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Post: #1
10-06-2008 01:22 PM

Further to the thread, (over on SE23 Topics) "Driving during the power cut", users may find the following interesting:

In several towns in the Netherlands they have been experimenting with "shared space" schemes whereby the boundaries between cars and pedestrians have been "blurred".

Many of the traditional road features such as traffic lights, road markings and warning signs have been removed. In some places even the kerbs have been removed. Since it is not clear where road begins and pavement ends, both drivers and pedestrians behave much more cautiously.

In effect, when driving you slow down more at junctions without traffic lights because you cannot assume to have right of way.

The goal is to create a safer environment for all and the evidence from the research carried out so far suggests that it works.

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Post: #2
10-06-2008 01:26 PM

There have been planst to implement this on the drawing board around the V&A, Science Museum for some time...

Don't know what the current status of the project is.

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Joined: Nov 2007
Post: #3
10-06-2008 05:40 PM

These principals are creeping into several of the masterplans that our firm is involved in.

There's a chap called Ben Hamilton Baillie who advocates shared space principals;

The trouble is getting the councils' traffic / highways engineers to agree to it!

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Post: #4
10-06-2008 09:12 PM

This is already in operation in Forest Hill. Bicycles and cars ride/drive on the pavement.

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Post: #5
13-06-2008 09:11 PM

I shouldn't laugh but Rofl

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