Risk compensation, shared space and unstable evolutionary strategies

This post probably doesn’t quite work, but at At War With The Motorist I continue the thread on shared space by considering the mechanism by which it works: risk compensation — the idea that when traffic management is ripped out, road users will perceive the road to be more risky and adjust their behaviour accordingly.  Ignoring the first rule of analogies — that they must refer to something that is easier to understand and more everyday than the complex or specialist phenomenon one is attempting to explain — I use evolutionary strategies to explain why shared space might destroy its own effectiveness by becoming more common.  Read it here.

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