This is a really interesting project that is revitalizing one UK town. I definitely recommend taking a look if you’re interested in urban design!

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In England, the Village of Poynton has implemented a bold transformation of its centre, Fountains Place, which is located at the crossing of three major routes, London Road (A523), Chester Road (A5149) and Park Lane. Nearly 26,000 cars pass through the large intersection in the heart of the village every day. This traffic and the design of the intersection had a significant negative impact on the community. As Hamilton-Baillie Associates write in the Poynton Town Centre Study:

Pedestrian activity on Fountains Place is constrained by the layout of the junction and intrusive impacts of the large volumes of traffic. Street activity is limited to the functional, with pedestrians moving around the margins of the space and opportunities for pedestrians to move through and across the junction compromised by the limited crossing facilities. The church is particularly isolated by the lack of crossings from Park Lane.

In order to revitalize the centre, Hamilton-Baillie proposed…

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  1. Dick

    Pretty amazing that it seems to work so well despite such a high traffic load!

  2. ericvery

    yeah it is very impressive. I can’t believe it’s even the same place it was before hand. The video is well put together.

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  4. Dick

    What do you make of this stuff on the Health Impact of Physical Inactivity:
    http://www.apho.org.uk/addons/_122359/atlas.html
    … good movement science? Is it clear why they only look at those 40-79 years old?

    • It’s a great little tool, very useable, but the numbers seem very conservative – the HEAT tool which is what local authorities have been told to use to calculate savings due to the health impact of cycling works on a 30% overall reduction in mortality amongst those who cycle regularly, once adjusting for all other factors – this is based in a cohort study that was done in Copenhagen. You’d expect a 30% reduction in mortality to be saving in the region of 60,000 deaths a year from this population – not ~35,000;but I guess this is because their definition of ‘active’ is pretty weak: anyone doing more than 5 x 30minutes of exercise a week is counted as active, where exercise can include walking, gardening etc. The 30% figure came from cyclists cycling regularly, which averaged out as 3 hours exercise per week (and presumably of higher intensity on average).

      I’m giving it a C+ – it gives good clear answers, but fails to take into account the full benefits of exercise. I think we need to be more ambitious on the amounts of exercise that we aim to give our population the opportunity to do – and the best way to do that is to get people walking and cycling more so that they’re saving time sat in their car to get exercise, rather than trying to fit it around their everyday activities.

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