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.