In the series of our publications we cover numerous topics regarding traffic safety. This time we are covering a topic which seems totally unrelated to traffic. Public car racer statements regarding 'killer roadside trees' can work as the only connection between the two.
I invite you to read another issue of our series. This time we are discussing roadside greenery and different ways of using it to ensure safety on the road. Once again different European cities work as examples of treating roadside greenery as an integral part of the road which should be properly used and governed.
POLAND vs FRANCE
While in Poland the aim is rather to plant trees at a patricular distance from the road, French traffic calming zones designers do exactly the opposite. Why? Research has shown that when the greenery is closer to the road it creates an illusion of the street being narrower and therefore it reduces driver confidence on the road. In Poland we ask ourselves a question 'what if a child runs runs in the street from behind a tree out of the blue?'. French designers think of such a situation as well, but the difference is that they know that reducing driver confidence is a more efficient way of handling the problem. When a driver is less confident, he reduces speed and is more careful on the road.
Moreover, roadside greenery can become a part of traffic safety tools. It is certainly more aesthetic than concrete posts and fences. It can be used to separate tracks and as aesthetic barriers next to scarps.
HOW CAN WE GREEN THE CITY OURSELVES?
In the second part of the publication we present ways in which we, the city residents, can influence city greening. We list detailed methods used in financing greenery from public budget.
We continuously encourage you to get inspiration from those examples in order to ensure traffic safety.