One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural woonerfs, Plural woonerven
A road in which devices for reducing or slowing the flow of traffic have been installed.
- ‘Residential streets would be developed on the Dutch woonerf concept as part of the living space for local residents and children-and only secondarily serve as roadways for local access, temporary parking, and emergency vehicles.’
- ‘In 1998, the British government adopted a ‘Home Zones’ initiative - the woonerf equivalent - as part of its national transportation policy.’
- ‘The first set of minimum design standards and traffic regulations for the woonerf was adopted and legalized by the Dutch government in 1976.’
- ‘Baker's article mentioned that the UK government had adopted a similar strategy, setting up ‘Home Zone’ pilot projects to apply woonerf principles.’
1970s: from Dutch, from wonen ‘reside’ + erf ‘premises, ground’.
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