Friday, October 05, 2007

Get Naked!

Naked streets that is, from the CBC:
Right now, speed limits, red lights and clearly marked and separated areas for cars and pedestrians are the norm in cities all over the world. But that thinking is "all wrong" according to Dutch traffic engineer Hans Monderman, who says it is much safer to build what he calls "naked streets."

"We removed anything referring to the traffic, made it just a square and please find your own way. This is the middle of the city. This is social space, and in social space we don't want to interfere as government," he said.

For some reason this appeals to me on an almost intuitive level. I suspect that many drivers treat signs and lights as a challenge. I hope Toronto gives this a try somewhere in the city core.

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