The ABD's brief guide to 'Home Zones'
Home Zones are a manifestation of political correctness, in which drivers of all vehicles are maliciously inconvenienced to the maximum extent possible, with total disregard for any consequences.
In Holland, Home Zones are called "woonerven". They are not the success that anti-car campaigners in the UK would like us to believe. Home Zones are few and far between, and are unpopular with everyone.
Creation of a Home Zone is often initiated by local do-gooders, who think they know what is best for all of their neighbours, despite never having spoken to the majority of them. Jumping on the bandwagon of anti-car ideology, they persuade gullible people to support the idea by using cushy images of happy smiling children in order to hide the true political motivation.
The main aim of home zones is to disrupt the passage of vehicles along roads as much as possible by whatever means are possible.
- Narrowing the road
- Making the road one way
- Speed humps
- Trees and other vegetation planted in the road
- Allowing parking at angles to the road
- Absurdly low speed limits
- Rumble strips
- The kerb is removed, eliminating the distinction between pavement and road.
- Closing through roads entirely
- Closing roads to all except residents
- Delivery vehicles find it difficult, if not impossible to access houses, and block the road completely wherever they stop.
- Forget about having a skip delivered.
- Furniture vans may completely block the road for hours on end.
- Parking areas are restricted, residents may have to park some distance from their own house.
- Passage for fire engines is severly restricted, compromising response times, and putting people's lives at risk.
- Passage for ambulances is restricted and made dangerously uncomfortable for patients, delaying journeys and putting people's lives at risk.
- Children are encouraged to play in the street. They fail to learn the distinction between a safe place to play, and a dangerous one. This will have serious consequences when they encounter normal roads.
- The distinction between pavements and roads is blurred, inciting in pedestrians a complacency towards taking care not to step into the road without looking.
- The view of potential hazards for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians is maliciously restricted.
So why do campaigners want them?
Home Zones give the anti-car lobby a good excuse to use pictures of happy smiling children in their propaganda, a sure fire way of brainwashing the public into accepting anything.
In the UK there are 9 government pilot schemes:
- Leeds — The Methleys
- London — West Ealing
- London — Lambeth
- Manchester — Northmoor Estate
- Monmouthshire — Magor
- Nottingham — Clifton
- Plymouth — Morice Town
- Peterborough — New England
- Swale — Cavell Way
If you are a car driver who lives in one of the affected areas, we'd love to hear from you.
It is, of course, a foregone conclusion that these pilot schemes will be a 'success', despite anything the residents may think; and you can guarantee that no-one will even ask drivers their opinion, because their opinions don't matter.
Why not pop along and see one of these schemes for yourself next time your are in the area? (If you can find anywhere to park.)
The ABD supports sensible measures to improve road safety, and certainly would wish to ensure that in all residential areas there are safe places for children to play. The middle of the road is not such a place.
ABD Press Releases about Home Zones
"For every life saved through traffic calming, more are lost because of ambulance delays."
Sigurd Reinton, Chairman, London Ambulance Service; Jan 2003.