Home Zones are protected ultra-low-speed zones in residential and commercial areas where walking, biking, playing, socializing and green space have priority. Home Zones are an established traffic control designation in Europe, with specific speed restrictions and heightened penalties for violations. Home Zones can be created with signs alone, although Home Zones are most commonly used in combination with traffic-calming design. Home Zones blur the distinctions between streets and parks without prohibiting local motor vehicle access.
The term originated in England where street calming experiments were installed in some residential areas. Using a combination of street-scaping (adding physical features to the space), changing the routing of car traffic, and adding signage and colors, designers were able to lower automobile traffic speeds and make the space safer for residents.