This Canadian town has a different approach to Fishergate style shared space

Posted on - 13th September, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport
The signs in Bear Street, Banff

The signs in Bear Street, Banff

Preston’s ‘shared space’ down Fishergate could learn a thing or two from Canada.


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.

How Fishergate looked before, and how it looks now

How Fishergate looked before, and how it looks now

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.”

What do you think of the Fishergate layout? Do we need signs like this? Let us know in the comments below

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