Home Zone concept, called woonerf, was pioneered
in the 1970s in the Netherlands, since then many
countries have successfully transferred the core
concepts and created their own safe areas.
Zones are an attempt to strike a balance between
vehicular traffic and everyone else who uses the
street, the pedestrians, cyclists, business people
see Home Zones as a way of "reclaiming" local
streets from a traditional domination by cars.
Others see it more modestly as a way of trying
to restore the safety and peace in neighbourhoods
that are becoming overwhelmed with speeding traffic.
Zones work through the physical alteration of
streets and roads in an area. These alterations
force motorists to drive with greater care and
at lower speeds. Many countries support this with
legislation allowing the Home Zones to enforce
a reduced speed limit of 10 miles an hour. The
benches, flower beds, play areas, lamp posts,
fences and trees used to alter the streets and
roads offer many additional community benefits
to the Home Zones and are considered to enhance
the beauty of an area and increase the housing