How can sharing a space with vehicles and cyclists be safe if you can't see what's coming?

Shared space or shared surfaces is a new concept in urban street design in which street signs, road marking and pavements are eliminated in favour of a space which is shared by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
It is claimed that the heightened perceived risk of the shared surface means car drivers will drive more cautiously, considerately and more slowly. But no kerbs, no safe crossing points and a reliance on eye contact means high streets across the UK are becoming no go zones for blind and partially sighted people.
The briefings focus on England but even if you're based in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, we hope they're useful. You can contact you local campaigns team for more information.

All the facts (and what we think of them!)

We've put together all the relevant facts we could find on shared spaces and the law.
Quick wins for Local Authorities Shared Space.doc (Word, 192.5 KB)

How to start a local campaign

Having a problem with a shared space being put in in your local area? You can download our guide to starting a campaign. The Guide contains all the relevant knowledge and a few ideas to get you started in your campaign.
What can I do about... shared space (Word, 190KB)

Template letter

If you're having a problem in your area with a shared space, you'll probably want to raise the matter with the local authority. feel free to use our template letter to do so, just remember to change it to fit your circumstances...
Shared space template letter (Word, 34 KB) 

Further information

For more information about what's going on in your local area or the contact details of your local member of the Campaigns team check out our regional pages.

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