The town of Poyton, England took a counterintuitive approach to making their streets and intersections safer for pedestrians and cars alike: they removed traffic signals, curbs, and crosswalks.
The street designers behind this transformation point out that it’s actually a return to the way city roadways were traditionally structured until about 50 or 60 years ago. And it’s resulted in a safer, less-congested space for cars and pedestrians alike.
If you’re as fascinated by this transformation of space as I am, you can take a more detailed look at the design process in the 20-minute video Poyton Regenerated.
Hat tip to Kottke.