Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Making Brighton and Hove A Walkable City

LS Feet At a well-attended public meeting organised by Brighton and Hove Living Streets, we listened and debated as the transport titans of Brighton and Hove City Council - Councillors Ian Davey, Gill Mitchell and Geoffrey Theobald - shared their views on how Brighton and Hove could become a walkable city.*
The councillors agreed that more could be done, and will be done, to improve the city for pedestrians, and the audience joined in a lively debate on what matters most to pedestrians, and how walking in the city could be improved.
Councillors and attendees came up with over 40 practical suggestions and ideas on how Brighton and Hove could become a walkable city, ranging from ambitious schemes like Valley Gardens to issues like 20mph speed limits, pavement parking, street lighting and dog poo. There was a call for more roads like New Road, and a welcome for planned improvements to the Lewes Road.
Living Streets Brighton and Hove plans to hold a follow-up workshop in the New Year to take these ideas forward. Email for details: livingstreetsbandh@gmail.com.
* A walkable city is where people select walking as their preferred choice of travel. Walkability is the extent to which walking is readily available as a safe, connected, accessible and pleasant activity. Walkable Cities have many health, environmental, and economic benefits. Factors influencing walkability include the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, pavements or other pedestrian right-of-ways, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility, and safety. 

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