Runyu’s blog on commercial shared streets, illustrates how important their role is in day to day life. The mention of street hierarchy shows how primary streets are at the forefront of a city, such as Northumberland St, Newcastle. Additionally, during different periods of the day, those same streets can become lifeless and empty as they are not any shops open till late. This is important, as symbolic streets need a range of activities, even during late at night to keep a place active with movement and opportunities (Castells, 2011).
Street safety is another key factor Runyu picks up on, as lowering vehicle speeds, decreases the amount of accidents. Although, on shared streets not all vehicles are allowed, as Blackett St in Newcastle only has public transport, cabs and emergency vehicles to minimise congestion.
Public transport on Blackett St –(1)
Street Safety also needs to take into account adaptability for all types of people, making it safe for anyone to use them (Jacobs, 2011). As Runyu mentions people who are visually impaired have expressed concern that some streets are not designed with them in mind. On the other hand, the use of bumps at crossing points help guide people using sticks. Plus, the material of the surface identify what space they are in, helping to tell the difference between a stone pavement and a tarmac road.
Material change and bumps to aid navigation for the blind – (2)
Castells, M. (2011) Space of flows, space of places, in LeGates, R., & Stout, F., ed., The city reader (5th ed.). Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, pp.572-582.
Jacobs, J. (2011) The use of sidewalks: safety, in LeGates, R., & Stout, F., ed., The city reader (5th ed.). Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, pp.105-109.