Community Action for Safer Roadways
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