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New Lane Marks
Curtin's First ‘Shared Space’

May 26, 2016

Our aim is to make Curtin a greater place. One of the ways we're doing this is by making our streets people friendly. In key areas, new buildings with street active frontages will make for a lively urban community.

Andy Sharp
Director Properties, Facilities and Development

Over the coming month, we will see a new lane open at the northern end of Curtin campus. Long-term, this lane (lovingly known as 'Road 3') will run between the newly established boulevard and Brand Drive (as shown below). At this stage, you may be familiar with it as the road you cross between Wesfarmers Court and Building 410.

This area will be unique in that it is comprised of a dedicated 'shared space' which essentially indicates that whilst vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians are all welcome; people traveling on foot have priority. For this reason, the area will be walking pace: 5km/h.

The lane will be a vibrant community area - safe and functional, regardless of how you're travelling.

Shared spaces are emerging increasingly across the globe, governed by the philosophy that by removing some of the constraints that we're used to seeing on our roads, we encourage people traveling by different modes to make eye contact, wave, smile and navigate spaces together – a true reflection of community.

Councillor Daniel Moylan, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea eloquently describes the shared space concept. “Removing such restraints is as much a statement of confidence in human skills and intelligence as about creating simple, elegant streets.”

Whilst the Curtin Pedestrian Core remains in place, this lane marks the first of several campus roads that will be delivered as part of Curtin's future shared space infrastructure.

Andy Sharp, Director Properties, Facilities and Development comments:
“We are on track to deliver a number of new streets with pedestrian and cyclist friendly features. Our plans are for pedestrian priority zones within the street network where people and cyclists have priority over vehicles.
Drivers will be restricted to very slow speeds (5km/h) over paved areas in which our community will be able to walk or cycle freely whilst cars and other vehicles will be required to yield and give way to people. This is crucial in order to facilitate safe, social spaces where people want to spend time.”

“As we develop a greater Curtin, we continue to think differently about our spaces and places – and that means asking our community, particularly our drivers, to also behave differently and look out for each other.”