Tag Archives: Ben Hamilton-Baillie

The goons (the unfunny ones)

I diverge on only one point with street designer, Ben Hamilton-Baillie. He thinks street redesign alone can bring about the desired behaviour change from hostility to civility, or danger to safety. I’ve always thought it should be preceded by, or … Continue reading

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Ratso Cassini

29.12.15 A driver honked at me from behind as I walked diagonally across Tesco car park in Barnstaple. “Where are your manners?” I asked. “Why weren’t you looking where you were going?” he yelled. I struck him dumb with a … Continue reading

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PS to previous post

So the One Show item was inadequate and the studio comments biased (through lack of information). The negative storm being kicked up by the blind lobby doesn’t mean shared space is wrong. It reveals the power of the delusion which … Continue reading

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A Common Sense of Place

6′ video commissioned by the Isle of Man Department of Infrastructure featuring Ben Hamilton-Baillie can be seen here.

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Low-speed environments

Ben Hamilton-Baillie, who coined the term “shared space”, now prefers the term “low-speed environments”, partly because it avoids the confusion that arises between “shared space” and “shared surfaces”. While shared surfaces imply no pavement or kerbs, shared space retains the distinction … Continue reading

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ICE on Poynton

Good piece about Poynton by the Institution of Civil Engineers here.

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Social protocol trumps regulation

In his column in today’s Guardian, Oliver Burkeman discusses “norm violations”, e.g. queue jumping. It helps explain why on the roads, equality and self-control are safer and more efficient than priority and signal control. As I often say, you’d cause a … Continue reading

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US article about Poynton

Thanks to Ian Walker for bringing this article by Sarah Goodyear to my attention. Judging by many of the comments, a lot of people still don’t get it. The phrase “shared space” has a life of its own. Equality Streets … Continue reading

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Breakthrough scheme

The little town of Poynton in Cheshire puts to shame cities  such as London, Brighton, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge by introducing the UK’s most innovative traffic scheme to date, proving that equality expressed through design can tame, decongest and render safe the … Continue reading

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The point about Poynton

Last week I finished a draft edit of a film about Poynton, a community thriving again after liberation from decades of oppressive traffic engineering. More material needs to be shot, so it’s still a couple of months away from publication, but … Continue reading

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