Saw the newly completed redesign of Exhibition Road yesterday for the first time. So RBKC seem to have negotiated their way around the objections from guide dog users, and managed to do it without kerbs after all. (Bit more info here) The result: looks much better than before, for sure. It's a bit unclear whether it's really a "shared space" or not, though. The lack of kerbs certainly makes it feel different, but the tactile paving and drainage grilles still suggest a line that has to be crossed. Not many pedestrians were walking on the "carriageway" part of it. There are (temporary-)looking signs saying that motorists must give way to pedestrians but it's not really clear what this means - does that mean pedestrians can wander at will on the "carriageway" bit? We tried walking on it and got beeped/gestured at by a couple of drivers, one a cab driver. Other drivers just drove around us. Some pedestrians actually told us to get off the carriageway, interestingly. Some people who were just trying to cross from one side to the other got beeped at by speeding cars. There is a 20mph speed limit but a lot of drivers were ignoring it; black cabs definitely being the worst offenders. It's going to be interesting to see how it gets used in the end, once people have got more used to it. Are Brits too brainwashed into car culture to have the confidence as pedestrians to assert their presence on the roadway, or for drivers to behave considerately?