- Where: Woolston and Itchen area
- When: Summer and Autumn 2021
- What: An Active Travel Zone
- Why: To create a better environment for everyone by identifying and making some small changes to the streets and roads that will improve walking and cycling for short journeys.
- How: Funded as part of a Transforming Cities Fund awarded in March 2020
The perception survey received over 2980 comments and contributions. We are in the process of analysing all the feedback with the view to hosting workshops later this Autumn to decide on the design solutions people would like to see. We then need to investigate the feasibility of these and come back with a proposal. The plan then is to implement the changes in the first half of 2022, see below for more details.
What is an Active Travel Zone?
Active Travel Zones are neighbourhoods that encourage active travel through a range of measures which calm or discourage traffic and instead prioritise people walking and cycling.
Local businesses, schools and people living and working in the area are instrumental to the process of developing an Active Travel Zone. With this in mind, we'll be working closely with the community in Woolston, Itchen and surrounding neighbourhoods to develop a range of schemes to shape the area so it is easier to walk and cycle, particularly for local journeys.
We recently ran a survey inviting residents and businesses in the Woolston and Itchen area to share their perceptions of the local area and help us identify improvements that will reduce traffic; create more attractive, liveable streets; and enable people to get around more easily, safely and sustainably in their neighbourhood.
This survey ran for a period of six weeks and received 2,936 contributions, including 826 comments and 2,110 agreements.
Analysis of the perceptions survey is now underway and will help us to identify the key concerns and locations to be addressed in the local area. We will then hold co-design workshops later this year, where residents will work together with us to develop solutions to the challenges highlighted in the survey.
We will use the findings from these workshops to create detailed designs for the local area which we will then consult on and deliver. Please refer to the graphic at the bottom of this page, which outlines the timelines we expect to work to for each stage of the project.
Other plans in and around your area
As well as gathering views on Woolston, Itchen and surrounding neighbourhoods, we will also be seeking your feedback on other emerging proposals in your area.
We will treat these as individual schemes and will engage on these separately from the Woolston / Itchen Active Travel Zone.