Town gets rid of stoplights and sidewalks in order to increase traffic safety

In a move that flies in the face of traditional wisdom regarding traffic control, the little English town of Poynton has gotten rid of traffic lights and sidewalks and has reverted to a style of urban design known as shared space. The new strategy is to manage traffic similarly to how it was managed a hundred years ago, which is to say, very little…

The basic theory is that shared space reduces accidents because it changes how everyone behaves in settings where pedestrians and vehicles have to interact. You can read more about Poynton’s move to shared space and see a longer documentary about the experiment at The Atlantic.

(via Kottke)