Monday, 9 February 2015

People want to walk: Brighton and Hove’s passeggiata on the prom

 

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This was the scene on Hove seafront yesterday afternoon – a pedestrian slo-mo superhighway. How come? Is there anything we can learn from the throng on the prom?

First, a sunny day helps, even if it’s cold (it was).

Second, a great townscape, bordering the beach, is nice to have.

Third, a stroll can become a social norm - a Brighton and Hove version of the passeggiata.

Fourth, it’s a safe space for pedestrians, free from the prospect of getting mown down by a vehicle (cyclists take note!)

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Living Streets talks the walk at Brighton’s Seedy Sunday

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Great to see old friends and new faces at the Living Streets Brighton and Hove stand at Seedy Sunday in Brighton yesterday - grist to the mill when it comes to making our streets more attractive, more human and more green.

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Interestingly, many people who dropped by to chat either didn't own a car, or chose not to drive in Brighton and Hove. And there was a lot off support for rebalancing the streets away from people in cars towards people on foot (and people on bikes), such as the new scheme to transform Valley Gardens.

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Thanks to Sam (above) from Living Streets HQ for coming along to support the local voluntary effort.

Click here for today’s report in the Argus on Seedy Sunday - a double page spread.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Walk This Way to Seedy Sunday

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If you are going to Seedy Sunday at the Corn Exchange in Brighton tomorrow, excellent. If you are going to walk there, even better. If you do, here’s some good advice from Transport for London, published this week. To find out more about the facts behind the advice, have a look at an earlier post on this blog. Look forward to seeing you on the Living Streets stall.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Friday, 23 January 2015

Living Streets takes a stand at Seedy Sunday – Brighton, 1st February

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It's now just over a week until Seedy Sunday 2015, the UK’s largest seed swap event, which takes place on Sunday 1st February at the Brighton Corn Exchange. Last year around 3,000 people visited so we’ve decided that Living Streets Brighton and Hove Group will take a stand (actually, a table!) at this year’s event.

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We are looking for volunteers to help staff the stand during the day - no special skills needed, other than a willingness to talk the walk about the importance of creating safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it’s great to walk in Brighton and Hove.

You can get in touch by dropping an email to Living Streets, Brighton & Hove Group on livingstreetsbandh@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

20mph - saving lives and reducing traffic injuries in Brighton and Hove

Great to read that our council is going to extend the 20mph speed limit to most of the city, especially given that the existing 20mph speed limits seem to be having an impact on road crash deaths and casualties.

Also great to see Lead Councillor for Transport Ian Davey’s comment in The Argus, “Maybe the time is coming to change the default speed limit in urban areas to 20mph from 30mph.” Sounds like the sort of thing that a behavioural economist would say. So Amen to that!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Walkable Brighton and Hove in today’s B&H Indy

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My article on making Brighton and Hove a walkable city - today's edition of the Brighton & Hove Independent.