18 Nov '11, 11am

New Idea For Sharing Urban Roads? Sidewalks Removed on Busy London Street Forces Drivers to Slow

New Idea For Sharing Urban Roads? Sidewalks Removed on Busy London Street Forces Drivers to Slow

It's a revolutionary change in traffic thinking. Sidewalks have been eliminated on a newly reconstructed stretch of Exhibition Road , in downtown London. The busy thoroughfare has been changed from the traditional sidewalk-and-road arrangement into a continuous smooth surface that is shared by pedestrians, bikers and drivers. There are no crosswalks, lane markings, sidewalks, curbs, signs or railings. What you see (above) is what you get: a long road with large black and white granite cross-hatching. It's a perfect place for a pedestrianized route because three huge museums and a university front onto it and there are 11.5 million visitors a year to the area. The concept for this "shared space" derives from a Dutch traffic engineer, Hans Monderman . It is a different way of looking at roads: Shared space removes the traditional segregation of motor vehicles, pedestrians an...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/new-idea-for-shari...

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