Now! I may be sounding like I am out of my mind. When I read this http://simpson.mine.nu/2008/07/verkeersbordvrij-unsafe-is-safe/, (I have a hard copy if you want), I also thought this author must be nuts. But I googled verkeersbordvrij and found quite a few posting on this kind of traffic management e.g. http://journal.plasticmind.com/world/verkeersbordvrij-europes-great-traffic-experiment/.
Basically, what this system does is to do away with all rules and regulations for driving. The only requirement for the road users is to yield to traffic from right. Rather than law keepers trying to enforce order, road users are given the responsibility to maintain order and ensure they prevent accidents.
The rationale being, not only do rules and regulations drive road users craxy, they tend to make road users do max allowed by rules. So if the speed limit is 50, they will do 50 but not worry that conditions warrant a slower speed - because as per law, I can do 50. Replace rules with standards and people behave in a radically different way.In a way I will say this is like the dominant vehicle law. Do what you like, just ensure cyclists are safe on the roads.
From cyclists perspective, the experiment is shown to have improved safety for cyclists and pedestrians and there is a move to adopt this system in the rest of Europe.
Interesting! But the second link from Plasticmind has a disclaimer this will work only if people are being curteous to one another. So New Zealand, with a lot of rude motorists may have to be careful with this. On the other hand, it could be that when road users are given responsibility to keep each other safe, they will automatically start being curteous. Remember say 30 years ago when there were less rules and regulations? Road users were more curteous than they are today. So, there may be a valid point being made here by Mikhail Bakunin. Poor guy was banished to Siberia for suggesting this.
Something to ponder over and deliberate as a CAN topic.