Batavia plans “woonerf" as part of downtown streetscaping
The City of Batavia is undertaking a downtown streetscape project which includes installation of a woonerf on North River Street. A woonerf is a Dutch word used in traffic codes to signify curbless roadways or plazas on which motorized traffic is restricted to a walking pace, such that pedestrians and cyclists share the street with the slow-moving motor vehicles. On woonerfs, equal priority is given to all street users – cars, pedestrians, and cyclists. Techniques of creating shared spaces, traffic calming, and urban design are used to produce the low speeds and, ultimately, to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety, enhance the quality of public space, and create vibrant, social places.