What does a Low Traffic Neighbourhood look like?

Low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs)

Modal filters are placed to redirect through traffic whilst allowing pedestrian, cycle and mobility vehicle through access. Cars can still access properties, but from a different direction.

This reduces traffic on residential streets as it limits traffic to local journeys, reducing pollution, noise and risk of a traffic accidents.

In cases where emergency services need access, filters can either be moved or dropped if a bollard system is in place.

The reduction in traffic has also been shown to foster a sense of community and help people visit local shops more, as through traffic is reduced.

School streets

This involves not permitting cars to park in front of schools at both opening and closing time. This allows parents and children to arrive at school safely and easily, as well as allow for more room for social distancing.

It also encourages children and their families to engage in more active travel, at a time when almost 1 in 10 reception children and over 1 in 5 year 6s are obese, and at a time when defense against a covid-19 is helped by remaining fit and active.

Some examples involve mostly physical barriers to cars, whilst some involve using parking enforcement officers to redirect traffic.

Current schemes in place allow exceptions for parents or children with mobility issues and require drop-off at the school gates.

This has already come into place in Manchester (Top right image is a school in Withington)

The reason we are campaigning for both of these measures is simple. While school streets do make arrivals at school by walking and cycling safer, parents and children still have to navigate the rest of their neighbourhood to get there. This means still navigating a maze of traffic, rat running, and pavement parking. This means stepping out into the road at risk of speeding cars. This means breathing in extra pollution on the journey.

Whilst one of these interventions alone would help, to truly revolutionaise active travel in Levenshulme and Burnage, and make up for reduced capacity on public transport, we must enable more active ways to travel.