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Midland Red
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1 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 2:53pm  
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From today's Telegraph: "An elderly man has been run over by a bus in Coventry city centre. Part of the city centre has been closed after a serious accident, which happened at the junction of Corporation St and Burges at about 12.30pm. Police and ambulance crews are on the scene which is where a new road "shared space" lay-out has been created. It appears the victim is an elderly man. Traffic is being diverted and both roads closed There's this junction and the Cox Street/Gosford Street junction as well Read more Discuss, anyone? Oh my
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TonyS
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2 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 4:33pm  
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Won't be long before some councillor shouts "I told you so!"
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Midland Red
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3 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 5:01pm  
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For those who haven't seen it, here's the one at the top of Cox Street Oh my
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TonyS
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4 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 5:48pm  
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Dear me!! This is the first time I've seen this - and it looks horrendous! Surely, with a central section of that type of blockwork, it makes it look as though its a pedetrianised area!! I wouldn't fancy crossing here myself, let alone if I were old(?) - infirm - or disabled. Once again, what were they thinking?
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Midland Red
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5 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 5:59pm  
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Here's another view
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TonyS
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6 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 6:11pm  
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It looks even more confusing from that angle! Sad Surely, the way it is designed encourages people to cross "diagonally" and removes the kerbs as visual clues to "the shortest & safest route" across?
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NeilsYard
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7 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 6:14pm  
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They look terrible! Whats the idea behind them then?
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TonyS
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8 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 6:16pm  
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SHORT VERSION That the road area is a "shared space" - it appears no-one has right of way over any other! For anyone interested, the full article can be found here
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TonyS
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9 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 6:19pm  
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MEDIUM VERSION I've found this (from Google Thumbs up ) and include it here with full acknowledgment to its author; Tim Long Shared Space (SS) is latest traffic calming idea from Europe, but schemes have existed in the UK for 20 years. 4 parts of this discussion: The aim of Shared Space is to tilt traffic priority towards pedestrians to improve walking by reducing kerb height's so it is easier to cross the road, especially for physically impaired (e.g. wheelchairs, prams, heavy shopping / luggage, young and elderly). More people crossing the road slows and calms traffic, encouraging greater pedestrian priority. Lower kerbs are also supported by a Paving contrast; pave footways in paving and carriageways in tarmac, so they look and feel correct.
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NeilsYard
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10 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 6:24pm  
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Wish I hadn't asked Tony Lol
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TonyS
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11 of 38  Tue 10th Jan 2012 6:27pm  
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You know Neil, you are absolutely right - why the heck did I post all that nonsense! I've abbreviated it to make it a "bit" more readable. Thanks for your comment!! Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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12 of 38  Wed 11th Jan 2012 3:28pm  
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In a word - 'Deathtrap" Another way of keeping the population down ! ! ! Sad
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heritage
Bedworth
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13 of 38  Wed 11th Jan 2012 5:25pm  
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Another 'Shared space' accident today, this time by the Sports Centre. Another bus/pedestrian incident. I got side swiped by a bus about eighteen months ago outside the Transport Museum, I was following the so called pavement edge. I was lucky just shook me up, driver never even noticed.
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TonyS
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14 of 38  Wed 11th Jan 2012 6:36pm  
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Where did you hear of this, can't see anything on the Telegraph web-site? Sad
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heritage
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15 of 38  Wed 11th Jan 2012 9:30pm  
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It was reported on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, never wait for the Telegraph.
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