Traffic Schemes FAQ

How can I get one of these schemes installed?

Take a look at the process page to find out how.

Why is the word 'accidents' used instead of 'collisions'?

Take a look at this page for a full explanation.

Are captions available on the videos?

Yes. Just click the captions icon in the bottom right of the YouTube player.

What is tactile paving?

Tactile paving are coloured paving slabs with many raised circular bumps. They are particularly helpful for blind people with a white cane, but are also useful to all road users who should associate them with a pedestrian crossing.

Traffic Choices website FAQ

What is the aim of the Traffic Choices project?

The project aims to assist communities with decisions on traffic schemes by providing them with user friendly information. The project aims to base this information on high quality research, where it exists.

Which problems will Traffic Choices help to solve?

Communities working with local councils have often said information about traffic schemes is not easily available. The information provided can also use too much technical jargon.

What information is Traffic Choices based on?

Wherever possible, information on Traffic Choices is based upon high quality peer reviewed research. The information is also based on the latest guidance from the Department for Transport, and experience from local authority highway engineers

How did the Traffic Choices project start?

Traffic Choices started in Bristol in 2013 after successfully winning money from the Technology Strategy Board. In 2014 a "tracker" system was added to the Bristol website to track requests from communities and to track the progress of traffic schemes. In 2015, Traffic Choices entered into an agreement with Somerset County Council, to expand the project to Somerset.

How is this project funded?

From January to December 2013, the project was 60% funded by Bristol's Public Health department, and 40% funded by the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme (KTP). KTP aims to help organisations improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. KTP is funded by the Technology Strategy Board along with the other government funding organisations. You can find more information here.

From January 2014, the project is funded by Bristol City Council, with contributions from Somerset County Council.

Who is involved?

From January to December 2013, the website was researched and designed by James Coleman under the supervision of two academics at UWE Bristol. From January 2014, James continues to manage and develop the project under the supervision of the Public Health Department at Bristol City Council.

How can I find out more information?

You can find out more information by contacting members of the Traffic Choices Team.

Can I use the images on Traffic Choices?

All images on Traffic Choices are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. You must attribute all images to, except where attribution has already been declared to another author.