One argument that is often put forward against traffic restrictions on Mill Road is that it should be done in the context of city-wide traffic reduction measures. On the face of it, this is a seductive argument – who wouldn’t want to see lower traffic and pollution over the whole of the city? We certainly… Continue reading Why Mill Road can’t wait for a city-wide plan.
While Mill Road bridge was restricted, Petersfield didn’t experience the same traffic reduction benefits as Romsey. Petersfield should not be the poor relation – the design of the permanent traffic reduction scheme for Mill Road must address this issue. Motor vehicle numbers during periods of bridge restrictions are typically higher at the Donkey Common (town)… Continue reading Petersfield deserves better..
Some people think that when Mill Road bridge was restricted, levels of traffic on surrounding roads got worse (they often mention Cherry Hinton Road and Coldhams Lane). And that intuitively makes sense doesn’t it? I mean, all that traffic has got to go somewhere, right? And if displaced traffic is clogging up other roads, then… Continue reading traffic displacement: myth or reality?
It’s 40 years since the Brixton Riots sparked a national outburst of protest against rampant racism. Brixton’s changed a lot since then – it’s been hit by gentrification, for a start – but it’s still got a multicultural buzz. If you turn left after coming out of the tube station and walk up towards the… Continue reading Architecture, belonging, community (an ABC)
20mph is becoming so normal for urban areas, it’s beginning to lose its controversy. That it’s far safer for pedestrians and cyclists is firmly backed up by evidence. But it’s often stated that vehicles travelling at 20mph pollute more than they do at 30mph. 20 – more dirty than 30? Well, yes, if you drive… Continue reading Is 20 plenty?
E-scooters are now a familiar sight up and down Mill Road, from the cheery orangey-red Voi scooters to the sleek black machines zipping along. There’s more of a difference between them than colour, however: as yet, the Voi scooters are legal and the privately-owned ones are illegal. The government has been a little slow to… Continue reading E-scooters – a way forward?
Air pollution and its effect on our health and well-being has been much studied and written about. But noise pollution is only just beginning to be recognised. Recent studies, here and here, showed that continuous exposure to traffic noise can lead to child development problems, heart disease and diabetes – and we haven’t even touched… Continue reading Heard, but not seen: noise pollution
The main argument for re-opening Mill Road bridge was that restricting traffic over it damaged local business. As well as making deliveries more awkward, some Mill Road traders argued that their customers were put off and that they lost revenue as a result. This is a common idea – but it’s not based on evidence.… Continue reading Is a low-traffic high street bad for trade?
Sometimes people who oppose a low traffic Mill Road do so because they feel that the area around Mill Road is becoming gentrified. And they believe that it’s the newer, richer residents who by arguing for more active travel and less traffic and pollution, are attempting to further increase the value of their houses, in… Continue reading Gentrification – what’s to be done