I thought it might be worth talking a bit more about shared space. In the Netherlands [pdf link] there were 804 road toll fatalities in 2004 and 34,181 injuries.
In New Zealand last year there were 423 deaths and 15,730 injuries.
The Netherlands has a population of 16 million people and New Zealand has a population of 4 million. So the Netherlands had a rate of about 50 people per million die on the roads, while New Zealand had a rate of 106 people per million die in our road toll. Likewise the Netherlands injury rate was about 2100 per million, while ours was about 3,900 per million.
Now we can’t attribute that all to shared space transport planning. The Netherlands has significantly higher rates of public transport and active transport use. It also has a different attitude to drugs and alcohol, different road rules and a different culture.
But shared space (the concept that people behave better and safer in traffic when their traffic environment is a shared public space than they do in conventional traffic where travellers are isolated from each other by fences, regulations, signals, signs, road markings, etc) might have something to do with it. Check out this video about a large intersection in the Dutch city of Drachten:
The producer of that video, Shared Space, has others on youtube.