Modern Concept of Streets and Space Design - Shared Space

Shared Space is a relatively new and unconventional traffic and urban design concept. It could be defined as a "street or place designed to improve pedestrian movement and comfort by reducing the dominance of motor vehicles and enabling all users to share the space rather than follow the clearly defined rules implied by more conventional designs". The development of Shared Space could be related to the name of Hans Monderman, Dutch traffic engineer, who presented his radical ideas of "Naked Streets" in the early 1980s in Holland. Successful achievements of his projects spread this new opportunity for street redesign through the world. Over the time, these ideas have evolved into the Shared Space concept. In fact, streets that encourage sharing of the space are not new. Many historic streets operate as Shared Space, particularly in historic city centers and residential zones. Actually, what it is about? It is clear that there is no equality in space sharing in the traditional way of street operation. There is a significant dominance of motor vehicles compared to other users (pedestrians, cyclist, etc.). The Shared Space concept, as its name implies, tends to make balance in street space sharing between motorized and non-motorized users. It seeks to change the way streets operate by reducing the dominance of vehicular movements through traffic design and regulation measures. Redesigning parts of the street network, using this model experienced great expansion in the last ten years through various projects throughout Europe and in the world. This paper will present the basis of the space sharing concept and its design and implementation demands, as well as the traffic engineer role in this process of street and space redesign. The best European and world practice will be mentioned and also possibilities for applying Shared Space in local conditions will be considered.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 652-658
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of Second International Conference on Traffic and Transport Engineering (ICTTE)

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  • Accession Number: 01603920
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9788691615321
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2016 6:51PM