I live in Southwark but at Crystal Palace which is the meeting point of five of our London Boroughs.
Southwark was very early in the adoption of the 20 Mile an hour limits. However, I'm very sorry that Croydon has decided to follow the lead and I don't think have critically look at the issue.
Having lived at my flat for over thirty years during that period there have been five accidents were drivers have lost control of their vehicles leaving them on the pavement and famously, a number 3 Bus. The problem is that two of them happened within a week of each other and since the 20 mile an hour limit was imposed, the other week.
Pugged into the music and focusing on the screen of their smart phones they walk straight off the pavement. While they are significantly less likely to be killed, It has resulted in a decrease in the total number of people involved in accident prevention. I am seeing more and more Jay walking as the American label this pursuit of pedestrian excitement.
The reason kerb drill included the command 'look' both ways was to cover how the human eye only accurately measures speed in the centre and not on the peripheral. So watching traffic out of the corner is not a smart move.
Why are pedestrian pelican crossing programmed to move people like cars. Why do they not get an amber light too that flashes to say, cross traffic is held on red, the danger come from vehicles turning into this road. Driving back a night I am often stopped while absent pedestrians are given chance to cross.
Why not steal a good idea from the continent of Europe where at night, when the road traffic is very light. The traffic light on many junctions are switched to flashing amber on all directions. The message is, proceed with caution.
The new limit has resulting in kamikaze overtaking and the jumping of light by people suffering road rage or selfish me, me, me driving as I think of it. There is suicidal tailgating.
With junctions being made ever more complex where you need a Phd in road planning to understand why someone thought it was such a good idea for the councils to spend such a lot on painting the road. When I learn to drive, the instructor said ' every change in speed and direction was a potential increase of risk of an accident'. I agree.
Scrapping the paper road fund license has caused an increase in the number of cars not taxed, not less.
But what do you think?