Interesting post. We live on a cul-de-sac and have a pedestrian path at the bottom linking to another part of the estate. When looking at the whole estate - built between 2001 and 2012 by Hopkins Homes - it is also in effect a cul-de-sac. In that you can only drive into it and around it and then out of it but you come out pretty much where you started. There are two entrances/exits that are linked by the same side road that runs in a sort of wobbly u-shape into and out of the estate. It makes the whole estate much quieter and more pedestrian friendly (despite the attempts of some drivers to do 30mph in a 20mph zone) that it would be if it were set either side a through road. Much of the village is made up of estate developments like this - there are only a couple of 'main' roads (B-roads at best) that actually run through the village - and the main B road carrying non village traffic tends to run past it rather than through it.

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I think you've got a typo--

you say 'By adding circuity for cars but not other transport modes, these types of cul-de-sacs may not encourage driving. Why drive five minutes when you can walk it in three?'

I think you meant 'by adding circuity for pedestrians' rather than 'by adding circuity for cars'.

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