In what may seem to be a counterintuitive approach to improving pedestrian safety, the Bendigo City Council, in Victoria, Australia, has decided to remove traffic signs to return its streets to pedestrians. The concept, pioneered by some European communities, is believed to create a safer environment more conducive to use by pedestrians and bicyclists.
The council will today unveil a $16 million makeover of its city centre, coined “naked streets” by commentators. It will radically alter the city centre by narrowing spaces for cars and returning the town’s wide streets to walkers and cyclists.
Under the scheme, all “visual signals” that streets are for cars first and walkers second will go. Footpaths will be dramatically expanded and filled with street furniture and public art.
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