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LOOPER project stakeholders evaluate proposed interventions

On 19 November 2018 LOOPER Manchester stakeholders participated in an interactive workshop at the University of Manchester to evaluate proposed improvements to the public realm in Brunswick. The proposals were the product of the co-design process involving local residents and other stakeholders. They addressed identified concerns about air quality, traffic safety and community/green spaces. The workshop sought to evaluate the desirability and feasibility of the proposed solutions from the perspective of stakeholders at the neighbourhood or city level. This input helped orient choices about which solutions should be piloted beginning in early 2019.

There were many interesting ideas and some degree of support for all of them. There was particularly broad support for greening initiatives—on streets, in small spaces and through improvements to existing green spaces. This reflected the widespread desire among residents for a greener Brunswick, which has been evident throughout the LOOPER process. The challenge in this case is to choose which proposed intervention(s) to pursue as a LOOPER experiment. This will in part be driven by the level of citizen engagement around particular interventions.

One of the striking things about the workshop outcomes was the level of interest displayed in transforming Brunswick Street. In addition to the air quality and safety concerns related to traffic, there is a desire for a nicer Brunswick Street: a welcoming street that gives the neighbourhood a sense of place, and provides a quality environment for those who live and walk along it, offering a pleasant route to community spaces and amenities. A lot of the envisioned improvements on Brunswick Street also relate to greening and potential for this is seen as coming from different sources such as green elements in traffic calming installations, and engaging residents and local organisations in installing ivy screens and hanging baskets. There is potential for considerable impact on Brunswick Street but this will require involvement of multiple stakeholders. Some of those stakeholders took the initiative to start meeting in December 2018 to explore opportunities and challenges around traffic calming. Another stakeholder group is forming to discuss how to move forward with proposed greening interventions.

Co-designing solutions

During October we attempted (online and offline) to gather residents’ ideas about how to address the problems that had been identified in Brunswick. We used projections of 360-degree photos of the neighbourhood (and some participants got a chance to experience these images with a virtual reality headset) to engage people in discussing potential solutions. We then asked them to draw or write their proposed solutions on prints of the images. (There was also always the option to describe their ideas verbally or in writing.)

Come and join us to put your ideas on the map of Brunswick!

Do you have an idea about how to change something in Brunswick? Perhaps to improve air quality, make the roads safer, make Brunswick greener with better community spaces?

The LOOPER Ideas workshops are a chance to think about how you would make Brunswick a better place to live. We will work with maps and photographs to propose specific changes. Ideas that get community support will be put forward for discussion by stakeholders about whether they can be feasibly implemented. Two or three of the ideas will be piloted in 2019 and if they work well they may result in permanent changes.

Be part of co-creating your neighbourhood!

Join us at:

S4B Housing Office, 15 Brunswick St

Thursday 15 November 3.30 – 5.00 pm

And

You can come and contribute your ideas (and comment on submitted ideas) at the LOOPER stall at the Brunswick Bonanza, Brunswick Church

Tuesday 13 November, 11 am – 2.00 pm

And

You can contribute your ideas online at http://manchester.looperproject.eu/ideas/

For more information please contact: Janice Astbury janice.astbury@manchester.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

For example: How would you make Brunswick Street a better community space?

 

Come for a walk and talk about Active Transport in Brunswick on Wednesday October 24th 

Active transport (walking and cycling) is good for local air quality and for our health. It’s also a good way to avoid sitting in traffic or looking for parking. Cycling is a particularly efficient way to move around cities.

We will take a walk around Brunswick and discuss how the neighbourhood could be made 

more inviting for cyclists and pedestrians.

Please come and meet us at the S4B Housing Office, 15 Brunswick Street

  • Wednesday, 24 October at 1 pm

Join us for traffic monitoring in Brunswick!

Are you concerned about traffic safety and/or air quality in Brunswick? Is there too much traffic moving through the neighbourhood? Are drivers going too fast? Are there particular problem areas? Join us to share your views and find out more at one of these times: 

  • Monday 24 September 3-4 pm (focused on school run)
  • Tuesday 25 September 4-6 pm
  • Thursday 27 September 3-4 pm (school run) and 4-6 pm

This is what we’ll measure and analyse:

  • Vehicle speeds
  • The number of cars, lorries, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians travelling on specific streets
  • Areas in need of interventions to improve traffic safety or air quality

We will have expert assistance from our LOOPER Brussels colleague!

Would you like to get involved?

Meet us in front of Brunswick Church at the start of one of the above time slots. If you are interested but not available at these times, please contact Janice Astbury at the below email.

Questions? janice.astbury@manchester.ac.uk

September is monitoring month for the LOOPER project in Brunswick

There are several ways to participate in the LOOPER monitoring month:

(1) You can join Sharon Thomas and/or Janice Astbury on monitoring walks—one of us will be going out with air quality and traffic monitors almost every weekday in September during peak traffic times.

We will be covering Grosvenor Street, the areas close to the Mancunian Way, Brunswick Street, around Medlock School—and anywhere else you think we should.

If you are interested in this, please email us so we can arrange when and where to meet.

(2) If you have a computer or smart phone, you can add your concerns and ideas to an online map by going to the website www.crowdmapping.eu/looper.manchester and then scrolling down the page to the photo of Manchester city hall. Click on the photo and enter the following information in the appropriate boxes.

[Username] Resident

[Password] September18

and then click on LOGIN

and then on INSERT

You are then ready to add things to the map. It is a bit difficult to get started with it so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we can give you some training. We can also lend you a smartphone to do it.

(3) If you have other ideas about information that should be gathered in order to think about how to address problems in the public areas of the neighbourhood, please let us know and we can discuss how to do this with you.

We hope to hear from you!

Janice (janice.astbury@manchester.ac.uk) and

Sharon (Sharon.Thomas@S4Bmanchester.co.uk)

Turning streets into play areas in Brunswick – a pilot initiative by Manchester City Council, S4B and LOOPER

July 2018 – Delving deeper into issues in Brunswick

Brunswick residents who have participated in the LOOPER process to date have expressed concerns about the following issues: air quality; traffic volume and safety; improving community spaces; greening the neighbourhood; and feeling safe and secure. We are now trying to learn more about these issues. For example, as many people say they are worried about air pollution and the effects on health, we are monitoring the air quality in different parts of the neighbourhood. We are also looking at speed and volume of traffic along busier roads. Once we understand more about the problems, we can think about possible solutions. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in delving deeper into issues in Brunswick.