- Where: The Polygon
- When: From November 2020
- What: Active Travel Zone
- Why: To create a greener, safer and healthier neighbourhood for everyone by identifying and making some small changes to the streets and roads in the Polygon that will improve walking and cycling for short journeys
- How: Funded as part of the Active Travel Fund
The Polygon is in walking distance of the city centre and the popular area of Bedford Place, with commutes from and to the area under 5km. As such, car ownership here is low, with between 30-50% of households without access to a car. The area nevertheless experiences a high volume of cut-through driving, with 30-40% of traffic travelling through the Polygon to access other parts of the city.
We want to redress this balance and create a more liveable neighbourhood where residents of the Polygon can walk and cycle safely and with greater ease to access nearby shops, schools and employment hubs.
We are undertaking engagement with the local community to understand what improvements could be made to the area. We firmly believe that the best ideas always come out of the community and invited local residents and businesses to share their thoughts and suggestions by taking part in a perceptions survey.
The Polygon ATZ Perceptions Survey is now closed and the contributions have been analysed. The three key priorities that respondents identified for improving the Polygon neighbourhood are:
- reducing the speed limit
- reducing through traffic
- improving crossing facilities
More detail of the findings from the survey can be seen below.
Polygon Active Travel Zone Co-design Workshops
We will now be working with the neighbourhood to identify measures to address the priorities that were highlighted in the survey during a series of online co-design workshops. The Polygon ATZ Co-design Workshops will be held on 23 February. More details are provided on the event page, where members of the local community can also register to attend one of the workshops.
Key findings from the Perceptions Survey
177 respondents answered questions about what methods of transport they use when travelling in and around the Polygon area, which areas could benefit from improvement, and what improvements those areas require.
75% of respondents live either in the Polygon or within a 20-minute walking distance of it.
Transport to and around the Polygon area:
- Respondents are more likely to walk or cycle within the Polygon area, (73%) compared to other transport modes
- Respondents are most likely to use their car to get to the Polygon area (51%)
- Respondents that live furthest away from the area are more likely to use the bus (8%) or drive (58%) when travelling to the area
Travel within the Polygon area:
- The most common reason that respondents travel within the Polygon area is for shopping (59%)
- Respondents that live within a 20-minute walk are more likely to travel within the area for School or University (57%)
- Respondents that live outside the Polygon area (either within a 20-minute walk or further) are most likely to be passing through or travelling there for work
Imrovements in the area:
Almost 3 in 4 (72%) respondents highlighted that there are areas or roads within the Polygon area that could benefit from improvement
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