Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) have been announced across the UK to encourage more walking and cycling, with schemes coming to Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and beyond.
Our Interim CEO, Jenni Wiggle, explains how they can be part of a selection of interventions used to ensure we build back better from COVID-19.
‘Rat-running’ is an issue that affects many neighbourhoods and it stops people feeling confident to walk, cycle or play on our streets. Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) seek to reduce rat-running whilst ensuring that everyone can still reach their destination by vehicle if needed.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – sometimes called filtered or active neighbourhoods - attempt to reduce traffic by using filters such as planters, parklets or barriers to prevent motor vehicles cutting through a residential area.
At a local level, to reduce the numbers of driven journeys, we need space reallocation through wider pavements, protected cycle lanes and improved crossing facilities to improve conditions for those walking and cycling. These need to sit alongside improvements to public transport.
Such measures need to be complemented by measures at the national and regional level to support public and sustainable transport, whilst considering those measures needed to restrain traffic more proactively, such as road charging.
The UK Government has already made huge progress through its Walking and Cycling Plan – and we are delighted to see that Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have a key role within it. All of this needs to sit alongside other measures, such as Clean Air Zones, to address the impact that the huge growth in motor traffic has had on our communities, and realise the full benefits of walking and cycling.