Report to the Cycle City Ambition Fund Programme Co-ordination Group 16 April 2014
Ouseburn DIY Streets – selection of focus area
Ouseburn Futures (OF) Environment Group and their Northumbria University student placement have been working over the past 2 months with Sustrans, NCC, xsite architecture (sponsored by Igloo) and Roots and Wings, on the Ouseburn DIY Streets part of the CCAF project.
Over the past 2 years OF has been working with NCC transport officers to provide local input and knowledge around traffic improvements, especially for cycling and walking, as the regeneration of the area puts increasing pressure on the streets.
Ouseburn is an unusual DIY Streets area – with very few residents at the moment but a mix of businesses, artists and visitor attractions.
The Ouseburn DIY Streets area has about 130 businesses, organisations and artists in it.
The first part of the project was to gather information on travel patterns in the area and views on which street(s) should be focused on for the next design stage of the project
OF approached this by:
Publicising the project on their website – ouseburnfutures.org.uk
Organising a series of surveys
- business and organisation
- employee and resident
Running two public events – one daytime drop in session, and one early evening public workshop
Surveys were provided in both paper and online formats and were emailed out using OF mailing lists, or delivered by-hand. The project was also promoted through various social media routes. The survey asked respondents to identify priority streets, what the issues were and what the solutions could be. It also asked for journey information to establish a picture of how people currently travel.
We have kept Ouseburn and Byker Ward Councillors informed throughout the process, and Cllrs Kane and Powers attended the workshop session. Feedback to date has been supportive.
Over 100 responses to the surveys were received and the workshop was well attended (25 people).
There has been a clear wish from all the consultation to focus on Stepney Bank (46 respondents), Lime Street (39) and Stepney Road (32), a view reflected by all 4 groups at the workshop session. This is re-enforced by the views of key venues in Ouseburn. The next most identified street was Byker Bank (15) where improvements are already planned to take place soon.
OF recommend that the CCAF Board agree for the Ouseburn DIY Streets project to focus on Stepney Bank, Stepney Road and Lime Street. We would expect the key points where these streets can be improved to be established through the detailed design workshops.
OF feel strongly that the traffic and environmental issues of these 3 adjacent streets would benefit from DIY Streets treatment and would have a significant impact on the area.