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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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Innovative and alternative ways to tame traffic were on the agenda at a workshop opened at Glenorchy today by the Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, Bryan Green.

The event was an initiative of the Glenorchy Community Road Safety Partnership ? a partnership between Glenorchy City Council, the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) and community members.

It was conducted by lateral thinker and traffic expert David Engwicht, who describes himself as an artist, street philosopher, communicator, inventor and keen observer of life.

He says traffic is first and foremost a social problem rather than a physical design problem and in 1995 he began experimenting with ways of enabling residents to solve their own traffic problems.

Mr Green said the subject of traffic speed and the role it plays in crashes had been the impetus for the Government?s recent speed zoning review.

?Speed zoning is far from a simple issue to resolve, as every decision involves balancing competing demands of safety, mobility and the community?s perceptions of safety,? he said.

?Lowering speed limits is not the only answer to the road toll, but the weight of research evidence is so great that the Government could not have ignored the potential safety benefits.

?While not all the views put forward at this workshop may be in line with current Government thinking, we have always encouraged open public debate on road safety matters, and the Glenorchy CRSP is to be commended on helping to promote this process.?

Today?s workshop aimed to change people?s thinking about traffic calming, speeding and similar issues and to find solutions that:

� Cost less money than traditional traffic calming;

� Require less time in public process and can be implemented quicker;

� Do not aggravate drivers as much as traditional traffic calming; and

� Are less intrusive, and do not impede emergency vehicles

The workshop looked at practical ways for residents to create mental speed bumps and how design professionals can use an understanding of mental speed bumps in the design of streetscapes to automatically reduce speeds.

It also included a bus tour around the streets of Glenorchy to implement a range of mental speed bumps, demonstrating how they reduce the speed of traffic.


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