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Viewpoint: Issue 585 2 Dec 2011

The DfT’s shared space guidance is based on flawed research and political spin

Steve Melia, University of the West of England

“Modal shift to walking and cycling, improvements to public health, enhancing social capital and the economic vitality of places”. All these claims, and more, have been made for shared space. So strong is the belief in this country that shared space is good for pedestrians that Manual for Streets 2 recommends it as “more desirable” to pedestrianisation in some contexts. But are these claims justified?

The recently published Shared Space Local Transport Note (LTN 1/11)...

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2 Dec 2011

The above article draws on an academic study, Moody and Melia (2011) which is available on: