All of us encounter the ever-increasing traffic in cities, especially in the peak hours (Morning & Evening). However, by following a few easy steps we can avoid the ever-increasing load of traffic from the roads of our major cities and have easy driving.
Drivers are forced to decelerate to negotiate them if physical traffic calming measures are taken. The following measures are part of this and help in curbing traffic
|Step:1||Make the entrance of a street narrow|
|Step:2||Developing a chicane|
|Step:4||Enforcing a 20 mph speed limit|
The psychological traffic calming methods include plants, trees and artworks help narrowing and softening the street, can reduce forward visibility, which does not allow drivers to speed up. Through banners, posters or paintings drivers can be informed that the following area insists on pedestrians and you might find children playing out there.
A street event can be organized in order to make the masses aware of the traffic issues around you. Volunteers can educate people for car-pooling, cycling, walking and many other alternatives for moving one place to another without using their vehicles.
Although, a tough method, to unburden our cities, we must implement this. Banks should be advised to reject loans, especially of those who already own a car. Buyers must be charged while buying a subsequent vehicle. A higher rate of interest must be applied to such purchases for stressing upon the minimum vehicle phenomena.
There are times when residents do not find a place to walk or park their vehicles due to cars parked already there. In such conditions, you can ask your local authority to build a Resident Only Parking Zone or Controlled Parking Zone. The authority can charge a small amount in exchange for parking and penalize car owners for wrong parking.
The shabby condition of Public Transportation (PT) in most of the cities makes people reluctant to opt for this effective alternative quite often. The existing facilities should be uplifted to push people for embracing the service and contributing to public welfare.
Employers and local government must revise their tax reduction schemes and create policies that encourage employees to choose PT for their daily commuting needs. Besides, governments should focus on building self-sufficient housing societies, encourage congestion pricing, and build self-sufficient ‘Sub-Cities’ within cities.