13/09/2007

Look No Road Signs


The town of Bohmte in Germany is getting rid of its road signs in a bid to cut accidents.

Along with it, the sidewalks will disappear, as will the asphalt, replaced by cobblestones. Cycle lanes and sidewalks will be distinguished from the road only by color.

The idea is based on the European Union-supported "Shared Space" (more...) concept of traffic management developed by the Dutch traffic expert Hans Monderman.

According to the concept, 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.

I think this will be a major success because for one people value their lives highly and have an unshakable belief that others are mentally retarded.