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Shared Streets is an evidence-based planning strategy for sustainable mobility.
This tactic seeks to change the way that people use streets, in order to share it between different modes of transport, prioritizing people safety and comfort over cars.
Location Santiago, Chile; Danlí, Comayagua, Honduras; Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Organisation Ciudad Emergente NGO Beneficiary Children & local community
Scale of catchment Neighbourhood and City
Built environment component Streets; open spaces
INTERVENTION DESIGN LEARNINGS
Painting streets and sidewalks, installing traffic signs and introducing creative "placemaking" elements can provide people a new way of experiencing street (e.g. painting experimental bike lane, widening sidewalks and reducing car lanes and transforming parts of the street to 100% pedestrian areas).
Light materials and temporary designs were used to activate spaces in the short term, with a reduced budget.
Different measuring tools such as Smartcitizen sensors, idea trees, bicycle traffic counters are used to measure the impact of shared streets.
The process involves a preliminary diagnosis to identify the main problems and needs. The design and implementation processes consider the participation of citizens and the main local decision-makers. Early engagement aiming to generate trust and commitment from all stakeholders, and also enriching the co-design and co-development of these interventions.
Selection criteria include highly congested streets and roads where the spaces between cars, pedestrians and other modes of mobility are unevenly distributed. Shared street can be adapted to different city scales.
Shared Street is a powerful method to promote people shift from passive actors to active agents of change. People feel more enabled to generate a change in their mobility preferences after experimenting this approach. Also, people are more willing to share the street, as long as the conditions and alternative to mobilize quickly, comfortably and safely exist. Finally, Shared Streets experiment proves to be an effective strategy for generating low carbon districts.