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Shared space
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shared space is an urban design approach which


seeks to minimise the segregation of pedestrians and
vehicles. This is done by removing features such as
kerbs, road surface markings, traffic signs, and
traffic lights. It has been suggested that, by creating
a greater sense of uncertainty and making it unclear
who has priority, drivers will reduce their speed.
This is conducive to a safer environment for both
pedestrians and vehicles. Shared space schemes are
often motivated by a desire to reduce the dominance
of vehicles, vehicle speeds, and road casualty rates.
New look of the Exhibition Road, Kensington, London

Shared space design can take many different forms


depending on the level of demarcation and
segregation between different transportation modes. Variations of shared space are often used in urban settings,
especially those that have been made nearly car-free ("autoluwe"), and as part of living streets within residential
areas. As a separate concept, "shared space" normally applies to semi-open spaces on busier roads, and here it is
controversial.
Shared space is opposed in particular by organisations representing the interests of blind, partially sighted and
deaf people, who often express a preference for the clear separation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Contents
1 History
2 Philosophy and support
3 Criticism
3.1 Nearly car free
4 Examples
4.1 Australia
4.2 Austria
4.3 Denmark
4.4 Germany
4.5 Netherlands
4.6 New Zealand
4.7 Sweden
4.8 Switzerland
4.9 United Kingdom
4.10 United States
5 See also
6 References
7 External links

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