Friday, 19 September 2014

Top Tips for Urban Walkers

Look up. Whilst there’s a lot going on down in the street, there are things up above your head that you might not have spotted. For some examples, see the Brighton and Hove website Brighton Look-Up.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Things You Don’t See from a Car: Hove beach huts

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Seeing this outbreak of newly striped beach huts on Hove seafront made me wonder if Bridget Riley had moved to Hove.
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Maybe not…
Bridget Riley ‘Achæan’, 1981© Bridget Riley 2014.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Real Meaning of GPS


GPS means that we might not get lost. But it also means that places just become locations to pass through on our way to a final destination. And a location is not a place. A location cannot be experienced, only numerically represented; a place must be experienced directly. Read more here.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Taming the traffic in Brighton and Hove: 20mph and the Old Town

Brighton and Hove continues the move towards being a 20mph city. There was a big step in June when the Speed Limit Orders, which make the 20mph limit the legal speed limit on those roads where it has been implemented, came into force. The result is that in Hove, every road now has a 20 mph limit with the exception of Portland Road, New Church Road, The Kingsway, Sackville Road and Hove Street. As a result, the city is becoming safer for pedestrians and cyclists - except where the speed limit remains at 30mph (perversely, including the seafront, one of the areas with the highest number of pedestrians).

With Phase 2 of the 20mph rollout complete, the Phase 3 consultation is currently under way. The area covered incorporates Mile Oak, Hangleton, Woodingdean, Rottingdean, Ovingdean and Saltdean as well as a small number of streets south of the Seafront Road in Hove (Medina Terrace area). The specific proposals for each area, including details of which roads are currently proposed for inclusion/exclusion, can be found at The consultation runs until 6th October.

A related consultation is the Old Town traffic regulation orders - designed to make the most historic part of Brighton more pedestrian-friendly, reducing the conflict with motor traffic caused by high footfall on narrow pavements. Proposals include access restrictions, and the redesign of Little East Street. Details at:

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Graphic of the Week

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If you happen to be in Pittsburgh PA, from 8th to 11th September 2014, here’s some interesting information from the Project for Public Spaces, including loads of great links to studies on the role of public space, health and happiness. Otherwise, just enjoy this great graphic.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Quote of the week

From last Saturday’s Guardian, this gem from Sam Wollaston, motoring correspondent (yes, really),

"Driving today is 95% about misery, it's about dealing with regulations and speed bumps and traffic and more traffic."

Enough said….

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Seen on a walk: Danger - Quicksand

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Not something you’d see from a car. And not something you often see from an English footpath. Spotted this from the safety of the other side of the fence on the Thames Estuary Path (a nearly-open, new 29 mile footpath from Tilbury to Leigh-on-Sea), near Tilbury power station. And here’s a more reassuring sign – the symbol for the path.
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