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. Measures may include:
- Strategic road closures using modal filters, such as bollards or planters, to prevent rat running while retaining access for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Two-way in/one-way out where cars can enter and exit at one end of the road but only exit at the other, to help reduce rat-running.
- Echelon parking to save space and encourage slower traffic speeds.
- Contraflow cycling where cyclists are allowed to ride in both directions on a street that is one-way for cars, making cycling more convenient and offering safer alternatives to busy roads.
- Continuous footways where pedestrians and cyclists have priority over vehicles at junctions.
Why does Southampton need Active Travel Zones?
Streets in many residential neighbourhoods in Southampton are treated as short cuts by drivers avoiding main roads and often travelling at speed. In some streets, traffic data and residents report speed and volumes at unacceptably dangerous levels, making active travel intimidating; streets noisy; and socialising difficult for local neighbours and children.
The council is committed to improving road safety across the city and Active Travel Zones can support this by creating a safer, more attractive environment where people can walk and cycle with greater ease for shorter local journeys. Enabling more sustainable travel patterns in this way can also help to boost the council's wider aims to tackle pollution, reduce congestion and improve public health.
How was Woolston chosen?
We worked with a data specialist to identify residential areas across the city that would benefit from an Active Travel Zone. This process looked at the layout of the streets and local amenities and whether the measures which could be added as part of an Active Travel Zone would help more residents walk and cycle. The process also looked at the likely benefit that an Active Travel Zone could have on congestion, safety, health and wellbeing.
How is this project being funded?
The funding for this project comes from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund. As this is grant funding, it is ringfenced specifically for the delivery of an Active Travel Zone and can’t be used for other transport schemes or other council services.
How are you consulting?
Local businesses, schools and people living and working in the area are instrumental to the process of developing an Active Travel Zone. We’re now inviting residents and businesses in Woolston and Itchen to take part in our survey and share their perceptions of the local area. Once we have analysed the feedback from the survey, we will invite local residents and businesses to a series of ‘co-design’ events later this year where we will explore the main issues raised in the survey more closely and work together to identify potential solutions. We will develop detailed designs based on these which we will seek further feedback on next year.
Please refer to the below graphic, which outlines the timelines we expect to work to for each stage of the project.
How can I get involved?
You can now take part in our initial perceptions survey. Paper copies of this survey can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and are also available at Woolston Library and Woolston Community Centre.
How long is the perceptions survey running?
The survey is running until Sunday 29 August.
I have more questions - how do I get in touch?
If you have any questions about the project or would like more information, please email us at: email@example.com