Places for People is about reducing the amount of traffic in residential neighbourhoods so that it is nicer to be outside and safer for people to walk and cycle, children to play, neighbours to chat.
In many parts of Birmingham, residents find that streets outside their homes are busy with traffic, particularly when people are ‘rat running’ to avoid congestion on main roads. When traffic is reduced the neighbourhood becomes quieter, streets are safer, and the air is cleaner.
During the COVID-19 lockdown we had a chance to experience what it can feel like when our roads are much quieter. Through the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan and money from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, we now have an opportunity to rapidly introduce schemes to keep these benefits and create Low Traffic Neighbourhoods across Birmingham.