No light district

Spiegel Online reports that the German town of Bohmte is following the example of Drachten in the Netherlands by dismantling its traffic lights and signs. Moreover, the town is also getting rid of sidewalks, cobblestones will replace asphalt, and cycle and walking lanes will be distinguished from the car lanes only by color. The man inspiring these changes is the Dutch traffic expert Hans Monderman. His concept of traffic management is

road users have to negotiate their behavior with each other, rather than have it prescribed by rules — the idea being that people will pay more attention to what other road users are doing and hence cause fewer accidents.

Indeed, in Drachten, traffic accidents have reportedly declined dramatically since the implementation of Monderman’s ideas.


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