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Traffic calming is the practice of placing physical measures in a road to control the speeds at which motorists travel. The most common measures used in Cape Town are speed humps, raised pedestrian crossings, raised intersections and mini traffic circles. Another form of traffic calming, albeit a softer measure, is road narrowing and the use of road markings, which do not compel a driver to slow down but attempt to influence the driver’s behaviour.
The City of Cape Town adopted its current Traffic Calming Policy to allow for the automatic approval of calming measures on residential roads adjacent to public facilities and the approval of measures on other residential roads subject to the satisfaction of certain criteria indicating a high potential for conflict between road users. The policy aims to reduce the risk of death or injury to vulnerable road users, particularly where there are large numbers of pedestrians found.
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