The Swiss Encounter Zones are designed to be calm, friendly and have low traffic speeds. This enables pedestrians and traffic to safely share areas. Such areas have been successful in reducing accidents, increasing commerce and improving town centres.
Pedestrian Priority Zones could be designed safely for British streets, where traders need deliveries, transport modes meet and pedestrians have freedom of movement. Town centres can feel as safe as Home Zones while still functioning as a thriving civic hub.
Successful implementation of shared space or shared surfaces in towns requires many user needs to be considered and balanced. These considerations are fully explored on the Professional Certificate course: Design & Management of the Public Realm.