Watch our video to see the difference a low-traffic neighbourhood can make

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Are the streets where you live seeing more and more through traffic, especially in the morning rush hour? This is happening when non-local drivers take a short cut through a residential area to get from a major road on one side to the big route on the other. This is happening more and more as motorists used devices like Google Maps and Waze to tell them what is the quickest, least congested route to take. Continue reading “Watch our video to see the difference a low-traffic neighbourhood can make”

Low-traffic neighbourhoods: event report

By David Harrison, vice-chair, London Living Streets

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It was a bitterly cold evening in January, but a capacity crowd of more than 100 people gathered for the official launch by London Living Streets and the Urban Design Group of two guides on low-traffic neighbourhoods.

The guides, published by Living Streets and London Cycling Campaign, include an introduction for policy-makers and campaigners and a more detailed ‘how to’ guide for council officers. Access them here.

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Oxford Street proposals could go further

OxfordStreet_lowWestminster City Council has opened a public consultation into the future of the Oxford Street district this week.  

After plans for pedestrianisation were put on hold by the council earlier this year, calls were made for urgent action to tackle the major problems facing Oxford Street, which will become even more acute when the Elizabeth Line opens.

Living Streets, the national charity for everyday walking and London Living Streets has campaigned for the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street for years and now wants to see radical plans to improve the street and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Living Streets and London Living Streets has proposed a number of ideas to tackle these issues such as:

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Are electric vehicles a threat to cities? Conference report

By Emma Griffin, vice-chair, London Living Streets

Cowcross_lowresThere’s a sense of giddiness in current plans for electric vehicles. Government’s Road to Zero strategy talks excitedly about an “electric vehicle revolution”, “all new cars and vans [being] effectively zero emission by 2040”, a “massive roll-out of infrastructure” and the “biggest technology advancement to hit UK roads since the invention of the combustion engine”.

These aspirations were put under closer scrutiny at a conference organised by London Living Streets and Urban Design Group on October 11.

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