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Shared Spaces

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on February 4th, 2009

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #94, 20 January 2009, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne. This article originally from The Age written by Debra Mayrhofer, 5/1/09, is an excellent introduction to the topic of “sustainable sharing” – the theme for the upcoming Sustainable Cities Round Table!

“I was waiting at the lights the other day; wondering why we were being held up when there was no opposing traffic. The pedestrians and cyclists beside me gave it up as a bad joke and just ignored the red signal. Finally we got the green light and the impatient motorist on my right screeched off, barely missing an elderly pedestrian whose slow pace had left him in no-man’s-land. There has to be a better way, I thought. And it seems there is. The first step is getting rid of most traffic lights. They diminish road safety, increase congestion, add to environmental pollution and compromise public space. Contrary to the trend of 20th-century planning, which assumed that efficient traffic flows and road safety depended on separating vehicles from the civic spaces, progressive cities around the world – including Bendigo – are removing traffic lights and gratuitous road signs.

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