European Towns Remove Traffic Signs to Make Streets Safer | Europe | DW.DE | 27.08.2006

Towns in Germany and the Netherlands are beginning to remove road signs in the hope of decongesting roads and making travel a less confusing experience.

Do they make roads safer or more dangerous?

Imagine what it would be like traveling around towns without street signs. Would people move around carefully, looking out for each other or would chaos break out?

In the Netherlands, transport planner Hans Monderman has pioneered a new method which involves removing traffic signs, lights and in some cases, road markings.

This concept has successfully been tested in the small Dutch town of Drachten, which has had traffic lights removed. Other changes included the installation of a children’s playground in the middle of one of the roads to force drivers to slow down.

via European Towns Remove Traffic Signs to Make Streets Safer | Europe | DW.DE | 27.08.2006.

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