Home Zones: Safe and Active Residential Areas

Background Information:

Home Zones are neighborhood streets made for living – where pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars all share the same safe, well-designed street space. Drivers are given visual cues of neighborhood life to slow down, requiring little or no traffic enforcement. Slower traffic increases the safety of neighborhoods where residents, particularly children, are active and engaged in their environment. Unique design features such as planter boxes, narrow lanes and special entryways encourage cars to slow down and behave as guests in the neighborhood. Home zones are popular in Europe in both existing neighborhoods and in new developments, where they have been shown to reduce speeds, strengthen neighborhood pride, increase the safety of children, and decrease crime.1 They work best when community stakeholders come together to design them.

1 Source: Tilly A., D. Webster and S. Buttress (2005). Pilot Home Zone Schemes: Evaluation of Northmoor, Manchester (TRL 625). Wokingham: Transport Research Laboratory.

Resources:

For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions:
Home Zones FAQs

For more information about creating livable streets:
At Home in the Zone [PDF]

For information about the English version of Home Zones: http://www.homezones.org/concept.html

For more information on the Childstreet 2005 conference:
http://urban.nl/en/project/childstreet-2005

For more information on California Active Communities: www.caactivecommunities.org

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