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Procedure for dealing with roadside memorials.
This policy has been written in response to the increasing number of memorials being placed on the public highway and other council owned land following a fatal road traffic collision or other incident resulting in a sudden death.
Procedure for the introduction of traffic calming measures.
The term ‘traffic calming’ is used to describe specific traffic engineering measures that help control vehicle speeds; primarily as an aid to improve road safety. The document details measures which can be used in different situations.
Procedure for assessing measures to encourage walking.
Requests for providing new or improved crossing facilities are regularly received. This procedure considers the assessment of these requests and promotes the improvements through the Measures to Encourage Walking programme.
Procedure for deploying vehicle activated speed signs.
Studies show that when drivers reduce speed, collisions are less likely and if there are collisions, at lower speeds there will be less serious injury. This is particularly true for vulnerable road users i.e. children and older people. Vehicle Activated Speed Signs (VASS) can be deployed to address these concerns by serving to remind motorists of the speed limit.
Procedure for undertaking road safety audit.
Road Safety Audits (RSA) now form an integral part of the design process for most highway engineering schemes. This procedure provides a standard approach to the RSA process that should apply to all new traffic and highway improvement schemes of an estimated works value of £100,000.
Procedures for requesting direction signs to tourist attractions and facilities.
The over-riding objective of providing tourist (and other) directional signs is to improve road safety for all road users by providing direct and clear information as to the most appropriate route available. It should be noted that the introduction of any directional signs should not be for promotional or marketing purposes.
Procedure for investigating a fatal road traffic collisions.
To consider whether there are road safety / maintenance implications resulting from a fatal road traffic collision and any further action to be taken.
Procedure for the introduction of high friction surfacing.
To consider the location and extent of High Friction Surfacing (HFS) to be introduced as part of road improvement schemes within the Borough. The procedure for introducing HFS, also referred to as anti-skid, was first introduced within the Council’s Road Safety Plan 1993/94.
Procedure for introducing guard railing.
The main purpose of guardrailing is to improve safety by trying to prevent pedestrians from crossing the road at an inappropriate place or from straying into the road inadvertently. This procedure establishes a protocol to consider the provision or removal of guardrails.
Procedure for assessing local safety schemes.
This should be read in conjunction with RS03 Procedure for the introduction of Traffic Calming Measures. Road safety requests are regularly received to consider implementing traffic calming measures for various reasons. This procedure considers the assessment of these requests in terms of the Local Safety Scheme programme.
Procedure for assessing mirrors on the highway.
This procedure considers the implication of requests for mirrors on the highway and the impact of mirrors on other road users.
Procedure for assessing cycling schemes.
This should be read in conjunction with RS03 Procedure for the introduction of Traffic Calming Measures. Cycling network schemes are identified from a variety of sources. These schemes fall under the Measures to Encourage Cycling programme and this procedure explains how schemes are assessed.

Procedure for assessing safer routes to school schemes.
This should be read in conjunction with RS03 Procedure for the introduction of Traffic Calming Measures. As part of the development of a School Travel Plan, action plans are produced by the schools requesting a variety of different schemes to support their modal shift targets. These schemes fall under the Safer Routes to School programme and this procedure explains how requests are assessed.
Procedure for setting local speed limits.
This procedure details the approach that Walsall Council has adopted for assessing and setting speed limits in the local area.
Procedure for supporting the school crossing patrol service.
The Team will provide advice in relation to strategy and policy reflecting national guidelines approved by Council in 1994 and subsequent updates, following Section 26 of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984.
Procedure for assessing sites of community health and safety.
This should be read in conjunction with RS03 Procedure for the introduction of Traffic Calming Measures. This procedure considers the assessment of requests which fail to meet the criteria for the Local Safety Scheme work programme and are transferred to the Promotion of Community Health & Safety programme.
Procedure for introducing bollards.
This procedure will consider the introduction of bollards only when they are promoted to prohibit vehicles being driven or parked on footways or verges and where they are to be used to assist with security and protection.
Procedure for a walking bus.
A Walking Bus (WB) is an organised walk to or from school under the supervision of at least two trained adults; one leading the group (Driver) and one at the rear (Conductor). This procedure considers the involvement of the Council’s Sustainable Travel & Road Safety team in the promotion and setting up process.
Procedure for leisure cycle rides.
A Leisure Cycle Ride (LCR) is an organised ride in the vicinity of a school that is designed to encourage pupils to use cycling for the school journey.
Road Safety and Sustainable Travel
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