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Help requested posted on 7th February 2019:

Gap Analysis for Pupils Crossing Roads

I'm working on a Walk Routes to School Policy. For assessing how difficult a road is to cross (without refuges/zebras/lights etc), our gap analysis is being questioned. The traditional walk speed of 3ft (0.91m) per second and carriageway width tends to be used e.g. crossing a standard 7.3m carriageway would take 8.02 seconds. However, I've also read that some authorities factor-in an additional 1 second 'thinking time.' Does anyone consider additional factors like this or do you just stick to the basic carriageway width by walk speed calculation? Thanks.

Gary

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Response posted on 8th February 2019 by:
Delphine Norton

E: delphine.norton@lincolnshire.gov.uk
T: 07909926232

Gap Analysis for Pupils Crossing Roads

Hi Gary I do the Route Assessments for Lincolnshire County Council and we use the Road Safety GB guidelines. if you would like to email me I can send you a copy of what we use.
Delphine


Response posted on 11th February 2019 by:
Sarah Collins

E: sarah.collins@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
T: 01244 976713

Gap Analysis for Pupils Crossing Roads

Hi Gary
We use the RSGB guidelines too in Cheshire West and Chester, saves any complications.
Sarah


Response posted on 11th February 2019 by:
Rob Camp

E: r.j.camp@dorsetcc.gov.uk
T: 01305224548

Gap Analysis for Pupils Crossing Roads

Hi Gary

In Dorset we use the respective national guidelines for both assessing School Crossing Patrol sites and undertaking a walked route assessment in respect of school transport appeal. So two sets of guidelines clearly outlining a robust and defendable approach.


Response posted on 11th February 2019 by:
Andy Swallowe

E: Andy.Swallowe@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
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Gap Analysis for Pupils Crossing Roads

I conduct the Home to School Transport reviews for Cambridgeshire CC. We adopted RSGB Best Practice Gap Analysis which advises 1 second per metre of road to cross. However it also advises that longer may be required for vulnerable groups such as older or disabled pedestrian groups.


Response posted on 14th February 2019 by:
David Davies

E: david.davies@pacts.org.uk
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Gap Analysis for Pupils Crossing Roads

Having heard Prof John Wann, Royal Holloway, UoL, at the Rospa conference yesterday, I would certainly look at his work on children, looming and ability to judge approach time/speed.


Contact Rospa for the details.


Response posted on 14th February 2019 by:
Rod King

E: rod.k@20splenty.org
T: 7973639781

Gap Analysis for Pupils Crossing Roads

WE have a briefing on this which references the work of Prof John Wann and also Prof Jodie Plumert.

Both come to the conclusion that unless the speed of traffic is 20mph or below then primary school children cannot reliably cross the road safely.

This ties in with the WHO, OECD recommendation that where pedestrians and cycles mix with motor vehicles then the correct speed limit is 30km/h or 20mph.

Our briefing also links to the civil liability cases which are appropriate. I would recommend reviewing our briefing before advising any children to cross a road where the local authority endorses 30mph speed with a 30mph limit.

http://www.20splenty.org/duty_of_care_mandates_20mph


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