Task One: Imagine you work for the complaints department at Manchester City Council How would you explain to the driver of a car that was been damaged by raising bollards why the bollards had been installed in the CBD (Central Business District)?
We apologize for the inconvenience. Bollards have been installed in our publics areas to keep a distance between the pedestrians and the vehicles travelling on the road. In a crowded place such as Manchester City, it is strongly depended on for pedestrians to stay well. Bollards are necessary and need to remain in the CBD (Central Business District). In future travels, please refrain from reaching too close to the bollards, to prevent further accidents.
Task Two: Produce some notes on ‘Park and Ride Schemes’:
What are ‘Park and Ride Schemes’?
The park and ride scheme is an area where cars can be parked, and there available public transport for the citizens to travel on. These consist of buses, rail systems, etc.
How do they work?
People that wish to take the public transport will travel by their own car to the facility where a parking space will be available. Then, they will be able to ride the public transportation, and collect their car when they return from their trip. These facilities are usually located in the suburbs and outer areas of the city.
How do they reduce urban traffic congestion?
This system is an ideal way to avoid urban traffic congestion since there will be less vehicles on the road. The people can park their car in the park and ride facility instead of hunting for a parking at their destination. Also, it is a way for people to use public transportation.
Give detailed examples of a ‘Park and Ride’ scheme from one urban location.
Bangkok, Thailand’s Mass Rapid Transit is an example of ‘Park and Ride’ scheme. At each station, there is a building where all the cars are parked. There are a different amount of parking spaces at each station. In this scheme in Bangkok, there is a system where people sign up monthly. In the image below, the blue line is the MRT route.
Task Three: Print a copy of the news article ‘A year on, the cycle experiment has hit some bumps‘ and then with three different colors highlight the following:
- How the bicycle scheme in Paris works? : BLUE
- Any negative elements to the scheme in Paris. : PURPLE
- Any positive elements to the scheme in Paris. : ORANGE
Task Four: Produce a detailed case study of the Congestion Charges scheme in London, UK. By producing your case study you should develop your understanding of the following:
1. How the scheme actually works – how is money collected?, how are cars monitored?
Money is collected by vehicles when passing through certain areas in London. Cars are monitored by cameras placed at entrances and exits, which record your car plate number. Fines are charged if you are unable to pay in advance or before midnight that same day. “The daily charge is £10 if you pay in advance or on the day, but increases to £12 if payment is made by midnight on the following charging day.” – (AA, 2012)
2. The geographical scale of the scheme.
– reduces number of vehicles
– contribution to road mantainence
– encourages public transportation (benefits environment)
4. Any negative impacts about the scheme.
– may not be as effective as other options since people can take cabs, and other roads to get to their destination
– may hurt the people who have to pay economically
5. The future of the scheme.
Regarding the future, suggestions have been about the changing in price. Also, the use of GPS in the car as a better tracking system.