Home zones go downtown

The Evolution of Shared Spaces in Switzerland
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In Switzerland, so called zones of encounter (Begegnungszonen), represent the newest concept, where cars, bicycles and pedestrians share the same space, with pedestrians enjoying priority rights. This setup may be used to create new urban spaces, so solve complicated traffic problems, and to create a public space open to traffic, and having qualities of an indoor space. The case in point, Bleicheli area in the city of St. Gallen is highlighted because it shows how artist intervention can enhance the meaning of a pedestrian priority zone and create a totally new type of public space using modern material.
Christian Thomas
International Federation of Pedestrians
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