Hans Monderman, father of the Shared Space movement, argued that reducing traffic regulations can improve road safety. Statistics prove him right, but not. proach to traffic engineering. Shared space schemes started in the Nether- Emma Clarke talks to Hans Monderman and to Ben Hamilton Baillie, an urban. Under the label of ‘shared space’, a radically different approach to street design, traffic flow and road .. with the street. The late Hans Monderman’s last scheme.

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He was a long-time advocate of reducing rules and increasing personal responsibility.

Subjectively, residents of Shared Space areas report feeling less safe. Hajs so doing, he initiated a new approach to the creation of civilised streets and public spaces.

In his philosophy was developed into the four-year European Shared Space project. Following the initial reports claiming a success for the Ashford scheme, other UK local councils planned to use a similar approach; these include Southend-on-SeaStainesNewcastle-under-LymeHerefordand Edinburgh.

Throughout most of the 20th century, engineers and planners had assumed that efficient traffic flows and road safety could be achieved only by separating vehicles from civic spaces.

The increased perception of risk was, according to Monderman, essential: Always doubtful about the conventional armoury of signs, speed bumps and chicanes, he began to explore the potential for influencing driver behaviour through stripping out highway paraphernalia, using instead simple design measures that emphasised the distinctiveness of each and every place.

Retrieved 26 April The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation has identified three broad types of street design approach that have been called shared space but which have a number of important differences. There have also been trials in Ipswichwith shared space being a key feature of the design of the new Ravenswood community being built on the site of the former Ipswich Airport. The Dutch Fietsberaad Centre of Expertise on Bicycle Policy has demonstrated ambivalence over shared space schemes, describing some shhared but also some drawbacks for the less assertive cyclist.


Monderman convinced policy-makers, local authorities and residents to make De Kaden qualitatively more pleasant for all road users by taking away traffic lights, minimising the rules, lowering speeds and promoting traffic flow—all at a complicated junction hand which a bus route and motorised whared up to 17, vehicles per day enter the junction from three directions, with cyclists and pedestrians coming from four directions.

His answer was to do away with them.

Monderman found that the traffic efficiency and safety improved when the street and surrounding public space was redesigned to encourage each person to negotiate their movement directly with others. Such schemes are claimed to have had positive effect on road safety, traffic volume, economic vitality, and community cohesion where a user’s behaviour becomes influenced and controlled by natural human interactions rather than by artificial regulation. In OctoberGraz hana a shared space zone around a five-point mnderman known as Sonnenfelsplatz next to the University of Graz with the intention of easing congestion from 4 separate city bus lines and auto, bike and pedestrian traffic as well as reducing the number of accidents.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. New York City Department of Transportation. Such public attention did not always suit such a shated, self-effacing character, but Monderman received visitors with patience and generosity.

Gwynedd Council rebuilt the foreground to Caernarfon Castle. Working in the towns and villages of his native Friesland in the north of the Netherlands, in a traditionally conservative and cautious profession, he succeeded in challenging many long-established assumptions about safety and the relationship between pedestrians and traffic.


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In Savannah, Georgiathe Oglethorpe Plan has been adapted to accommodate pedestrian and vehicular traffic throughout a network of wards, each with a central square. This site uses cookies. Retrieved 14 September Accident figures at one junction where traffic lights were removed have dropped from thirty-six in the four years prior to the introduction of the scheme to two in the two years following it.

Historically, streets within Western city centres were naturally shared spaces. Naked streets is a concept developed by Dutch traffic engineer, Hans Mondermanwho proposed that by creating a greater sense of uncertainty and making it unclear who has right of way on a street, drivers reduce their speed and all street users increase their level of risk compensation.

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March Learn how and when to remove this template message. This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat mondermna Ejby introduced a shared space project in Denmark. Kerbs were removed so that there is no clear physical demarcation between the pavement and the rest of the street.

However, Auckland’s first shared space is Wairepo Swamp Walk, [35] completed mid Retrieved 25 January Retrieved 4 December Parking meters and stopping restrictions are also absent.

In this project, a typical busy access road became a pleasant campus square where buses, bicycles, pedestrians and motorists coexist in harmony.

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