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School street closures can improve the number of children walking, cycling and wheeling to school without creating road safety problems, according to a new report.
An increase in school street closures would also not result in traffic displacement causing road safety issues in neighbouring streets, the findings show.
Chris HallSun 16 Aug 2020
The man on the cover of the Observer Magazine of 14 October 1973 looks a little like racing driver James Hunt in an incongruous tweed jacket but with a helmet of hair rather than… a helmet. ‘Are you fit to drive?’ it asked, referring to driving rather than dress sense.
‘All the indications are,’ wrote Paulette Pratt, ‘that many drivers have serious defective eyesight. Nearly a third of a million motorists are driving with vision below even the primitive standard required by law; a further 900,000 can only reach this standard with one eye.’ Being pulled over and asked why you are driving with one eye closed and giving the excuse ‘because that’s the one that passes the primitive standard required by law’ probably wouldn’t have cut it as an excuse, even in the early 70s.
The reassessment of how urban roadspace is allocated and used has been one of the few positive side effects of the pandemic. Across the UK, the need to alleviate pressure on public transport in the light of social distancing has seen an increase in the number of people walking and cycling to work, shops, schools, for exercise and for leisure. Local authorities have thus banned cars from high streets, widened pavements with barriers and created temporary, or ‘pop-up’, bike lanes.
Jamie GriersonMon 14 Sep 2020 00.01 BST
Drivers who cause death by speeding, racing or using a mobile phone could face life sentences under a overhaul of sentencing to be unveiled this week.
The changes follow concerns from families and campaigners, as well as some judges, that the 14-year maximum fails to reflect the severity of the crime.
Offenders who cause loss of life by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs could also face life in prison.
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Government to toughen sentences after consultation
Dangerous drivers who cause death while using their mobile phones or speeding will face life in prison, ministers have confirmed. The decision to go ahead with a major extension of sentences comes after a campaign by families and a cross-party group of MPs.
George MonbiotWed 16 Sep 2020It’s good entertainment, but that’s all it is. Seeing Boris Johnson ritually dismembered in parliament might make us feel better, but nothing changes. He still has an 80-seat majority, though less than 30% of the electorate voted for the Conservatives. We are reduced, for five long years, to spectators.Our system allows the victorious government a mandate to do what it likes between elections, without further reference to the peopAs we have seen, this can include breaking international law, suspending parliament, curtailing the judiciary, politicising the civil service, attacking the Electoral Commission and invoking royal prerogative powers to make policy without anyone’s consent. This is not democracy, but a parody of democracy
Keeping the UK’s roads safe for active travel and vulnerable users involves using a patchwork of regulation, guidance, codes, orders and powers. As the Highway Code is finally reviewed this autumn, can we create a clearly understood and easily enforceable ‘hierarchy of responsibilities’ that all can get behind? Juliana O’Rourke talked to Ruth Cadbury MP
While the effect of coronavirus continues to hit London hard, one of the few benefits of lockdown was a cleaner, greener city, with less traffic, cleaner air, and more people walking and cycling.
We want to rebuild a greener Hackney and secure these benefits for future generations
The spread of people-friendly streets across Waltham Forest, plans for safe cycling corridors through Liverpool City Region, and Project Centre’s approach to winning local support for schemes were discussed at Landor LINKS’ Low Traffic Neighbourhoods webinar.
Posted on 12 September, 2020My street has recently been swarmed by flyers declaring “Say no to road closures!” zip-tied to lampposts and anywhere else they’ll go. There’s anger at Lambeth’s putting in a Low Traffic Neighbourhood, or LTN, and it’s loud, misplaced and from a minority of the population.