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Journeys : Apr May 2011
Gehl has determined that fur ther action is required to study, evaluate and respond to the four street types in the Hobart city centre. 1 Green City Boulevards Gehl recommends that Macquar ie and Davey Streets focus on changing from mini-motor ways to tree-lined city boulevards. It is recommended that if these streets are to remain as the main traffic routes through the city, they could be enhanced by improvements to pedestrian areas, bicycle access, priority public transport lanes and trees. 2 Urban City Streets These are the majority of the city streets. It is recommended that these streets be carefully studied to ensure safety and convenience for all users, including cars, pedestr ians, public transport and bicyclists. Some one-way streets may change to two-way, pedestrian walkways and street crossings may be upgraded, extra seats and socialising areas should be developed, e xtra trees could be planted and more interesting and interactive property frontages promoted. 3 Pedestrian Priority Streets These are streets in the retail centre of the city where pedestrian densities are at a level where cars, pedestrians and bikes can more equitably share the street space. With improvements to the design of the Urban City Streets, the Pedestrian Priority Streets that are in the predominately retail parts of the city can become more shopper-oriented, while still allow ing deliver y vehicles during low-activity periods and providing short-term pick-up zones. 4 Urban Fine Grain These are the short streets, laneways, cour ts and alleyways that provide opportunity for entertainment and special activity developments. These are generally ser vice lanes that Jan Gehl says can ‘...create opportunities for innovation, sur prise and unique approaches to both per manent and transient design.’ So what is the future of the private car in the streets of Hobart city centre? According to Alder man Valentine, the city centre is likely to change progressively to improve its facilities for all the people who travel to the city for work and shopping. It w ill become easier to negotiate around the pedestr ian network after people park their cars or travel by an improved public transport system. People who live in or close to the city w ill be offered much improved bicycle access and secure bicycle parking. Improved bicycle access routes w ill, where possible, separate cars from bicycles. This w ill provide greater safety for cyclists and reduce the likelihood of car and cyclist accidents and injuries. All Hobart residents and visitors are entitled to enjoy the city, but if it is to develop and become even more attractive, then we all must be more conscious about how we share and access our roads, streets, avenues and laneways. “Cities are closed systems in which resources, activities and actions must be in harmony to ensure their attractiveness and sustainability. At the moment Hobart is just able to allow car drivers to believe that they will find a parking place ver y close to their ultimate destination,” Alderman Valentine says. “This luxury cannot last and although it is unlikely car use will reduce in Hobart unless there is a significant increase in the cost of ownership, Council has to plan for the day when car use may decline. Support for improved public transport, cycling access- ways and a safe pedestr ian network should be seen as responsible adjuncts to the continuing use of cars. “Council’s aim is to provide a city centre where all residents and visitors can have their retail and commercial needs resolved, where people can choose to reside, to visit, to enjoy, to party and to keep coming back. It should be a place where people want to be rather than need to be.” The Hobart City Council is undertaking a comprehensive consultation program over an eight-week period from 28 March to 22 May 2011 to obtain feedback and community views on the recommendations documented in the Gehl Report. Visit the Council’s website at w w w.hobartcity.com.au to download a copy of the Gehl Report and see how you can build our city for the future. We welcome your participation! Opposite page: Franklin Square, Hobart. This page, from left: The Gehl Architects report; Elizabeth Street Mall; Hobart waterfront In our community April / May 2011 7
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