Recent Streetsblog NYC posts about Shared Space

First-Ever “Shared Streets” Brings Stress-Free Streets to Financial District

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DOT’s first-ever “Shared Streets” event limited car traffic entering a 60-block section of the Financial District for five hours on Saturday. With the neighborhood free of the near-constant stream of cars passing through on a typical day, pedestrians and cyclists were free to navigate the streets without fear. Drivers who entered the area between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. faced barriers at streets along the edge of […]
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Study: “Shared Space” Slows Drivers While Letting Traffic Move Efficiently

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The idea behind “shared space” street design is that less can be more. By ditching signage, traffic lights, and the grade separation between sidewalk and roadbed, the shared space approach calms traffic and heightens communication between drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Instead of following traffic signals on auto-pilot or speeding up to beat the light, motorists have to pay attention […]