Darby Street Shared Space


The Darby Street shared space is an exciting first for Auckland, and the nearby Elliott Street shared space is scheduled to open in late 2011 along with similar areas in the Fort Street area and Lorne Street.

A major characteristic of a street designed to this philosophy is the absence of traditional road markings, signs, traffic signals and the distinction between road and pavement. User behaviour becomes influenced and controlled by natural human interactions rather than by artificial regulation.

Urban planners have long been grappling with the conflict between vehicle and pedestrian but their segregation, which drove the creation of raised roadways, underground car parks and pedestrian shopping centres in the 1960s, has given way more recently to the concept of “shared spaces”.

The “Shared Space” road is a throw back concept in which pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles are equals in using a road space.

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