London

Dates:
Requirement Workshop (September 12, 2022), Onboarding Workshop (March 21, 2023), Evaluation Workshop (September 6, 2023)

Key neighbourhoods/areas:
Lambeth, Redbridge, Hounslow

Scenarios and behaviours tested:
Micro-mobility, walking and cycling connectivity, street school programs, borough LIP projects

Tested with who:
Local planners, spatial planners in TfL, EX-TRA team

EXAMPLES OF STREET EXPERIMENTS TESTED

In 2021, Lambeth Borough Council, the local authority for a district in South London, implemented 20 experiments with School Streets as an ‘emergency’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to allow for increased social distancing outside school gates. A section of the streets is closed to vehicle traffic during school drop-off and pick-up time windows. This provides more space for children and families, and prioritises walking and cycling. EX-TRA is studying the School Street implemented in front of Van Gogh Primary School, on the residential street of Cowley Road. Parents and teachers have been strongly engaged with the experiment.

The Wanstead Mobility Hub is located on the High Street in Wanstead, a 4-minute walk from Wanstead station. The Hub includes a ‘parklet’ with seating areas and greenery; cycle parking stands for your bike; a reserved parking space for an electric car club vehicle; and an electric vehicle (EV) charging bay, where residents and visitors can park and charge their EV.

George Lane is a local high street connecting to South Woodford Underground Station and with a range of shops and eateries. The South Woodford Mobility Hub combines common elements of a parklet including seating, plants and cycle parking, with a reserved parking space for an electric vehicle car club vehicle, and a public EV charging point. This design transforms the parklet into a multi-modal ‘hub’ that is designed to provide residents, shoppers and visitors with multiple mobility options, and to change between cycling and the bus, Underground or a shared car, for example.

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Tools

Developing Strategies for Change During Street Experiments

Many factors at play when it comes to organizing successful street experiments. In our research, we identified enablers and barriers that either support or limit street experiments on their way to triggering system change. Additionally, we recognized the role that municipalities adopt towards street experiments as particularly important in this process. The Developing Strategies for Change workshop brings these findings together and offers an interactive format for civil servants to explore different roles and enable collaboration between departments.

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Conversation Starter Deck

Organising a street experiment is a complex process. The Conversation Starter Deck is just that – designed to start the conversation about organizing a street experiment. The input for this deck is cards, drawn from insights generated during the EXTRA project. The questions on these cards are intended to provide policy-makers and experiment organisers with an overview of the most important aspects to consider while organising a street experiment. At the same time, it offers a unique and interactive form to engage diverse departments and discuss experiment goals and ambitions.

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GOAT (Geo Open Accessibility Tool)

GOAT is a digital planning tool designed to enhance sustainable mobility and urban development by integrating various accessibility indicators. It utilizes a broad spectrum of data, including points of interest, buildings, population data, land use, and environmental data. Tailored for local authorities, regions, and planning offices, GOAT aims to streamline planning processes, fostering efficiency, collaboration, and data-driven decision-making. Using OpenStreetMap data, it offers isochrones, multi-isochrones, heatmaps and scenarios supporting walking, cycling, and wheelchair accessibility assessments. Moreover, its digital accessibility facilitates participatory methods, engaging stakeholders, practitioners, citizens, and academics in exploring accessibility impacts in various cases.

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D4AMS (Dashboard for Alternative Mobility Scenarios)

The Dashboard for Alternative Mobility Scenarios (D4AMS) allows policymakers and mobility experts to explore the mobility outcomes of street experiments and shared mobility options on the city level. Various scenarios are presented for four case study cities: Ghent, Bologna, Munich, and Amsterdam. These scenarios include different configurations of shared mobility options and street closure plans, allowing for comparative analysis. The dashboard website also contains more information on the methodology and outlines major policy guidelines.

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IAPI (Assessing Inclusive Accessibility by Proximity)

IAPI is a GIS-based quantitative methodology for assessing accessibility, through active mobility, to a basket of daily, essential services at the district and city levels. IAPI measures accessibility by considering how the technical performances and perceived qualities of the neighborhood’s paths and public spaces can influence active mobility for pedestrians, people with reduced mobility, and cyclists. By using open data – mainly from OSM – integrated with crowdsourced information collected via citizen direct involvement, IAPI is designed to maximize scalability, transferability, and the level of customization for context-sensitive applications.

 

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StreetECHO

StreetECHO is a comprehensive open-source toolkit designed to facilitate stakeholder engagement with communities in the transformation of urban streets, emphasising the importance of diverse citizen perspectives, experiences, needs, and values related to city streets. This toolkit comprises a suite of tools including a data collection survey and a street mapping tool for documenting individual perceptions of street transformation. It also features a dynamic data visualisation tool, allowing users to navigate and engage with aggregated data in real-time. Additionally, StreetECHO offers a detailed workshop protocol for community engagement workshops, ensuring inclusive and effective participation.

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