shared space concept

Did you know that Hans Monderman (1945-2008) from Friesland designed the concept of ‘shared space’ in traffic safety?

This is based on the theory that drivers pay more attention to their surroudings when they cannot rely on traffic rules.

Since almost all traffic lights, signs and lane markers in the city center of Drachten were removed, accidents dropped from an average of eight to one single accident a year.

Monderman’s designs have been implemented throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Canada and even in car-dominated USA cities like Chicago and San Fransisco.


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