To all of those who say “the research isn’t in” on the effectiveness of low traffic neighbourhoods…

I present, a thread:

(DM me anything I miss!)
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods reduce road traffic injuries:…
New walking and cycling infrastructure (like LTNs) increases number of pedestrians and cyclists AND increase in physical activity…
LTNs do not increase response times for emergency services…
LTNs lead to a reduction in car ownership…
LTNs lead to an increase in walking and cycling…
Dulwich LTN saw a doubling in number of people cycling…
LTNs haven’t caused an increase in traffic on nearby main roads in Hackney…
LTNs don’t discriminate (h/t @adamtranter)…

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