Our webinar on the Power of the Pedestrian Pound is confirmed. More details on EventBrite shortly but to tempt you, we are delighted to confirm three expert speakers and fingers crossed, a fourth to be announced soon:
Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications, London Living Streets
Cllr Clyde Loakes, deputy Leader and Environment Portfolio holder from Waltham Forest Council
Christopher Martin, Co-founder and Director of Urban Strategy, Urban Movement
Here’s a link to a brochure telling you all about People Friendly Streets and what they mean for residents, emergency services, pedestrians, parents and children, the elderly, disabled people, shop owners, drivers and cyclists – in short, everyone who uses them.
Planning for our next webinar, date tbc at the end of September, is already well under way. We wanted to showcase how Low Traffic Neighbourhoods can actually increase footfall and that traders have nothing to fear. Some experts are lined up to share their experiences with us so keep an eye out for further information.
Two Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, in Islington branded as People Friendly Streets schemes, have been implemented in St Peters and Canonbury East with four more planned over the next few months. Sadly, there has been a lot of noisy mis-information spread recently by those who apparently want dangerous, noisy streets and filthy air. So let’s spread a little love by putting up posters showing some support. Get creative with small relatives and friends and a box of crayons. Let’s get green hearts all over Islington !
Delighted that our friends are on the panel – Rosalind, Ursula and Brenda are all inspirational individuals and their contributions to the Q&A following the film viewing will be fascinating. Do sign up here !
Fab opportunity to sit back with a glass of something chilled, watch a film which will inspire you and take part in a Q&A session on what life could be like in 2040 ! Here’s a taste https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-rTQ443akE. More info coming very soon ……
Our trees desperately need more protection than they currently have so I have started a petition to gather support for improving how the local council looks after its 40,000 trees. Currently only 400 (yes, that’s just 1%) have any protection at all and this should be 100%. Please have a read and if you can, sign and spread the petition to everyone you know in Islington who cares about our trees. Many thanks. Petition is here
Walking @ Tea-time on 9 July was a very uplifting event with some fab speakers; Stephen Edwards of Living Street talked about the Power of the Pedestrian Pound and Anne Faure who is heavily involved with pedestrian organisations in France, talked of her experiences with humanising streets. One of her slides demonstrated so beautifully the Power of Greening Streets – the change in the fortunes of a small French town by planting roses. Just look at the screenshot above ! Organised by London Living Streets and the Active Travel Academy at University of Westminster, these webinars started in May and are well worth attending.
Four groups (Cycle Islington, Islington Living Streets, Islington Clean Air Parents and Fossil Free Islington) recently met the council leader Cllr Richard Watts and transport/environment lead Cllr Rowena Champion to discuss how we can work together on the rollout of LTNs. While the council are working on the actual plans, we are gathering a list of volunteers in each ward and giving suggestions on what needs to be done to start raising awareness of LTNs. ICAP have been busy with Chris Kenyon setting up mapping meetings; Cycle Islington is producing a leaflet which everyone can use, working groups have set up mini websites for St Peters and Barnsbury/St Marys, people are talking to their networks, Chris has a survey we can all send out …… have a look at the Low Traffic Neighbourhood page on this site to find out more.
The Mayton Street gardeners have had a visit from the council asking them to remove their beautiful planters and tubs. This green oasis is a welcome sight away from the rat running cars which cause noise, danger to children and pollution for everyone. Please sign the petition to save the planters here