From driving route to shared space

Turning a residential street into a place
Turning a residential street into a place
Photo: © CPRE

Is your street a shared space? Use this checklist to find out.

Is your street a shared space - or still a place that looks and feels as it's just there for people to drive down? Use the table below to help you find out. Go through each row and see which column it falls in. Once you have done that see which column it predominantly fits into.

Shared space table


Road 'just for driving'

Mixed priority

Shared space


A place that feels it is for movement of motor vehicles.

Mixes movement of motor vehicles with other functions

Features such as cafes, markets, seating, planting, public art are more noticeable than the carriageway. In rural areas a lane or greenway.

Tonal contrast

High tonal contrast between vehicle and pedestrian areas, e.g. black tarmac on road.

Low tonal contrast, for example buff surfacing

No tonal contrast or use of patterned surfacing. In rural areas, this can include a rough or even muddy surface.


Little - in rural areas clear, wide gap either side of road


Trees, planters etc where space


Normal kerbs

Reduced height or angled kerbs

No kerbs

Physical segregation

Pedestrian guard rails

None or bollards

No pedestrian guard rails or bollards - though planters etc. may be used to guide path of vehicles

Traffic signs
Typical amount

Limited number of traffic signs, mounted low down and with different signs sharing same place where possible

Traffic signs only at gateways

Road markings and lines

Lines along the side and in particular the centre of the road (on the driver's side of vehicles) can have a psychological effect  as 'go faster stripes'

No lines or just cycle lanes
No lines

Arrangement at junctions

Traffic signals at junctions

Priority junctions with give-way markings, signed mini-roundabout or informal circular feature

No formal priority


Signal controlled crossings, footbridges or overpasses

Zebra crossings or marked informal courtesy crossings

People on foot use whole width of road to cross or walk along

It's also worth thinking about what the function of the street or lane is - does it have many vehicles that are travelling more than a few miles or does it have a predominantly local function, in other words people making short trips or making use of a feature of or on the street itself? The more local it is, the more of a shared space it should be. Have a look in the shaping routes and networks section to find out more about road hierarchies.

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