John sometimes I think you get a hard time from the cycling fraternity, but this time I think you're in danger of sounding like an unreformed apologist for motorists.
We should not live and let live on this John. Surely we all have a right to demand a return to something like the quality of life we bought into.
As to visual overload; there's visual overload and there's visual overload. Either is better than auditory overload.
You're probably right Hugh but I feel no need to make apologies for law-abiding, considerate motorists (like wot I am :-) )
And I've never felt I have had a hard time from the cycling fraternity ( or sorority :-) ) We've had vigorous discussions, yes, but as said at the Salisbury the other week, no hard feelings.
The point I was trying to make is that I don't think the road painting/bunting idea is a very good one. Dazzle-painting warships is designed to confuse the eye, not draw attention to the danger of standing in front of a 16-inch gun.
My quality of life would be seriously adversely affected if our roads were turned into ersatz Warhohl / Pollock / Kandinsky canvasses.
Lets get this into perspective Hugh, since 2001/2 traffic flow has got far better for Ladder Roads on the whole.
I very rarely stick up for the council but this is one initiative where they implemented something which is heading in the right direction. This whole scheme was consulted with residents. Problems may have been created by this but far more problems were solved by creating this traffic 'solution', lets concentrate on fine tuning them.
Do not be deluded into thinking prior 2001/2 it was better, it certainly wasn't on the whole
There are too many unrealistic dreams out there.
Reduce driving - simple.
I've just been down Hewitt Road and it is lovely - lined with trees every few yards, top to bottom, mainly Silver Birch