Turning spaces into better places
Local authorities are championing urban realm and traffic management schemes that make better use of precious urban space. Encouraging walking, cycling, car sharing, smart parking and public transport use liberates road and kerb space for productive public use, helping to boost high street economies, improve public health and create a cleaner environment.
How pilots and trials are selling new ideas
When managing change, one of the biggest hurdles faced by local authorities is engaging with local residents, businesses and stakeholders. The Space & Place seminar looks at temporary and long-term measures that support the consultation process and achieve community buy-in to reclaiming and re-making public spaces.
Minimising investment and political risk by inviting communities to 'join in' with flexible, smaller-scale change
Understanding and defining problems and need
Reimagining how the kerbside is used
Selecting the right solution: taking transport and place-making solutions from ideas to reality
Consultation and communication
How to use an expanding 'space transformation' toolkit
Ways of making spaces into places include redesigning the physical street-scene, altering traffic regulations and rights of access, using permits and pricing mechanisms, as well as education and behavioural change initiatives. There a growing number of tools are available to local authorities, including:
Besides the seminar check out the Street Transformation Zone, which showcases ideas such as Sustrans' street kit, an innovative approach to creating temporary mock-ups so that communities can visualise new street designs and positively influence the design process.