Posted on: July 13, 2020 at 1:57 PM    

One of Tactical Urbanism’s many taglines is “short term action for long term change”, which is also the name of Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia’s 2015 book, well worth a read for those interested in this subject. 

In order to drive long-term change, it is critical that we monitor the before and after status of our projects. This enables communication of the improvements back to our community. While numbers are an important part of monitoring, our considerations need to extend beyond this.

Monitoring could include: 

  • footfall and pedestrian types (ability/devices, age) 
  • cyclist numbers and types (age, gender, plain clothes vs lycra) 
  • pedestrian crossing and movement behaviours and locations – has the safety of behaviours improved or changed? 
  • vehicle turning movements, volumes and speeds 
  • vehicle manoeuvres – has the safety of behaviours improved? 
  • community and business perceptions  

Some of the above are easily recorded by anyone with the correct form, while others may require an experienced Transport Engineer to observe, e.g. safety behaviours. It is also important to remember to monitor behaviour and use at different times of day. 

A recent Austroads training webinar on Measuring Pedestrians provided advice on types of surveys and different technologies available.   

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