The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Planning and Environmental Impact Design: from EIA to EID
Chapter: Chapter 10 Sustainable green transport

Speed roads

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High speed driving can be allowed - in some places

People enjoy fast driving, but should not be allowed to enjoy themselves by driving at speed on everyday roads or in populated areas. Considerations of safety, noise, and pollution cause too much detriment to public goods. One possibility would be to create a new category of high speed leisure roads in scenically dull and un-populated areas. They could be owned and supervised by private operators in large forests, deserts and agricultural zones where vehicles travelling at 200 km/hr would not be a nuisance. On occasion the roads could be closed for leisure use and put to a functional or military purpose, such as timber extraction or a troop movement exercise. Some countries, like Switzerland, might have no space for speed roads. Others, like Russia, might find them a popular tourist attraction. In smaller-scale landscapes, speed roads could be for 2-wheeled vehicles only.