Haren Shared Space

Haren Shared Space
Hans Monderman, inventor of the Shared Space concept, gave this Shared Space his personal blessing. Can you see much sharing going on here? Does it look like the sort of place you would like to ride a bike, or cross by foot from one side to the other? No? Well the locals in Haren in the Netherlands complained they were unable to cross the road, and a formal zebra crossing had to be installed near this point. That means that technically this is no longer a Shared Space, but a road, and for cycling it suffers from the same problems as any other busy road. Before the Shared Space was built, this road had a protected cycleway on each side. Never asked for a Shared Space if you want a good environment for walking and cycling.

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