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Vedapuram is about quality of work, it’s about good specs, excellent amenities, clubhouse, gate plaza, etc….
But Vedapuram is much more than that.
For the first time in India we view streets not merely as a mode of moving cars and pedestrians from point A to point B, but as residential area (Woonerf, in dutch, means residential), an area where we reside.
Vedapuram is the first to introduce the Woonerf concept to India.
Woonerf is the Dutch name for a "living street" in which the needs of car drivers are secondary to the needs of users of the street as a whole. It is a "shared space" designed to be used by pedestrians, playing children, bicyclists, and low-speed motor vehicles, becoming a public place for people instead of single-purpose conduits for automobiles. In a Woonerf, vehicles may not impede pedestrians, who in turn may not unreasonably hinder the progress of drivers.
For much of the twentieth century, streets were designed to ensure traffic flow, but it has become apparent that streets have many social and recreational functions which are severely impaired by fast car traffic. The Woonerf is designed for all the functions of streets.
These streets are often at the same grade as curbs and sidewalks. Cars are limited to a speed that does not disrupt other uses of the streets (usually defined to be pedestrian speed). To make this lower speed natural, the street is normally set up so that a car cannot drive in a straight line for significant distances, for example by placing planters at the edge of the street, alternating the side of the street the parking is on, or curving the street itself.
Blurring the boundary between street and sidewalk, woonerfs combine innovative paving, landscaping and other urban designs to allow for the integration of multiple functions in a single street, so that pedestrians, cyclists and children playing share the road with slow-moving cars.
This innovative approach to residential space has already seen great success throughout the world. The Netherlands, in which the Woonerf concept was created, has over 6000 Woonerfs.
Woonerfs are known as home zones in England, where they have grown in popularity as a device to make streets safer. Studies of home zones have shown they can reduce crime and encourage children to play in the street. Germany has also employed the woonerf concept in several cities and towns. Nowadays Woonerfs can be found also outside of Europe, in places such as US, Japan and Israel. In other countries Woonerfs are sometimes called ‘Shared Space Zone’.
Studies had shown the traffic speed in areas where Woonerf were implemented fell by 12-18 kph.
Statistics have proven that Woonerfs reduce crime rate and encourage children to play in the street.
In the US, properties in Woonerf areas are valued more than 30% higher than properties in “usual” streets.
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