Tuesday 31 August 2004 5.31pm
The Central London Partnership and Transport for London have jointly commissioned the Danish "Urban Quality Consultant" Jan Gehl whos has successfully transforemed central Copenhagen to look at making central London streets more attractive for pedestrians.
His first report Towards a fine City for People
was published in June. I've only just managed to track it down on the web.
Three of the areas studied in depth were the Hungerford Footbridges, Waterloo Station
and Lower Marsh
I think that site specific proposals are to come in a set of second stage reports.
The study was made over a period of 60 min. on a summer weekday in the afternoon.
Waterloo station is an area dominated by traffic and is, correspondingly, complicated to move around in for pedestrians. Long stretches of underground passages leading pedestrians underground to reach various locations are hardly the solution to improve
safety and orientation in a complex urban area.
What pedestrians should do:
336 pedestrians (60% of all observed) choose to use the pedestrian subways using the route shown
[LR - Waterloo to Stamford Street
via the Bullring].
What pedestrians do:
228 pedestrians (40% of all observed) choose to jaywalk - crossing the four lane road as shown on the right.
[LR - i.e dashing across the roundabout approaches]
"During the day, Lower Marsh in the Waterloo area is a nice little friendly market street ﬁlled with colourful stands, plenty of goods and many locals conversing in the street.
At night the street changes to a deserted, closed street with long stretches of metal shutters, predominantly closed shops and almost no pedestrians. Lower Marsh suffers greatly from its lack of residents and its lack of night time functions other than a few bars.
Lower Marsh was the only street where the street life studies were abandoned after 7 pm because of uneasiness by the student surveying in that specific location.
[LR - Is Lower Marsh
really that intimidating after dark these days?]
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 31 August 2004 5.33pm by Lang