Many thanks to everyone who came and had a chat with us and our friends at Pop Up Parks at the Granton School Summer fete last Saturday. We had a great time and were really pleased to speak to so many parents about the street design project and activities in the summer holidays.
The blog has been a little quiet recently because we have been busy over the last couple of weeks talking to residents, parents and children at Granton School about the streets surrounding Granton School and about their journeys to and from school.
The biggest issue to emerge from our discussions has been problems with parking, and there have been various ideas from the community about how to deal with this: stopping parking outside the school and on double yellow lines, stopping corner parking, defining parking spots with colour, implementing residents only parking, restricted parking outside the school at drop off and pick up times, and even temporary road closures were mentioned by some of the parents.
Other ideas that emerged were to reduce the speed and volume of traffic, stopping cars turning in the road, improving the roundabout at Rowan Road, implementing more zebra crossings, having more plants, trees and flowers on the street, putting colours and patterns on the streets and bringing back the lollipop lady.
The team at Sustrans are now looking through all of the feedback that we’ve collected so far and are in the process of designing some ideas for temporary and semi permanent measures that we can implement over the summer to try to address some of these problems. We’ll also be showcasing our street design ideas and asking for your feedback at our summer events!
- Wednesday 6th August, 10.00-12.00: Playing Out Day Decorate the Streets! We’ll be creating a series of temporary animal footprints that will walk us from the local neighbourhood into Streatham Vale Park. More information and meeting point to follow on the blog.
- Friday 15th August, 13.00 – 16.00: Dr Bike and Bling your Bike. Dr Bike is coming to Streatham Vale Park to carry out safety checks and simple adjustments and repairs to bikes for free. We will ride around the park and decorate our bikes or scooters for the occasion. Streatham Vale park.
- Saturday, 23rd August, 11.00 – 15.00: Street Trial Day. We will temporarily be closing the street outside the Granton School entrance on Larbert Road and testing out our design ideas with temporary materials – chalk spray, traffic cones, hay bales and more. We’ll also have plenty of food and drink on hand and will have a bit of a party!