PEDESTRIANS, NOT CARS, TO GET PRIORITY IN FUTURE DESIGN OF CO MONAGHAN’S URBAN ROADS AND STREETS

21 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

The pedestrian rather than the motorist will get primary consideration when new town roads and streets are being designed in Co Monaghan in the future.

“The conventional approach was to accommodate vehicles but the sustainable approach is a more integrated one that gives pedestrians priority,” senior executive planner Toirleach Gourley told the January meeting of Monaghan Co Council during a presentation on the new Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS) which is now mandatory for all roads authorities in the country.

The new policy document was launched in March 2013 but has now come into effect.

The Co Council has started the process of incorporating the manual into its Co Development Plan by agreeing to commence a public consultation exercise in relation to the document.

During his presentation to the councillors, Mr Gourley described DMURS as “a sea change in terms of standards” and said it included measures aimed at reducing vehicle speed in urban areas.

“It is putting people at the centre of the design process rather than having car-dominated areas,” he pointed out, adding: “It is all about controlling vehicle speed in urban environments to reduce collisions, and moderating driver behaviour.”

Among the measures that planners will have to introduce in future urban street design in order to control vehicle speed are the development of a strong sense of enclosure; reduction of road widths; the elimination of frequent crossing points, and minimising signage and road markings.

The manual says that such physical measures “act on the psychology of drivers, causing them to moderate their behaviour and speed.

“Advance warnings prepare drivers for impending change to driving conditions. Reduced signage and ….

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