As individuals, an industry and a country, we’ve fought hard against COVID-19 and can now (cautiously) enjoy the privileges of being in a country with very few cases of the virus remaining. Can we now step up and fight climate change with the same collective commitment?
Getting sign off to implement a tactical urbanism project often comes down to road safety. While in the transport industry we understand the safety impacts of more traditional projects, tactical urbanism is novel and can bring with it a ‘fear of the unknown’. Key considerations when weighing up the level of road safety risk include:
In our experience, integrating transport expertise into the team at an early stage results in smoother sign-offs and fewer changes later.
While working in the UK a few years ago, I (Courtney Groundwater) was really impressed when Sustrans, a charity focused on making it easier for people to walk and cycle throughout the UK, released their ‘Streetkit’. This is a modular set of interlocking plastic units based on a cycle chain design. Streetkit has been used across the UK for pop-up events including outside schools and re-purposing parking bays.
Ann-Marie Head and Jeanette Ward will be presenting two webinars in the coming weeks for Austroads, on "Creating places people enjoy: Guidance for designing pedestrian-friendly urban spaces".
Two years ago, my (Becky Tuke) car was written off on my way to graduation. While I had previously commuted by bike and bus quite regularly, it took a car crash to convince me that perhaps I could live without a car. I gave it a go for a month and have not looked back since. I have massively reduced my reliance on cars; however I cannot claim to be completely car-free, as I carpool with others sometimes and borrow a car on the odd occasion. Without being forced to try it, I am not sure that I would have committed to giving this a go.