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An evaluation of public attitudes towards traffic calming in the Hyde Park and Woodhouse areas of Leeds

Chris Bates



Past and current practice in evaluating traffic calming schemes have concentrated on the assessment of individual objectives in isolation, usually based on economic efficiency and accident reduction.  Although much material exists on the technical side of evaluating calming schemes, there is undoubtedly a neglect of a more qualitative social approach to evaluation of such schemes.

This research contains a comparative study of the attitudes regarding traffic calming schemes in two areas of Leeds. One of these areas has had a recent traffic-calming scheme implemented in it (Hyde Park), the other area (Woodhouse) has no such calming scheme.  The research mainly uses evidence from opinion surveys of local residents, but group discussions and semi-structured pilot household interviews also generated feedback.  The major aim was to find which groups of the population would be more or less amenable to the introduction of calming measures, and from this help develop schemes to become more socially acceptable.

The main part of the theses analyses the results of the survey in both case study areas, discussing any significant similarities or differences between areas or population sub-groups. The research does not conclude that the two areas are sufficiently different in their responses, with differences centring on engineering dynamics such as parking allocation, and local environmental impacts.  It was concluded that the social values and judgements of street purpose, and what traffic calming can achieve engendered similar support in both areas.


The main conclusions were: