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Stepney Bank one-way trial 7 – 8 November

The Stepney Bank one-way street trial, part of the Ouseburn DIY Streets project, is happening today, Friday 7th November and Saturday 8th November. The one-way will be down the street to just before Northern Print, and the junctions with Coquet Street and Stepney Road.

If you don’t meet one of the Sustrans people or our volunteers with a feedback form for you to fill in, you can give your feedback via the online form.

Read more about this trial in our October update.

 

DIY Streets designs on display and next steps

Following the street trial over the Ouseburn Festival weekend we’ve been looking at what did and didn’t go well, considering all the comments we’ve received and coming up with some possible improvements.

The original designs and the suggested changes will be on display in Ouseburn Farm from 11th to 31st August, opening times Monday-Sunday 9.30am-4.30pm. There will be feedback forms for you to fill in so please come along and let us know what you think.

We’ll be running another street trial in September on Stepney Bank where the road will be one way – this would give us the opportunity to create some public space at the top of the bank, widen the footpaths joining up to the residential areas and bus stops and possibly give some extra space for loading and short stay parking. We’ll tell you more about this in a future post.

All of this work will then be passed to the Council who will look at the technicalities and costs in order to produce a set of formal designs. We’ll display these in the Farm again when they’re ready, hopefully towards the end of September-early October. If everyone is happy with the plans we’ll be able to crack on with delivery!

Painted area where we would like a raised roadway by the entrance to Ouseburn Farm and by the Village Green.

DIY Streets trial at Ouseburn Festival

The DIY Streets team had a busy time during the Ouseburn Festival on 5th and 6th July 2014. People from Ouseburn Futures, xsite architecture, Sustrans, Roots and Wings, and Newcastle City Council – + 3 volunteers from Gentoo – worked together on Saturday to create a temporary transformation to test out the ideas on redesigning parts of Stepney Road, Stepney Bank and Lime Street.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped to create the trial designs, and to everyone who talked to us and gave their feedback over the weekend. It was really helpful and will help us in designing better streets. It was also great fun to do something that big and bold that made people look and think!

First, the road signs and cones were put out. These are on Stepney Road.

First, the road signs and cones were put out. These are on Stepney Road.

The street had to be measured to make sure that the cones were in the correct place and that the remaining vehicle access was wide enough.

The street had to be measured to make sure that the cones were in the correct place and that the remaining vehicle access was wide enough.

A temporary priority system for vehicles was set up on Stepney Rd.

A temporary priority system for vehicles was set up on Stepney Rd.

A temporary priority system for vehicles was set up on Stepney Rd.

A temporary priority system for vehicles was set up on Stepney Rd.

Measuring the width of the street where the temporary narrowing was to be placed.

Measuring the width of the street where the temporary narrowing was to be placed.

The trees were growing low over the path, making it difficult to walk on the pavement, so some branches needed pruning.

The trees were growing low over the path, making it difficult to walk on the pavement, so some branches needed pruning.

Two of the Ouseburn DIY Streets team, Paul and Cath, demonstrate that it's now possible to walk along the pavement.

Two of the Ouseburn DIY Streets team, Paul and Cath, demonstrate that it’s now possible to walk along the pavement.

 

Temporary reshaping of the Stepney Road junction onto Stepney Bank.

Temporary reshaping of the Stepney Road junction onto Stepney Bank.

Temporary reshaping of Stepney Bank at the junction with Stepney Road.

Temporary reshaping of Stepney Bank at the junction with Stepney Road.

Preparing to paint Lime Street.

Preparing to paint Lime Street.

 

Someone put their handprints onto the pavement on Stepney Road.

Someone put their handprints onto the pavement on Stepney Road.

We put up the Sustrans pagoda on Lime St, with hay bales for people to sit on and a temporary bike stand next to us.

We put up the Sustrans pagoda on Lime St, with hay bales for people to sit on and a temporary bike stand next to us.

Nita from site architecture did a display about the proposals with feedback space.

Nita from site architecture did a display about the proposals with feedback space.

People could put coloured dots on a scale of whether they really disliked or really liked the proposals for the junctions.

People could put coloured dots on a scale of whether they really disliked or really liked the proposals for the junctions.

This painted section with red unicorn by Seven Stories and 36 Lime Street Gallery is an area we think should be raised.

This painted section with red unicorn by Seven Stories and 36 Lime Street Gallery is an area we think should be raised.

DIY Streets May update

DIY STREETS logo

In April we produced two surveys – a general one, and one for businesses and organisations in the Ouseburn. We also chatted to people in the street, carried out a survey of visitors to the Open Studios Spring Salon and ran two public events. The responses showed us where people felt the issues were, and from this we agreed that the project would focus on Stepney Bank, Stepney Road and Lime Street. We took a short report to the Council’s Cycle City Ambition Fund Group to sign this off.

In May, we contacted everyone who lives and works on the focus streets plus all the people who provided an email address in their survey response, and invited them to workshop sessions on the 19th May and 21st May led by site architecture. These workshops involved a walk along the focus streets and then a discussion of the main issues. The key points that came up were:

  • Slowing down traffic speed
  • Creating joined up, safe spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and horses
  • Tackling problem junctions
  • Managing parking to meet local needs
  • Reducing rat-running traffic, possibly with one-way systems
  • Having some sort of signage/features/planters along the streets
  • Keeping streets tidy and improving lighting

We won’t be able to tackle everything through the DIY Streets project but all of the comments gathered will feed into wider conversations with the Council and help us plan for the future. The next steps will be to work up designs based on the feedback we’ve received so far, and we’ll be posting some draft plans here at the end of June for you to comment on. We then hope to try some ideas out at the Ouseburn Festival on Sunday 6th and we’ll have a stall near Lime Street so that you can take a closer look at the plans and let us know what you think.