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SID will tell you if you are speeding
9:00pm Saturday 16th March 2013 in Local news
The speeds of vehicles going past Addingham Primary School have been in the spotlight in a bid to cut down speeding.
Ilkley and District Road Safety Team, assisted by members of Addingham Civic Society, set up a SID (speed indicator device) on Bolton Road, Addingham, responding to the concerns of parents and other residents.
The chosen location was near to the school entrance on Bolton Road, where the 20 miles per hour speed limit begins on the approach to the village.
Clever SID is a speed indicator device which collects and analyses data on speeds and volumes of traffic. The data collected in last week’s exercise showed many vehicles passing by were above the 20mph limit.
They found 34 vehicles out of a total of 112 were travelling at speeds in excess of 25mph between 3.30pm and 4.30pm alone, at a time when children were leaving Addingham Primary School to go home.
And they recorded these speeds throughout the day, despite it being several years since the 20mph restrictions were introduced on Addingham’s narrow streets.
Interviewed after downloading and analysing the data, Jonathan White said: “Throughout the day figures in excess of 25mph were not uncommon, and one was close to 40mph. On a stretch of road in the village which is seen as potentially dangerous, such statistics do not make good reading.”
He added: “We expect that further collection of data in Addingham within the coming months will confirm residents' concerns about traffic speeding in the village, where a 20mph default speed has been in operation now for a number of years.”
Bradford Council's Road Safety Team will visit Addingham Primary School in April to work with year groups on road safety projects.
Addingham Civic Society executive member, Geoff Hairsine, said: “We believe that parental support may be the vital key in helping to realise future traffic-calming measures throughout the village, by the Highways agencies.
“We will be demonstrating SID at the Spring Fayre on Saturday 23 March.”