Shared space: noun or adjective?

The author believed the confusion of terminology regarding the concept of "shared space" and the notion of a "shared surface" has the potential to have a detrimental effect on street design. He was keen to achieve consensus among relevant providers and users represented by organisations such the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association regarding the meaning of these two aspects of street design. "Shared space" is deemed to be a technical term used in the context of street design; it is broadly descriptive and can be seen as an adjective for streets where the available space is shared equitably between the street's different users and uses. Phrases like "shared surface", or "naked street" or "mixed priority route" imply something more specific and can be seen as nouns. While each might be a form of "shared space", they don't define it. The author believes it is important to achieve shared space in street design. Consequently designers, providers and users must agree on the terminology in order to work out exactly what needs to be achieved and then work out how best to deliver it in the world of street design.


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  • Accession Number: 01146961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:32AM