A growing number of voices are urging Haringey Council to introduce temporary car-free streets. This has been made possible by a recent change to Government regulations that makes it easier to close off streets to cars during the current crisis.
Local authorities are being given greater powers to create car-free streets during the coronavirus pandemic so walkers and cyclists can practice social distancing more easily.
Brighton and Hove City Council has already closed one major road to cars, with officials also looking at other areas where streets could be closed to traffic.
If councils in England want to close streets to cars it ordinarily takes weeks to implement, but new Government guidance introduced on April 21 cuts red tape so local authorities can speed up the process.
However, the Department for Transport says such measures are only “temporary” and “will be withdrawn once conditions allow”.
Cllr Kirsten Hearn, cabinet member for climate change and sustainability, has shown Haringey's customary lack of enthusiasm for controlling car usage in the borough. She issued a statement responding to the calls saying,
Any decision has to be balanced against the requirements for essential travel during this period, including for critical workers, emergency vehicles, public transport, deliveries and loading activity."
Most of the shops along Green Lanes are closed. The demand for parking along it should have dropped proportionately. So, close the bus lane, and ban parking on the west side, and barrier these areas off.
Two lanes of traffic in the middle of the road - you've instantly solved any issues with social distancing capability. Traffic need not go anywhere, except drive a bit slower to accommodate the prevailing road conditions, which would be welcomed anyway, considering the way the German Saloon brigade are acting around Harringay.
That's a really good idea!
It would seem the council think so too, at least along certain parts of Green Lanes.
I'm not sure the premise of the original post is accurate.
"Local authorities are being given greater powers to create car-free streets during the coronavirus pandemic"
Hackney Borough has had to muzzle its rabidly anti-car Cllr Burke and write to the Government seeking clarification. He wants to take advantage of the lockdown to put 'temporary' traffic calming measure in place. It seems politicians of all persuasions are keen to skip the troublesome consultative and democratic principles in favour of enacting their personal desires at this time.
Today, @mayorofhackney & I wrote to @grantshapps requesting clarification of the powers available to local authorities for the introduction of emergency road safety measures, given the serious deterioration in driver behaviour since the introduction of social distancing guidance. pic.twitter.com/BgbniRZKxb— Cllr Jon Burke (@jonburkeUK) April 24, 2020
I'll be interested to hear the outcome of this enquiry. The change has certainly been widely interpreted just as described in the original post. But there is always devil in the detail.
One detail would be - are we to be banned from parking our cars in the designated streets ?
If so, where can we move them to ?
One man's "rabidly anti-car" is another man's "anti-pollution, pro-health, pro-environment" I guess, Will?
I don’t think “rabidly anti-car” is the insult you think it is. Further, I am certain he’s not been muzzled. Mayor Glanville and he are of one mind in seeking to transform Hackney. I wish Haringey had even a tenth the ambition to de-carbonise their local economy.
Remember issues about restricted parking when Haringey first brought in Parking Zones
Issue then was about the Large numbers of Disabled Drivers in proposed Parking Zones
Also remember doing operations with Police to check Disabled Badges
As Only the Police can Challenge a Disabled displayer
Used to be assisted by then local Beat Officers who knew most users
Yes the Police did remove a good number of misused Disabled Badges
Mostly from Users of passed away registered badge Holders and then good copies
Reason people donate to the Labour Party. Is they are aware that they will pander to Minorities
Going to be interesting when the Flats in Wightman Road & Hornsey PK Road are occupied
As understand the flats have very limited parking spaces
Yes flats might offer more accommodation but many users will have Rights to park their cars somewhere close to their homes
A lot of the apartments won't be able to apply for residents parking permits. Developers along with councils will specify new builds as NO car developments (keeps the build costs down). It would be indicated in the documents for planning applications if the area is served by "good " public transport. It means no one will be granted permits from that address. It takes away any objections based on increased traffic or pressure on parking.
What "good" public transport means is an arguable point but if your a 20 min walk from a tube station or 10 mins by bus I'd suggest that would qualify as "good".
I've no idea if the no car rule works but evidence must be out there or councils and developers wouldn't use it. CPZ restrictions Would have to be extended to 24/7 and would need to be enforced, or what's to stop someone parking outside restricted hours.
So you may end up with 24hr parking ninjas. Which might be a good thing depending on your point of view .
Public Transport Accessibility Levels: wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_transport_accessibility_level