These are some examples of attractive street furniture arranged properly, including some examples that illustrate the Shared Space approach.
Note how neat this is, how quiet, and restful, and how few signs are being used – even though this is a very busy area.
Note, neat, simple, quiet bin attached to a pole. Not in the middle of the pavement. Note how easy it is to see this very attractive plant display, which is also not in the way.
All of this can be done with a lot of very busy bus routes, with many, many buses an hour, note!
And a little PowerPoint we made, to compare with Acocks Green: From Acocks Green to Kensington – Powerpoint Presentation
And … Kings Heath High Street, Birmingham – a sister suburb of roughly the same vintage of Acock Green, about three miles away.
Kings Heath does not have Shared Space. Essentially it has an ordinary good, old fashioned suburban high street. However, we thought the comparison with Acocks Gree was interesting. There are lots of cars here. There are no barriers. There are also plenty of buses. We point this out because one Acocks Green councillor has a theory that we need barriers in Acocks Green because of our buses. We saw no cars on the pavements either. We point this out because another fear that is sometimes voiced is that if we remove barriers in Acocks Green people will park on the pavement. Instead, apart from hanging baskets there are also lots of big wooden boxes of flowers (often quite attractively painted in different shades of green) on the edge of the pavement. Some of these incorporate notices telling us what is going on in Kings Heath, which we thought was a nice, friendly, touch.