Hull’s crazy new road crossings – what they’re for and…

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Hull’s crazy new road crossings – what they’re for and…

Hull’s crazy new road crossings – what they’re for and how much they cost
2021-10-14 21:01:00
Hull's 'crazy' crossings, which have popped up on Anlaby Road and in the city centre this week, have been labelled “crazy”, “a waste of cash” and “distracting”. But as the city has one of the highest pedestrian casualty rates in the UK, they are aimed at saving lives. Between 80 and 120 adults are injured each year across Hull. For more traffic and travel news, click here. The UK's Road Safety Trust, which works to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads, decided action needed to be taken in Hull. Along with Liverpool, which has an even higher rate, the trust awarded the cities a share of £200,000 to reduce deaths and injuries. The new road markings on Anlaby Road. (Image: Gregory Ford) The designs might seem outlandish and attention grabbing but the crossings use “behavioural science to ‘nudge’ more people to use them – and use them correctly.” The crossings, which are the first of their kind in the UK, employ eye-catching designs to encourage people to use them. Liverpool and Hull have some of the highest rates of adult residents injured as pedestrians in the UK – Liverpool at 48 resident pedestrian casualties per 100,000 people and Hull at 36 resident pedestrian casualties per 100,000 each year. The project is expected to last two years and the markings are only temporary. The bizarre and colourful new crossing laid on Thursday in Market Place in Hull city centre. (Image: Facebook) The project is being delivered in partnership with Hull City Council, their respective Road Safety Partnerships, leading behavioural science company So-Mo and data analysis company Agilysis. They have outlined why Hull was chosen to host the new crossings: between 80 and 120 adults are injured as pedestrians each year in Hull. 21% of all adults killed or seriously injured were pedestrian. 61% of adult pedestrians who were crossing the road at the time of their collision were NOT at a crossing. 39% of all adult pedestrian casualties were injured on, or within 50 metres of a crossing. Get traffic updates for your area But the crossings are not here to stay. The pedestrian routes on Anlaby Road and Market Place have been laid for a trial period, the designs will be removed after October 31. A study will then decide if pedestrians were ‘nudged’ to use then correctly and whether to trial them in other UK cities. The latest road markings to appear on Anlaby Road, Hull are causing even more co

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