Preston’s ‘shared space’ down Fishergate could learn a thing or two from Canada.Advertisement
Bear Street in Banff has become a shared space and the council there have taken a different approach.
Large signs have been put up along the street explaining how it is now Woonerff. This Dutch word describes a shared street.
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Preston’s new layout along Fishergate has been confusing drivers – with the bollard at the end constantly taking a pounding from drivers not spotting it.
There’s also been questions about how has right of way.
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The signs, spotted by Prestonian Lorna Fraser while visiting the town in the state of Alberta, she says could help explain the recent changes.
It explains ‘It’s a Dutch word used to describe a shared street. On this stretch of road in Banff, pedestrians, cars and cyclists all shared the road. Cars drive at a very slow speed, pedestrians have right of way and cyclists travel through at a leisurely pace.”
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