Bon Appétit: Lunchtime Streets in London

LunchTimeStreets - London UK Rory

What is Lunchtime Streets?

Source: Active City Network –  https://www.activecitynetwork.com/lunchtime-streets 

Lunchtime Streets is an event that removes motor traffic from a street over a lunchtime period, so people can enjoy their lunch in a safer and more pleasant environment.Making the streets safer for people is key to both the City of London Corporation’s and the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategies. 

We use this type of temporary project to measure the effects and perceptions of the local community when reducing traffic at a peak times, when most people are travelling on foot or bicycle will be key to making the streets safer. The results of the study may lead to future enhancements of the public realm.

It is also a great way to enjoy your lunchtimes. We welcome the involvement of local working, studying and residential community.

FROM THE ORGANIZERS: 4 September 2019

This summer we have been working with local employers to remove motor traffic from their streets over a lunchtime period, so people can enjoy their lunch in a safer and more pleasant environment.

We have chosen streets that are busy with people walking at lunch, where the postive impact on enhanced public realm is high.  St Mary Axe is in the east of the City running between the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater, and Chancery Lane which is on the boundary with Camden and Westminster.

We are using this project to measure the effects and perceptions of the local community.

This initiative is proving to be exceedingly popular, with most of the people surveyed being positive about both the event, and making the street traffic free every lunch time and all day. @glennhiggs and his team at WSP who have offices on Chancery Lane, have been running the survey this week, and so far seems that over 90% would support making the street traffic free every lunchtime, which mirrors the results from St Mary Axe.

This is a project to reduce traffic at a peak times, when most people are travelling on foot or bicycle. Segregation of motor traffic and vulnerable road users by time will be key to making the streets safer. The results of the study may lead to future enhancements of the public realm.

– by Rory McMullan, 
Manager: Road Danger Reduction and Behaviour Change,
Press officer at City of London | roryer@gmail.com
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About the editor: 

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: climate@newmobility.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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