Slip lanes are a mechanism to ensure motor vehicles can turn without waiting at an intersection. They're designed to the fast, efficient movement of motor vehicles, while penalising the environment and people who want to walk, ride, rest and feel safe. This one in Fairlight on Sydney Road (map link) is a signalised intersection and delays people walking by increasing the crossing distance across the road and occupies about 200 square metres of public space.
The Fairlight fling offers an opportunity to reclaim and repurpose that space to improve the environment, increase the space for people walking, sitting, to do business and have public space, reduce the dangers posed by motor vehicles.
Congratulations to Northern Beaches council, all the volunteer groups that participated by providing set up, yoga classes, stalls, activities, props and the support.
More info here.
City of Sydney have a programme called Sydney Streets to open up the Streets to people.
It's astonishing how pleasant a street can be when you remove the motor vehicles. The smells, the sounds, the opportunities created by repurposing the street space for people and businesses is evident through these street experiments.
BikeEast are running the Bike valet service that allows for people to leave their bicycles during the event and get some handy information about the cycleways.
There's a brilliant study in Australia by Alison Lee that show the economic benefits of using kerb side parking for parklets, and bicycle parking. Imagine what the benefits is when you quadruple the space?!
Better Streets is a new coalition that is looking to improve streets and is seek better streetscapes to support businesses.
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