Magic roundabouts

Originally uploaded by Juan Freire

Imagine a town or city with no pavements, stop signs, traffic lights or lines in the middle of the road. Sounds like chaos? Maybe not. When such schemes are introduced in tests they can cut traffic accidents by 95%.

The philosophy behind it is called ‘shared space’ and it relies on public courtesy and eye contact to make it work. I came across the latest installment of this story about shared traffic spaces in the Washington Post
(via metafilter). I think this is a lovely idea. one that would cut the speed of motorists, save lives and stop people feeling that they were under so much surveillance and being told what to do all the time, which i think would be good for democracy as a whole.