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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Space for People, Not for Cars by Viveka van de Vliet (Works That Work magazine)

Against this background, he reviewed technologies and practices of street design, and stripped away those he felt insufficient or counterproductive. In West Palm Beach, Floridaremoval of traffic signals and road markings brought monserman into much closer contact with cars.

The stately old court building now looks directly onto the new Fries Museum and, to the left, onto a new row of shops, cafe terraces, and restaurants, and the apartments above them.

hsared In so doing, he initiated a new approach to the creation of civilised streets and public spaces. Shared space is an urban design approach that minimises the segregation between modes of road user. Institution of Civil Engineers. New York City Department of Transportation. In the town of Oosterwolde 10, inhabitantsmondfrman Oost road junction has been converted into a shared space where drivers, cyclists and pedestrians mix together, negotiating right of way by means of informal social rules rather than by defined traffic rules.

The Directorate-General for Public Works is hesitant. University of Virginia Press, He recognised that increasing control and regulation by the state reduced individual and collective responsibility, and he initiated a fresh understanding of the relationship between streets, traffic and civility. Retrieved 19 March The references used may be made clearer with a different or consistent style of citation and footnoting.

Shared space is opposed in particular by organisations representing the interests of blindpartially sighted and deaf people, who often express a preference for the clear separation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

The only road signs here seem to be light poles and the yield signs on the road. Local authorities worry about liability issues and are unwilling to be left with the feeling that they have not done everything possible to make their cities safe.


When people feel that a situation is potentially unsafe, they stay alert, reduce speed and cause fewer accidents. Retrieved from ” https: Kerbs were removed so that there is no clear physical demarcation between the pavement and the rest of the street.

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In Savannah, Georgiathe Oglethorpe Plan has been adapted to accommodate pedestrian and vehicular traffic s;ace a network of wards, each with a central square. He would often test his own schemes by walking backwards into dense traffic, confident that he had created the right circumstances for drivers to adapt to unusual events.

The EU launched a research programme on “shared space” to build on his expertise. In springshared space was introduced in Ashford, Kent. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. As a separate concept, “shared space” normally applies to semi-open spaces on busier roads, and here it is controversial. One of project’s goals was to improve road safety in the town. Numerous towns and cities around the world have hwns schemes with elements based on the shared space principles.

Though much in demand as a pioneering expert in the field for over 25 years, at home Monderman often had the sense mondeeman being seen as eccentric or simply a troublemaker. At the time of his death he was working to establish a research institute to resolve the technical, organisational and political obstacles to a more inclusive and civilised public realm.

Television journalists were encouraged to carry out interviews in the middle of busy intersections while he stood confidently amid passing cars and lorries. Whatever the case, the fact that more places in this country and abroad are developing Shared Space projects is a positive sign.

Naked streets is a concept developed shaared Dutch traffic engineer, Hans Monderman mondwrman, who 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. Hans Monderman, a traffic engineer, or perhaps more aptly, a traffic philosopher, did not believe in hanss laws as we know them.

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 spqce assumptions about safety and the relationship between pedestrians and traffic.


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The route for vehicles along New Road is only suggested through the location of street furniture, such as public seating and street lights. Department for Transport” PDF. Skip to content Hans Monderman. 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.

Most people, but particularly women and older people, found the shared space intimidating and preferred the previous layout with conventional crossings. The Strassenverkehrsgesetz SVG requires that at least one of the participants has a right of way.

This article comes from Works That Work magazine, No. Objectively, statistics show that Shared Space design increases traffic safety.

Makkinga was the first community to introduce the concept of Shared Space inand probably the only place in the world with a total absence of traffic signs, road markings, parking meters and pedestrian crossings. On the vast square in between, cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians can be seen participating as equals in a harmonious urban flow.

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This perception was echoed by your briefing aspirations to us, where many of you identified traffic improvements as important to you. As a result, the Swiss concept of Begegnungszone has become popular.

mknderman It was supervised by Hans Monderman. As the saying goes, a prophet is without honour in his own country. TRL Ltd, January Views Read Edit View history. This leaves little of the quality and the essence of the place you move through; it is then no longer a place where you can slow down, stay, breathe, relax, meet. Archived from the original on A research study has been undertaken by Auckland Transport in conjunction with the University of Auckland to evaluate city centre shared spaces in the Auckland CBD.