People Before Cars: 20 More Pedestrian Priority Streets
Seoul is continuing with the implementation of the Pedestrian Priority Street project, which has been carried out since 2013. This year, 20 more streets will be designated as part of the PPS, expanding the project into 43 streets in total by October 2016.
The Pedestrian Priority Street project is designed to create a city with safe and agreeable pedestrian spaces and to create streets, including side streets, where pedestrians’ safety and convenience are top priorities. It first covers streets with 10m-width or less, where sidewalks and roads are not separated.
In PPS, in spaces where pedestrians and cars are melding together pedestrians’ safety and convenience should be considered the top priority. Therefore, a variety of methods are applied to reduce speeding, resulting in the recognition of pedestrian-oriented spaces.
First, the stamp pavement method is being applied instead of the asphalt pavement, so that the spaces can be recognized as pedestrian spaces. Road signs indicate the road, curbs, and crash barriers that physically divide sidewalks and roads in order to create an environment where cars are consistently conscious of pedestrians, inducing the cars to drive slowly.
Also, when required, the speed is limited in areas where materials are left unattended on roadsides. Illegal parking and stopping are also being monitored and prevented. 4 PPSs around schools will be focused on lowering car speeds using curves in order to minimize risks caused by vehicles when students come and go from school.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government will improve effectiveness of the project by having residents’ associations of the 20 PPSs participate in the entire process.