by Colin J Davis, of Streetscapes.online and author of Streetscapes: how to design and deliver great streets
Our campaign is for healthier, happier and more livable streets. What could be more uplifting than the splendid displays of flowers in, on and around the shop fronts of Chelsea during the week of the flower show?
Picking up the theme of love, emphasised at the royal wedding at Windsor the previous weekend, the Chelsea in Bloom displays were very individual but with firm coordination.
Continue reading “Flower power: Chelsea’s streets come alive in bloom”
One of the many noteworthy announcements from Hackney’s seventh cycling conference was that next year it will add ‘walking’ to its title.
This is welcome, not simply because this was one of Hackney Living Street’s demands in its campaign manifesto for the May elections, but also because it reflects an understanding that cycling is just one ingredient in a liveable city. If cities are for everyone — and not just motorists — they must encourage walking and living as well as cycling. Or as Andreas Røhl, Gehl Architects’ biking expert put it, ‘cycling isn’t the goal, it’s a means to an end’.
Listed below are some other key announcements and inspirations from last week’s event, many of which – we are happy to announce — originate from London Living Streets campaigns. Continue reading “Walking news from Hackney’s Cycling Conference”
London Living Streets and Urban Design Group are hosting a public event this month to celebrate the progress in improving London’s public realm.
The event will take place on Wednesday 23 May 2018, 6.15–8.15pm at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EJ. Continue reading “London’s Public Realm”
The following letter appeared in The Times, 2nd May 2018
‘One of the best ways of addressing childhood obesity (letter, May 1) is encouraging children to walk to school. It is particularly unfortunate that the transport secretary plans to make this less likely by forcing utilities to dig up pavements not roads (News, Apr 30), creating a “hostile environment” for pedestrians. Should he speak to the Department for Health?’
David Harrison, London Living Streets
So far 46 local party leaders have supported London Living Streets, Living Streets and London Cycling Campaign’s My Liveable London campaign, by pledging to submit a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood bid. Continue reading “Have your party leaders pledged to deliver a liveable London?”