Category Archives: Shared Space

Removing isn’t always better – the problem with the ‘shared space’ term

John Dales’ recent column for TransportXtra argued that the term ‘shared space’ should be quietly phased out. In fact he doesn’t even use the words in the article, replacing them with Sh… ! … the use of the term Sh… … Continue reading

Posted in Bath, Infrastructure, Oxford, Shared Space, The Netherlands, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Blindness to motor traffic

An essential component of whether a road or a street is a pleasant place is the amount of motor traffic travelling down it. It isn’t the only component, of course, but it’s going to be a struggle to make somewhere that … Continue reading

Posted in access roads, Shared Space, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 16 Comments

In the way

What is it about cycling in front of motor vehicles that makes for an unpleasant experience? This is a pertinent question in the light of a number of related issues – principally, how we should go about designing for cycling … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Shared Space, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 23 Comments

Sharing and caring

The website The American Conservative has published a deeply, deeply confused piece about road design, apparently inspired by the announcement the cycle ‘Superhighways’ in London will be going ahead. The tone is set in the opening paragraphs.  Jacobs eventually prevailed, protecting … Continue reading

Posted in Shared Space | 18 Comments

A ‘shared space’ vision

Last year I wrote about how Ben Hamilton-Baillie – one of the foremost proponents of the ‘shared space’ philosophy – does not appear to be all that concerned about addressing motor traffic in urban areas. His designs are mere rearrangements … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Shared Space | 14 Comments

Placefaking

There’s a section early in the newly-released London Cycle Design Standards about ‘responding to context’ – the types of cycle infrastructure that should be expected on a variety of streets and roads, according to the movement or place (or both) … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, placemaking, Shared Space, The Netherlands, Town planning | 30 Comments

Ben Hamilton-Baillie and motor traffic

Last night I attended a talk given by Ben Hamilton-Baillie in Eastbourne. I didn’t really learn very much, because the talk was very similar to the ‘stock’ talk he has presumably given on numerous occasions before – the one you … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Infrastructure, Shared Space, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Town planning, Transport policy, Uncategorized | 30 Comments

What is ‘clutter’?

Eric Pickles was in the news again yesterday with his fourth pronouncement – within a matter of weeks – on car parking. It comes ahead of some new Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) guidance that will, apparently, aim … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Bollards, Car dependence, Eric Pickles, Horsham, Infrastructure, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Permeability, Shared Space | 22 Comments

Compare and contrast

Exhibition Road – Exhibition Road – The top picture is taken from this flyer, advertising a talk given by Ben Hamilton-Baillie, entitled New Directions in Street Design, Safety and Movement. It was taken in early August last year, when the street was closed to … Continue reading

Posted in Shared Space, Street closures | 5 Comments

Shared space and driver behaviour

One of the more interesting claims made for ‘shared space’ road designs is that they will serve to improve driver behaviour, by making those sitting behind the wheels of motor cars think for themselves, and to respond to stimuli, rather … Continue reading

Posted in Shared Space, Subjective safety | 28 Comments