We are designing a large new housing development for our growing city that will provide 250 new homes. Of course, we want to make sure that the streets of this development are pleasant and safe for the families that live there.There are some guidelines we must follow when we design the roads of this new neighbourhood, to make sure that emergency services vehicles can access them easily.
Ambulances must reach 75% of their emergency call-outs within 8 minutes to guarantee funding. The requirements for emergency vehicles are generally dictated by those for large fire appliances. Providing for these will cater for police vehicles and ambulances. Congested streets and limited connections and access points can significantly increase response times. Wide, high-speed streets – particularly those in residential neighborhoods or near schools and shopping areas – also increase the risk of accidents with other vehicles and pedestrians
New residential streets should be designed to form part of a well-connected street network. Well-connected street networks have significant advantages: they minimise land-take by avoiding the need for wasteful turning areas at the ends of cul-de-sacs, they encourage more people to walk and cycle to local destinations, improving their health while reducing motor traffic, energy use and pollution; and more people on the streets leads to improved personal security and road safety.
I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.
I would like you to use the information provided to review the design of our housing development and track journey times from the local fire station to various locations to check that our street layout is safe. Send a report to the Town Planner to confirm your findings.
I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.
Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.
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