PSFK walks along an urban experiment in neighborhood planning.

On our recent trip to London, PSFK visited the museum district of the city in Kensington to see an experiment in urban planning. Exhibition Road has been re-created so that there are no sidewalks. The idea is that people and traffic share the road. The street is also lined with street furniture and bikes for rent.

While big red signs tell motorists about sharing the road, in reality there’s no distinction between the pedestrian ‘part’ and the roadway for cars. Lamp posts and drainage ducks mark paths for people – which is probably a good thing in terms of safety. The traffic did seem to be a little slower, but we weren’t too sure if this was just due to the novelty of the road surface rather than a respect for the folks dashing across the street. Click through the photos to see more from our visit:

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