Comment 94543

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted November 08, 2013 at 11:41:00 in reply to Comment 94542

That an excellent point: much of the signage and traffic control systems is NOT aimed at increasing safety, but allowing higher traffic flow with reasonable safety.

The so-called woonerf streets are an extreme example: no signs, no pavement markings, no distinction between road and sidewalk. They are safe, because they require everyone to take responsibility for their own safety because they can't point to "right of ways". But the speeds are very slow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woonerf

In a way, Hamilton has its own woonerf on George St in Hess Village between Queen and Hess. The street is open to vehicles, as well as pedestrians, with no controls at all times of day so it is not a true pedestrian street.

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