Jean Batten Shared Space

| August 21, 2011

Jean Batten Place is another shared space located in the commercial heart of Auckland City and provides a thoroughfare between Shortland and Fort Street.

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

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”.

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