Last year two members of the Cycling Campaign visited an example of Shared Space in Drachten, Netherlands. You can see our original post and video here.
Since that visit, the Space’s designers have posted an assessment of its impact on YouTube. Here it is. Some highlights stand out, when considering its implications for Darlington:
*It is a roundabout where 22,000 vehicles daily pass by. I wonder how these numbers compare with, say, the Victoia Road/Grange Road roundabout, where a solution for a cycle crossing is yet to be implemented?
*We have no queues anymore.
*The interaction around the roundabout – meeting each other, greeting each other. This refers to how car drivers and cyclists relate on the roundabout. Imagine!!!