In the United Kingdom, similar areas are known as home zones, but do not enjoy similar protection in law. Community involvement is necessary to improve urban liveability and the urban environment via residential street design. This includes shared spaces, traffic calming, speed limit compliance and traffic restraint. This should lead to safer streets, including pedestrian safety and bicycle safety.
The Dutch town of Hesselterbrink is reported to be disillusioned with the way the woonerf principle has become another traffic engineering measure that "entailed precious little more than signs and uniform standards". They have now encompassed the shared space principles in favour of the woonerf. They are reported to "now know that car drivers should become residents. Eye contact and human interaction are more effective means to achieve and maintain attractive and safe areas than signs and rules".
- ↑ Home Zones briefing sheet, Robert Huxford, Proceedings, Institution of Civil Engineers, Transport, 135, 45-46, February, 1999
- ↑ Road Traffic Signs and Regulations in the Netherlands Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat, June 2006 Accessed (Accessed 07/02/2007)
- ↑ Right-of-wayBrian's Guide to Getting Around Germany, Rules of the Road (Accessed 07/02/2007)
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- Salon.com article mentioning woonerfs and a new school of traffic designde:Verkehrsberuhigter Bereich