There is nothing calming about Calming Areas. These are barriers intentionally placed on a road to make one slow down. I’m not talking about speed bumps here. I’m talking a post in the middle of one side of the road on an island protruding out from the kerb (that’s “curb” in American.) These will be accompanied by a sign notifying which direction has the right of way, as only one car at a time can get by the obstruction. It’s actually quite a source of agitation and frustration if one is in a hurry…not very calming at all….
Locals say that these chicanes (yep, that’s what they are called, which synchronistically is another C-word) don’t slow down all traffic; some drivers take it as a challenge (Hey! Another C-word! I’m on a roll here!) to see how quickly they can pace through them, having the exact opposite effect.