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Wiltshire Times: Traffic campaigner Godfrey Marks oppose the Historic Core Zone in Bradford on Avon Traffic campaigner Godfrey Marks oppose the Historic Core Zone in Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon’s Historic Core Zone scheme aims to ‘rebalance’ the relationship between pedestrians and vehicles, but has divided opinion in the town.

One side says it will be a ‘boost’ while the other says ‘dream on, get real’...

Godfrey Marks, who has campaigned on traffic issues in the town for 16 years, believes the HCZ promises the opposite of what it claims to do, calling it the ‘Dream and Reality’.

“Traffic, mostly local, is both the life blood and blight of Bradford. Sheer volume causes congestion, pedestrian intimidation and exhaust pollution.

“With a bypass recognised as unrealistic, and a one-way system counter-productive, how then to optimise the balance between traffic flow and pedestrian mobility and safety?

“In 2008, the Taming the Traffic conference debated how to prevent further strangulation of the town. The outcome was surprising: change the name of the game. Accept traffic volume, set aside congestion and pollution, and invent a new problem, driver aggression.

“Let’s experiment with deregulation, the flavour of the decade for highways planners and consultants; removing the normal rules of driver/pedestrian interaction, and blurring the demarcations of street space, to create uncertainty, and make drivers more cautious and considerate.

"Very theoretical, since this approach has no precedents comparable to Bradford’s situation.

“The resulting Historic Core Zone scheme is the stuff of dreams and very serious food for thought.

"We dream of funding to transform the town centre, decluttering and upgrading materials and street furniture; road markings replaced by new colour-coded paving; the whole area ‘re-civilised’ with mutual tolerance among street users, benevolent drivers, happy shoppers.

“But now think – how? Is pedestrian confidence and mobility helped by removing their right of way on a regulated zebra crossing (1,196 signatures on the petition for its retention), or expecting them to confront two-way traffic on voluntary courtesy crossings?

"Doesn’t removing the guidance and protection of raised kerbs contribute to a pedestrian discomfort zone, and a no-go area for some?

"Will drivers’ tolerance of pedestrians be encouraged by replacing one crossing in Market Street with four? Why invite traffic blockage in the narrows by removing the yellow boxes?

“The emerging HCZ scheme promises the very opposite of its aims and claims – discriminating against the elderly, infirm and children... let’s dream on, but get real too.”

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3:41pm Tue 18 Mar 14

BusyBumbleee says...

Is Godfrey Marks the same chap who orchestrated the LOSS of the new Footbridge in the Kingston Mills development?
Is Godfrey Marks the same chap who orchestrated the LOSS of the new Footbridge in the Kingston Mills development? BusyBumbleee
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10:38pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Vintage resident says...

Interestingly, the image that backed the article on signatures collected by anti HCZ protesters, clearly showed the three individuals standing by the crossing with a parked car, with bonnet raised loading GOODS ON THE CROSSING! It always has been a hazard, ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE.
Interestingly, the image that backed the article on signatures collected by anti HCZ protesters, clearly showed the three individuals standing by the crossing with a parked car, with bonnet raised loading GOODS ON THE CROSSING! It always has been a hazard, ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE. Vintage resident
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10:39pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Vintage resident says...

BusyBumbleee wrote:
Is Godfrey Marks the same chap who orchestrated the LOSS of the new Footbridge in the Kingston Mills development?
Yes he was, with a few others!
[quote][p][bold]BusyBumbleee[/bold] wrote: Is Godfrey Marks the same chap who orchestrated the LOSS of the new Footbridge in the Kingston Mills development?[/p][/quote]Yes he was, with a few others! Vintage resident
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10:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Vintage resident says...

Yes he was indeed along with a few of the same!
Yes he was indeed along with a few of the same! Vintage resident
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10:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Vintage resident says...

It's velar when listening to these people trying to find things wrong with the HCZ that they clearly font understand the whole concept. We as a nation have been used for decades, to being told instruction whilst walking and driving. I.e. Cross here, stop here, red lights, green lights, it seems counter intuitive to be allowed to use your brain. We are all capable of making rational decisions, making choices and being thoughtful and conscious of others within our daily life, this is exactly what shared space encourages, we find it hard, other countries don't. Given this a chance and allow the town to change and stop wishing for it to fail. This same tiresome group are intent on jeopardising this well,needed update. The traders want it, the residents need it, and we really need to just go ahead and support all,these experts that have put years of work into this project.
It's velar when listening to these people trying to find things wrong with the HCZ that they clearly font understand the whole concept. We as a nation have been used for decades, to being told instruction whilst walking and driving. I.e. Cross here, stop here, red lights, green lights, it seems counter intuitive to be allowed to use your brain. We are all capable of making rational decisions, making choices and being thoughtful and conscious of others within our daily life, this is exactly what shared space encourages, we find it hard, other countries don't. Given this a chance and allow the town to change and stop wishing for it to fail. This same tiresome group are intent on jeopardising this well,needed update. The traders want it, the residents need it, and we really need to just go ahead and support all,these experts that have put years of work into this project. Vintage resident
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