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The question: Streets

The poor state of UK streets hit the headlines again last week with the publication of the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment's research on Britain's worst streets. How would you like to see the street that you live in improved?

I want my kids to be able just to be kids on the street outside my house - that means being able to make a mistake without being killed for it by a passing car. A simple change in legislation would help the most - the law should realise that the car is a dangerous vehicle and, particularly in a residential street, make the driver or owner of a car responsible for any damage done by that car. On residential streets, excuses about children running out into the road should not be acceptable because that is what children do and they have a right to be there.

Jim Towers, 51, transport planning engineer, Stirling

Snipers to watch out for litterers and owners of fouling dogs wouldn't go amiss.

Jonathon Rogers, coastal engineer, Surrey

Get rid of all the loose stones from the footpath, so when the children fall over they do not have them stuck in their legs - cuts are fine, picking out the stones not so good. Teach people not to park on the pavement so the guy at the top of the street can get his wheel chair past. Other than that it is not too bad apart from the guy up the road who always twitches his curtains and calls the police when we have parties!

Jim Fennell, 34, IS manager, Belfast

More pedestrian only streets Geoff Home Britain's worst streets are an urban issue. As a rural dweller, I am very happy with the pleasant environment of the street where I live. Our concerns in the countryside are with transport, village schools, village shops and a range of other issues which have for too long been given inadequate consideration by central government.

Bryan Steed, Norfolk

I am quite content with the road I live in, which is a rural location, with a farm just down the road.

The road is not used as a short cut as it is too narrow and twisty.

The people who live here are friendly without being inquisitive and don't park too many cars on the road. Dogs are not allowed to wander freely and so we have no problem with the mess they can cause. Due to the lack of traffic, we need no footpaths as there is plenty of room for all road users, who do not travel too fast due to the aforementioned twisty and narrow nature of the road. So, sorry, I can't help Stephen James, 45, Salisbury A 30mph speed limit was introduced on the street where I live two years ago but is poorly observed. I live in hope that a culture change will develop similar to the change in attitude over the last 20 years to drinking and driving.

Ken Blenkharn

Remove the commuter traffic that increasingly uses my street as a rat run. The traffic makes use of the fact that the road is reasonably wide to drive at speeds that are too fast for a residential road. The problem is finding a way to remove this traffic without inconveniencing genuine local traffic as there are few other roads giving access to the area.

Rupert Whitmarsh, 56, Associate, Hammersmith

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