A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Infrastructure and assets fit for the future
Focus: Managing and improving existing assets – including pavements, street furniture, carriageways, bridges, tunnels, signals and the wider urban realm – or ensuring that vehicles are as clean, quiet and safe as possible.
For example: Using new materials such as photo-luminescent paint, noise reducing barriers/materials, solar-powered infrastructure/lighting or new designs for street furniture.
More efficient/flexible use of space
Focus: Designing and using available space more efficiently and flexibly by time of day, supporting movement as well as vibrant places, and improving safety for vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists.
For example: ‘Reversible’ new city living spaces and initiatives to give streets a makeover in imaginative, low-cost ways or to bring under-used or blighted spaces back to life.
Intelligent systems and management
Focus: Developing and implementing smarter systems and using new technologies to get more out of the network, and delivering more reliable journeys and improved customer experience.
For example: Bus or cycle lanes incorporating LED lighting to improve the reliability and operation of the road network.
Changing behaviour/managing demand
Focus: Encouraging people and businesses to make changes to how, when or
whether they travel, and designing the city and activities to reduce the need to travel.
For example: Reducing the number of journeys or shifting the time or mode of travel.
Innovative lighting sounds great - I loved having the lights in the tree by the gym at Christmas. And I'm all for greening & artwork.
Wow - ice berg bins. What a great idea. I'd be interested in encouraging more cycling by introducing intelligently planned cycle ways. The only alarm bell with the above is that well thought out planning of the kind that enhances sustainable transportation is rarely low cost - although when done well, brings its economic rewards in the longer term - alongside the social and environmental.
Really interesting opportunity.
It may be out of scope for this funding - or it might connect with the changing behaviour / reducing travel strand...
...but I'd love to see an empty shop space in Myddleton Road turned into a workspace hub. Somewhere with desks to use and maybe shared resources like computers, a photocopier, printers, fast Wi-fi for online conferencing and a meeting room with decent coffee etc. Having a good place to work and meet locally could mean many journeys into the city could be avoided - with the added benefit of connecting-up local people who might contribute to shared projects and new enterprises.
A further advantage would be to have a space in the neighbourhood that, outside of working hours, could be used for other community projects - supporting people get online, or like the amazing 826 Valencia project in San Francisco a creative writing support centre for school students as outlined in this video below:
Really good ideas suggested so far and would be happy to see any of them pop up on the road. Anything that starts to get across the idea that the street is actually meant for people would be great - I love the road but it is rather dominated by car parking at the moment. Might be a bit controversial but stealing some of those parking bays (in a reversible way) to make a bit of space for whatever ideas make it in the bid could be a plan.
A few other random ideas to throw into the pot:
- around the time we first moved to Bounds Green there was a nice little list of things to do on Myddleton Road up on the community noticeboard (link here) - there could be a way of developing this idea in to a few temporary and very local Legible London style boards highlighting the things to do on the road or within walking/cycle distance? Depending on the design it could also incorporate a bit of history about the street or local art...
- creating some clear zones for people to stop and chat with a bit of clever colour on the pavement, benches, a bit of greenery and maybe even some street play equipment (or a hopscotch grid or two).
- this might be a question of space but making the road two-way for cyclists is meant to be a good way of encouraging mode shift
What excellent ideas. I wonder if themed artwork on Myddleton Road could follow the passage of the New River underground. If it started from the Wood Green area it might even draw in curious people who were not even aware of the existence of Myddleton Road.
Yes! A vibrant place that hums with colour, singing bins, play and conversation - a street that is people friendly and not dominated by cars - the balance moving to pedestrians and cyclists; more amenity space. The environment - adding colour to the street. I like the idea of creating some clear zones for people to stop and chat and street play equipment... places for adults to play and read with children- an outdoor book area for adults and children to talk about and share books. Also workshop hubs which might be cross generational - older and younger people sharing skills. Talking/debating area - to encourage conversation between people... colourful signs which advertise that the purpose of the street is to explore ways in which local people feel able to make connections with each other across the generations. A box in the street for posting responses to this initiative to encourage further communication - the idea that the project is part of an exploratory process that involves locals. The work of the strategy group is inspiring!
Hi Toby - did the Regeneration Team manage to get in an expression of interest by the 1st June deadline?
Yes indeed. Thanks to some good work by the various members of We Love Myddleton Road we came up with some great ideas for Haringey Council to submit an expression of interest.
It was great to hear so many good ideas from everyone - we'll keep this forum updated when we hear back from TfL.
Thanks to everyone who helped.
That's great news - good work everyone involved. Fingers crossed for some useful/positive feedback.
There might be a better place to put this but if a similar bid ever comes along then this would go high on my wish list for Myddleton Rd:
A 'parklet' that turns a parking space (or a couple if they are going spare) into a bike park/seating/green space. The first one in the UK has just gone in near Old Street supported by Sustrans > http://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/busy-london-street-reclaimed. There's quite a few pictures on Twitter if you follow the links but here's one that captures it well: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CJAMJuNWsAAMlpc.jpg.
There's a few spots on Myddleton I can imagine this working as part of a trial...