Residential streets should be blocked off to prevent smart apps turning sleepy roads into polluted rat runs, campaigners have said.
People living in the quiet areas between main roads are being increasingly plagued with jams and accidents because software like Waze, or Apple Maps which direct motorists into back streets to avoid traffic.
Already some areas of London have begun trialling ‘Mini-Holland’ schemes, in which roads are blocked off with bollards so that they can only be accessed by motorists who live there.
Road space is a scarce resource. That’s why we have congestion.
The apps make use of other road space. Space that exists already, but which is being underutilised. This is an increase in capacity utilisation, an increase in the Solow Residual, therefore it makes us all richer.
Far from wanting to stop this we want to encourage people to use them.