The zonal scene, which includes area initiatives for health action and education, is to be is to be broadened with Home Zones. The concept was originally promoted in the UK by the Children’s Play Council. Home Zones have been widely adopted in Holland (under the name ‘woonerf’) and also in Germany, Austria and Denmark. The key features of continental Home Zones are very low speeds – well below 20mph; signing, traffic calming, seating and other street furniture, and support from residents.
A three year intensive study of Home Zones has been launched. Plans are underway to identify six potential projects by the end of July out of a total of 32 areas around the country which expressed an interest.
No additional funding is available for these schemes. Local authorities are expected to fund them from the Local Transport Plan allocation and other sources they identify.