lights, crossings and other safety features, according to a paper to be
presented today to the Institute of Civil Engineers.
programme this morning that his paper is based on studies of measures taken
in the Netherlands and Sweden. Getting rid of safety features 'encourages
drivers, pedestrians and all other road users to engage with each other and
with their surroundings', he said. 'The more you add controls in towns, the
less safe it becomes, because drivers don't think'.
Experience in the Netherlands had shown that removing safety features and
allowing pedestrians, including children, and cyclists to use the roads
freely had significantly improved safety records at junctions and had even
improved journey times across towns. However, this was based on speed limits
of around 20 mph in residential areas, he added.