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By M. de Langen, R. Tembele

This examine bargains instructions for pedestrian and bicycle site visitors in African towns. The textual content relies at the mixture of reports and try out findings bought in pilot tasks conducted in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Eldoret and Morogoro among 1995 and 2000.

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3. is the only element of traffic calming targeting the bus - pedestrian traffic interaction, that has been tested in the pilot projects. It is an important one. Public transport drivers, letting passengers in and out and waiting for passengers at any point along their route has a number of drawbacks. It increases the accident hazards in general, and it i s particularly negative for cyclists, because the bus always crosses their path when pulling over to the side of the road. The chaotic stopping of the busses also reduces the capacity of the road network by the queues and overtaking maneuvers that it triggers.

8). Sleeping policerireiz and silent feacl~ers Paraphrasing the popular notion in traffic safety enhancement, of the combined need for “Engineering, Education and Enforcement”, the conclusion is that for African cities this means: engineering (implement decisive traffic calming ~ n t e ~ ~ e n t ~ osilent n s ) , teachers (concrete, but very eloquent) and sleeping policemen (always there, and fair). Simple concrete block separation Between carriageway and shouldcr is very efiectivc in ereatin. a safer traffic flow and in concentrating bus stopping in siinnltaiieously provided bus bays.

It is iniportant to use the same traffic calming instruments systematically in similar situations, to increase the clarity of the traffic calming policy for all road users, and for vehicle drivers CIenrrouddhierurchy, in particular. It is important to underline the road hierarchy with the choice of traffic calming measures, to clarify the fact that traffic calming is not a general attempt to make safe and snzootlz vehicle traffic slower and less attractive, but a general attempt to re-establish safe and rt-nffic c ~ ~ c ~ { ~ ~ f j umotor iz smooth traffic cii-culationconditions, of which drivers and pedestrianskyclists both benefit.

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