A European experiment that removed traffic signs to improve pedestrian safety has spread to Australia.
"Rip down the traffic signs, throw them out and erase the road markings - it doesn't seem the logical way to improve road safety.
But Bendigo City Council, in Victoria, has decided to do just that, and follow a revolutionary overseas trend in urban design that planners say saves lives, improves health and creates better communities.
The council will today unveil a $16 million makeover of its city centre, coined "naked streets" by commentators. It will radically alter the city centre by narrowing spaces for cars and returning the town's wide streets to walkers and cyclists.
Under the scheme, all "visual signals" that streets are for cars first and walkers second will go. Footpaths will be dramatically expanded and filled with street furniture and public art.
Kerbs will be eliminated and replaced with paving to mark where cars can drive and park.
The idea was dreamed up by the Dutch urban designer Hans Monderman in the 1970s, and has slowly gained acceptance in Europe, Britain and the US."