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Community Action for Safer Roadways

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 29th, 2010

Source: Victoria Walks

From “London’s Do-It-Yourself Approach to Safer Streets” by Elizabeth Press:

In the UK, the non-profit Sustrans is pioneering* a community-based method to reclaim streets from high-speed traffic and make neighbourhoods safer and more sociable places.

Called “DIY Streets,” the program brings neighbours together to help them redesign their streets in a way that puts people, safety, and streetlife first. So far, individual streets have benefited from DIY redesigns in 11 communities in England and Wales. Recently Streetfilms got a walk through of one successful DIY project — on Clapton Terrace in London. With the people who made it happen as our guides, we saw how planners and neighbours collaborated to transform a place where speeding used to rule into a local street with calm traffic and safe space to socialise.

Can the DIY model work on a bigger scale than an individual street? We’re about to find out: Residents of the London Borough of Haringey will soon be working with Sustrans on the first neighbourhood-wide DIY project.

* Note: David Engwicht (Creative Communities International) has been doing community-consultation for safer neighbourhoods since 1995. KA

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