More Petersfield Residents’ Views… Our Mill Road 4 People volunteers have now been out on Mawson and Tenison Roads in Petersfield, asking residents what they think about traffic on Mill Road. The results when combined with our previous door knocking are shown below. From the 206 households we’ve now spoken to there is a clear… Continue reading More residents’ views
It’s 40 years since the Brixton Riots sparked a national outburst of protest against rampant racism. Brixton’s changed a lot since then – it’s been hit by gentrification, for a start – but it’s still got a multicultural buzz. If you turn left after coming out of the tube station and walk up towards the… Continue reading Architecture, belonging, community (an ABC)
Mayor Nik Johnson backs low traffic Mill Road Mill Road for People is delighted to hear that the mayor, Nik Johnson, is supporting the reintroduction of the bus gate on Mill Road bridge, subject to consultation. We believe a bus gate is an essential component of an improved Mill Road and also of a coherent… Continue reading Mayor backs low traffic Mill Road
Petersfield Residents’ Views Mill Road 4 People volunteers have been knocking on doors in Petersfield to find out what people think about traffic on Mill Road. So far we’ve spoken to 112 households in Devonshire Road and Gwydir Street. A significant majority of the people we talked to were supportive of a low traffic Mill… Continue reading What do residents think?
If we reduce traffic on Mill Road, will this increase traffic on other roads, notably Cherry Hinton Road and Coldham’s Lane? Although traffic displacement is used as an argument against low-traffic neighbourhoods, getting actual figures is rather hard. It’s been remarkably little studied. (If you find any figures, please let us know!) Walthamstow (right at… Continue reading Traffic reduction or traffic displacement?
20mph is becoming so normal for urban areas, it’s beginning to lose its controversy. That it’s far safer for pedestrians and cyclists is firmly backed up by evidence. But it’s often stated that vehicles travelling at 20mph pollute more than they do at 30mph. 20 – more dirty than 30? Well, yes, if you drive… Continue reading Is 20 plenty?
E-scooters are now a familiar sight up and down Mill Road, from the cheery orangey-red Voi scooters to the sleek black machines zipping along. There’s more of a difference between them than colour, however: as yet, the Voi scooters are legal and the privately-owned ones are illegal. The government has been a little slow to… Continue reading E-scooters – a way forward?
Air pollution and its effect on our health and well-being has been much studied and written about. But noise pollution is only just beginning to be recognised. Recent studies, here and here, showed that continuous exposure to traffic noise can lead to child development problems, heart disease and diabetes – and we haven’t even touched… Continue reading Heard, but not seen: noise pollution
The main argument for re-opening Mill Road bridge was that restricting traffic over it damaged local business. As well as making deliveries more awkward, some Mill Road traders argued that their customers were put off and that they lost revenue as a result. This is a common idea – but it’s not based on evidence.… Continue reading Is a low-traffic high street bad for trade?
Gentrification: what’s to be done? Sometimes people who oppose a low traffic Mill Road do so because they feel that the area around Mill Road is becoming gentrified. And they believe that it’s the newer, richer residents who by arguing for more active travel and less traffic and pollution, are attempting to further increase the… Continue reading Gentrification – what’s to be done