What are we doing to make roads safer?

A School Streets planter

We are working to make Nottingham’s roads safer for all users, no matter who they are or how and when they travel.

  • Streets for People Programme

In 2021, the council successfully bid as part of a competitive process for £18 million from the Government’s Levelling Up fund to improve streets and local town centres and make walking and cycling easier and safer. This work includes resurfacing roads and footpaths to make them easier to navigate, as well as roads and cycle paths to help improve traffic flow and safety. Read more about this programme here.

  • Cycling and walking

We are working to make improvements to help make travelling around your local area easier on foot and more pleasant. This includes looking at: Crossings, Connectivity to key destinations, Safety/lighting, Signage.

We are working to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities and support all types of cyclists across Nottingham, whatever the journey. This includes building new and enhancing existing cycle lanes, improving lighting and signage, in addition to making improvements at major junctions and side roads. This includes making junction corners tighter to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and encourage turning vehicles to slow down.

  • Cycle training and skills sessions with our partners

Our partner organisations offer fantastic cycling skills sessions and training that cater for all abilities and circumstances. Teaching cycling safety helps provide people with the confidence to cycle from A to B whether that be from home to work, or to catch up with a friend or to grab a loaf of bread from the local shop. Do you want to find out more? Click here.

  • Making our roads safer

We currently have 11 School Streets in Nottingham City. School Streets make the roads outside schools safer for pupils by restricting vehicle access. You can read more about the project and look at the schools taking part here.

We have implemented 20 mph zones in most residential areas, and we are currently implementing 20 mph on non-main roads in the City Centre. We also work closely with the Police in the camera safety partnership to jointly manage speed enforcement across the City.

  • Moving traffic offences consultation

We recently launched a consultation on powers to enforce moving traffic offences in four locations across the city. This will help make our roads safer for everyone as well as tackle vehicle offences in four locations across the city. You can read more about it and take part here.

  • Making public transport safer

Public transport helps take people out of individual private vehicles, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. Did you know? A tram can carry almost 200 passengers or the equivalent of nearly three double-decker buses or 170 cars which helps to reduce traffic congestion.

All bus drivers take safe pass training for cyclists, ensuring that our drivers look out for more vulnerable users, helping to keep everyone safe on the roads. Buses are also fitted with in-built CCTV systems to ensure passenger safety as well as road safety.

  • E-scooter safety

Nottingham’s e-scooter trial offers green mode of travel and provides an alternative for short length journeys. The scooters have been on our streets for just over two years and we’re continuing to work closely with operator to provide safety improvements where concerns arise including:

  • Parking racks
  • Safety events
  • Quarterly meetings with the disability inclusion group to make sure the city centre is safe and accessible.

Read our top 10 e-scooter safety tips here.