November 22, 2005

There's a lot of good points made (albeit in a rather colourful way) in an article over in today's BBC magazine about speeding in urban areas. Children's author and traffic campaigner, Ted Dewan, has hit upon the idea of "folk traffic calming" or as Sean Coughlan reports it where art installations meet road safety, a kind of sleeping policeman that's been influenced by Damien Hirst.

The idea is to put "traffic witches" in the path of speeding vehicles instead of the usual array of signs, bumps and cameras in a more absurd effort to make the driver slow down. So far motorists have had to negotiate an 11-feet high rabbit, a big bed (for a sleeping policeman), a Casualty-style fake crash scene for Halloween and the setting up of a living room in the middle of the road. All this is currently taking place in a single Oxford residential street, but it'll be interesting to see if anyone jumps on the idea here to try and stop small streets from being turned into rat runs.