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Leeds & Liverpool Canal speed calming pilot

During autumn 2020, the Trust conducted a trial which pioneered the use of average speed monitoring technology to investigate how people are behaving on some of our busiest towpaths, to help us develop possible ways to reduce cycling speeds.

The words 'stay kind slow down' printed on the towpath

During a four-week trial, the Trust analysed the speed at which people were travelling along a stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The impact of new signage, floor markings and other measures on average towpath speeds was observed by capturing any changes at several different locations along the towpath.

The pilot, which ran from 17 August to 28 September, demonstrated that the innovative speed monitoring technology was effective in tracking towpath behaviours and could be successfully rolled out across the next phase of trials to begin later this year. The data produced from this initial trial showed some encouraging insight into the potential benefits of each speed calming measure, however continued testing will be needed to draw significant conclusions on each intervention.

A next phase of trials will now be rolled out to selected sites in the months ahead

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Last Edited: 11 November 2020

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