CARE TO SHARE? : NEW APPROACH TO URBAN STREET DESIGN SUCCEEDS BY KEEPING THE SPEED LIMIT UNDER 20 MPH

This article addresses the burgeoning Dutch concept of shared streets as a new, useful, and radically different approach to road design. Similar to the innovation of traffic calming that began in the late 1960’s, shared streets attempt to regulate traffic without creating artificial signalization or delineations in the road surface. The design of shared streets, which is currently in use on both lightly and heavily used roads in the Netherlands, essentially removes all marking and signage as well as the distinction between automotive and pedestrian surfaces. This type of road design has, in the Netherlands, been used to both reduce traffic accidents as well as create a more integrative approach to road-use by allowing regulation to be enforced socially rather than bureaucratically. Although such intersections appear initially to be a chaotic mingling of bicycles, automobiles, and pedestrians, there is organization, proponents say, in informal conventions, legibility, and eye contact.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

    380 E Northwest Highway, Suite 200
    Des Planes, IL  United States  60016-2282
  • Authors:
    • Garrick, N W
  • Publication Date: 2005-8

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01005508
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 1:57PM