Road layout technical description?

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Road layout technical description?

Postby seank » 10 Sep 2012, 9:49am

Googled with out success to try and find the name/description of the situation where the road and pavement are at the same level as used in heavily shared low speed areas, as seen in Holland?

Any links would be useful for discussion of this layout with ref to lowering traffic speeds. As I understand it this layout and the general lessening of controls and signage tend to make drivers take more notice as they have to 'think' rather than blindly follow the controlled environment?

(this is with ref to a university campus layout)

cheers, Sean

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Re: Road layout technical description?

Postby Richard Mann » 10 Sep 2012, 9:54am

Shared surface (as distinct from shared space, which implies common paving across the whole surface).

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Re: Road layout technical description?

Postby Vorpal » 10 Sep 2012, 10:12am

If you are in need of further information, the Manual for Streets and associated guidance are also useful in these sorts of discussions.

Both are linked here: ... streets-2/
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Re: Road layout technical description?

Postby Geriatrix » 10 Sep 2012, 10:29am

The shared space concept has been trailed in Kensington high street. You may find more info if you google "naked streets".
Proponents/evangelists include hamilton-baillie ( , Prof. John Adams (better known for risk compensation), and Martin Cassini (film producer).
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Re: Road layout technical description?

Postby NUKe » 10 Sep 2012, 10:50am

Felixstowe Town centre has a shared space ... /?ID=25348
It has both its apponents and its supporters, both among the general public and the Shop keepers. I fall into the second camp mainly because its very cycle freindly with a lot of cycle parking

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Re: Road layout technical description?

Postby sarahinaberdeen » 14 Sep 2012, 9:32pm

The Dutch word is woonerf, though I think it usually means a space were pedestrians and bikes are given priority; shared space may be a more appropriate/accurate description, depending on the circumstances.

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