“A cultural renaissance and an urban transformation, taking in pedestrianisation, extension of cycle lanes, recovery of historical and natural heritage, rehabilitation of buildings and public spaces, and an increase in green areas and pedestrian walkways.”
Do we want to pedestrianise more of Sidmouth?
The Spanish town of Pontevedra has done so:
A metro-style map of Pontevedra shows typical walking times
As for accessibility for the elderly and not-so-abled, this works very well:
“ Since 1999 Pontevedra has seen intense urban renewal and cultural revival, positively influencing the local economy. In the 21st century the city of Pontevedra has undergone both a cultural renaissance and an urban transformation, taking in the pedestrianisation of the city centre, extension of cycle lanes, recovery of the historical and natural heritage, rehabilitation of buildings and public spaces, and an increase in green areas and pedestrian walkways. Unlike the other six large cities of Galicia, which have lost inhabitants to neighboring municipalities, Pontevedra’s population is currently increasing.
It has become one of the most accessible cities for disabled people, receiving a national prize for this in 2006, along with the European “Intermodes” award in 2013, the UN Habitat Award in 2014 and the Award of the Center of Active Design in New York in 2015. Pontevedra’s model for responsible mobility is currently seen as an international reference
Meanwhile in Sidmouth, there have been major roadworks going on:
There are reports that some Sidmouth residents – rather than a) driving a bit of a detour to get into town, or b) walking/cycling into town – prefer to take their car to Hontion.
The question is, then, how can people overcome a slight inconvenience for the opportunity to saunter freely along car-free streets?
If we had more services and facilities within an easy walk:
Then people might see ‘car free’ as a real positive: