 10 Feb, 13:45
Yes, we Swedes adopted that policy in the 1970s. What's holding you brits back?
Sat 10 Feb, 13:43 (last edited on Sat 10 Feb, 23:04)
I really welcome Oxfordshire CC work in this area, a lot of thought seems to have gone into the analysis. The numbers of avoidable fatalities and injuries really is something quite sobering. Interesting to see Oxfordshire has drawn on earlier design work from Sweden.
A few years back we drove to that country, crossing from Denmark to Sweden you can see the clear impact in road safety design, for example instead of a double white line there was a crash barrier down the middle of the road, particularly near blind hills.
And the lessons are being extended in other countries. Visiting Portugal over the last couple of years you see similar safety designs being steadily implemented. Plastic delineator posts have been installed along the middle of many roads to separate vehicles in different directions and prevent turning across oncoming traffic (you just drive an extra hundred metres to next roundabout and back).
New indicator lights on faster roads now warn of upcoming traffic lights around a bend which are, or are about to go, red. Additionally some traffic lights will change to red if you approach them too quickly.
Road speed limits are also coming down, particularly around schools and urban areas: 50km/hr on most urban dual carriageways and approaching roundabouts.
Its not perfect, and sometimes it adds a couple of minutes onto a 30 minute journey, particularly if you end up behind a slow vehicle. However the benefits of safer roads are shared by all, and most people seem to appreciate that.
Thu 8 Feb, 17:25
I think a dread Public Meeting - and a simultaneous Zoom meeting online for those mobility constrained would be a nice initiative to start. The idea of Vision Zero is to be applauded.
err, can we have a go at oversized SUVs at it??
Wed 7 Feb, 20:49
From the County Council:
Road collisions and injuries are on the increase across Oxfordshire, and we want to improve road safety for all road users across the county. We want to hear your views on the Draft Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy, a clear, long-term ambition for improving road safety in Oxfordshire.
The Vision Zero safe system approach has a simple premise - no human being should be killed or seriously injured as the result of a road collision; whichever mode of road transport you are using.
By adopting a Vision Zero approach we aim to ensure that our need to travel does not compromise the well-being of ourselves or others. Road safety is a collective responsibility that involves all of us, and our Vision Zero Strategy provides a framework by which we can achieve our road safety ambitions, as well as involve residents and partners going forward. Share your feedback on our draft Vision Zero strategy.
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Please read the draft strategy (found in the ‘Documents’ section to the right https://letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/vision-zero) and click ‘Take Survey’ below when you’re ready to begin.
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