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2018 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY NORTHCOTE SUMMER

AitkenTaylor People.Place.Design.


Report credits The following report has been prepared for Panuku Development Auckland by: AitkenTaylor Urban Design & Landscape Architecture L1 19-21 Maxwell Rd Blenheim New Zealand Contact t. +64 21 176 5655 e. hello@aitkentaylor.co.nz w. aitkentaylor.co.nz

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Survey & Report:

Survey Volunteers:

Den Aitken Director AitkenTaylor

Alex Bonham Carlos Anchieta Christine Price Damian Powley Den Aitken Gabriela Glory Gabriella Jimenez Rojas Joyce Habgood Krystal Alferez Linnea Calov Jacobsen Lloyd Atherfold Meredith Dale Morgan Reeve Paige Herbst Raewyn Davie-Martin Sara Zwart Tim Duhamel

Linnea Calov Jacobsen Landscape Architect AitkenTaylor Panuku Development Auckland Project Team: Morgan Reeve Programme Leader Masterplanning Panuku Development Auckland

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Contents 1.0 SURVEY INTRODUCTION 1.1 Introduction and purpose 1.2 Survey locations 1.3 Survey method

2.0 SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS 2.1 Public life at a glance 2.2 Pedestrian movements 2.3 Pedestrian destinations 2.4 Pedestrian heat map 2.5 Cycle movements 2.6 Stationary activity 2.7 Stationary activity locations 2.8 Stationary activity heat map 2.9 Age and gender 2.10 Seating Occupancy

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3.1 Pedestrian traffic 3.2 Pedestrian trends 3.3 Cycle traffic 3.4 Cycle trends 3.5 Stationary activity 3.6 Stationary activity trends 3.7 Age and gender 3.8 Age and gender trends 3.9 Seating Occupancy 3.10 Comparing pedestrian traffic weekday vs weekend 3.11 Comparing cycle traffic weekday vs weekend 3.12 Comparing stationary activity weekday vs weekend

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4.1 Audit overview 4.2 Audit method 4.3 Greenslade Reserve 4.4 Town Square 4.5 Pearn Place 4.6 Northcote Library Square 4.7 Cadness Reserve

5.3 Pedestrian activity 5.3 Cycling activity 5.3 Stationary activity 5.4 Age and gender 5.6 Place audit

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1.1 Introduction and purpose

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“The Northcote of 2030 will be a growing community, with a lively and welcoming heart that celebrates culture, and where business thrives and everyone’s needs are met.”

Panuku Development Auckland have been tasked with the regeneration of all land and buildings within the Northcote town centre - part of an ambitious vision to establish a “lively and welcoming Northcote, with community, culture and business at its heart”.

In simple terms Public Life Surveys are a tool for measuring the quality and health of public spaces in an urban environment. In practical terms they are invaluable for ensuring that people, and the quality of their lives, are brought to the forefront of urban planning.

To achieve this, more knowledge is needed regarding the users of the town centre - who they are, how they move about, where they are going, what they do when they get there, and how long they stay.

The objective for the following report therefore is threefold:

Northcote Town centre Reference Design (Draft).

The methodology of the following Public Life Survey is based on the empirical research of renowned Urban Designer Jan Gehl and looks to change this, focusing instead on ‘public life’ - including pedestrian and cycle movements and activities, comfort and perception, access and connectivity and user safety.

Almost all cities record vehicular traffic, economic growth, housing development, noise and pollution, yet little is recorded regarding people in public spaces their movements and experiences.

• Quantitatively measure the existing state of public life within the Northcote Town centre; • Capture the challenges influencing public life; and • Reflect opportunities to inform positive change. Den Aitken Director + Landscape Architect NZILA (Registered) w +64 21 1765655 e. hello@aitkentaylor.co.nz w. aitkentaylor.co.nz

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Pedestrian & cycling counting locations 01 - Greenway A* 02 - Greenway B* 03 - Greenway C 04 - Lake Road A 05 - Lake Road B 06 - Lake Road C 07 - Pearn Crescent 08 - Pearn Place 09 - Kilham Avenue 10 - Ernie Mays Street 11 - Cadness Reserve Gateway

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1.3 Survey method Public Life Surveys (PLS) are an observation method for generating quantitative data regarding ‘life’ in our streets, squares, parks and other public environments. They capture evidence based data that reflects the relationships between people and their surrounding environments. This information is then used to help inform design strategies that place people at the centre of future planning process. For Northcote, the survey gathered data in six key areas:

01. Pedestrian movements | Pedestrian surveys register the number of pedestrians walking within the survey area. The registrations provide an indication of activity levels, destinations that attract people and indications of where users are walking to and from. The pedestrian counts were carried out in 10-minute periods, every hour between 8 am and 8 pm, Wednesday the 7th and Saturday the 10th of March. Pedestrians moving on both sides of surveyed streets have been counted (between building edge and building edge). 02. Stationary Activities | Registration of activities provides a snapshot of the people spending time in the town centre and provide an overview of the ‘staying’ activities occurring throughout the day, such as standing, sitting, playing, working, and engaging in sports, cultural or commercial activities. Stationary activity registration is carried out by walking through a designated public space, from one end to the other, and registering all activities passed on the way.

03. Cycle Movements | Like pedestrian movements, cycle movements are a registration of cyclists within the survey area. For this survey, cycle registrations were carried out in 10-minute periods, every hour between 8 am and 8 pm, Wednesday the 7th and Saturday the 10th of March. 04. Age & Gender | An age and gender survey provides a picture of the diversity of users moving through the centre. The balance between different age groups, and between genders, is an indicator of the quality, safety and integration of public spaces. This data was registered every second hour between 10 am and 6 pm Wednesday the 7th and Saturday the 10th of March, with each registration including a minimum sample size of 100 people.

05. Place Audit | Our place audit provides important experiential information regarding the quality of a given public space, through an evaluation of aspects such as comfort, sociability, access and safety. The survey was undertaken between 10 am Tuesday the 6th of March and 9 pm Saturday the 10th of March with several visits to each survey location. 06. Seating Occupancy | Comfortable, well placed seating in the public realm is an invitation for people to sit and spend time. This may be primary seating, secondary seating (such as stairs) and outdoor cafe seating. Our seating occupancy evaluation reflects the number of seating opportunities available and also the occupancy of this seating at any one time. The survey was undertaken throughout the entire survey area every second hour between 10 am and 6 pm Wednesday the 7th and Saturday the 10th of March No unusual events (festivals, markets, protests etc.) that could affect the data took place on the day/s of the survey.

Stationary activities within this report were registered every second hour between 8 am and 6 pm on Wednesday the 7th and Saturday the 10th of March.

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2.1 Public life at a glance

Pedestrian Movements

Cycle Movements

Stationary Activity

Pedestrian movement is largely restricted to three locations: Pearn Pl, Pearn Cres and most notably Greenway C in the vicinity of the supermarket. Outside of these areas the pedestrian count is very low, leading to the conclusion that people are not walking to, or even around the town centre. Creating a more pleasant and safe environment for walking would encourage more local residents to walk to the town centre. Pedestrian movement is also significantly heightened at Greenway C (outside the supermarket) in the weekends, where a 63% increase over weekday movements was recorded. This indicates that the presence of the supermarket has a profound influence over the level of activity in the town centre. The challenge for the Northcote Centre as a whole is to provide reasons and opportunities for users of the supermarket to spend longer in other parts of the centre and its environs.

Cycle movements within the centre as a whole were low, with most cycle movement occurring on Lake Rd rather than within the centre itself. Provision of more facilities for cyclists such as well placed bicycle racks and drinking fountains would encourage more cycle movements, as would a completed safe route to and from the centre. Currently there are no safe routes or meaningful dedicated cycleways to the centre, which is the main deterrent to an increased cycle count. Only recreational cyclists were observed, with no commuter cycling evident at all. It is noted that a safe cycle route is currently under construction on Lake Rd, although this is outside the area surveyed. With a relatively large population living within easy cycling distance from the centre it would be worthwhile encouraging a higher level of cycle movements by establishing a safe connection to the town centre via the new cycle route.

Stationary activity levels observed in the Northcote centre are relatively low given the opportunities present for seating. The Town Square was the most well used, accounting for approximately 35% of all registered activities. The distribution of registered activities also tends to be quite concentrated with little cross over of activities across the survey sites, while Greenslade Reserve was all but absent of activity during the weekday survey. It was observed that all of the public spaces surveyed in the town centre are considerably compromised in terms of their usabililty and desirability for stationary activity. An upgrade of these facilities in line with the recommendations in this report would encourage visitors to use and spend more time in the centre. Creating pleasant spaces for people to linger and more reasons for people to move within the centre would help to address the lack of people choosing to move beyond the supermarket.

The total number of pedestrian movements recorded across all sites (both days) was 30,576; 13,896 recorded weekday and 16,680 recorded on the weekend;

Cycle movements registered over the two survey days totalled 222 - with a total of 72 weekday registrations and 150 registrations during the Saturday survey;

The highest number of weekday pedestrian movements was registered at site Greenway C - totalling 4,656 movements per hour;

43% of all cycle movements were registered on Lake Rd - east of the town centre;

The total number of stationary activities recorded across both survey days was 485 226 on Wednesday and 259 on Saturday; 100 activities were registered at The Town Square, the highest weekday registration;

9 sites in total were surveyed. One site was entirely absent of cycle movements across both survey days, while a further two sites were absent of cycle movements on the Saturday survey day;

Greenslade Reserve was the most popular spot during the weekend survey with 126 registered activities (a game of organised cricket was underway);

Of the activities registered, sitting (benches, secondary seating and cafe chairs) was by and large the most popular activity;

Activity registrations after 6 pm were largely consistent during the week, however these dipped significantly during the weekend survey, accounting for only 4% of all weekend activity registrations;

There is no obvious activity peak during the weekday survey, however weekend activity steadily increased until a peak at approximately midday after which activities slowly decreased until survey close.

The highest number of weekend pedestrian movements was also registered at site Greenway C - totalling 7,596 which was a 63% increase on weekday registrations;

Greenway C, Pearn Pl and Pearn Cres account for 74% of all registered weekday movements and 80% of all registered weekend movements;

Peak weekday pedestrian movement occurs between 8-9 am, accounting for approximately 13.5% of all registered daily movements;

Peak weekend movements occur at 12 pm and account for 11.6% of all registered foot traffic.

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Peak cycle movements were recorded between 8 - 9 am on both survey days, accounting for 35% of all registered movements;

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2.1 Public life at a glance

Age & gender Study

Seating occupancy

Place Audit

The Northcote Town Centre is particularly under-utilised outside of business hours, with notably less user numbers at this time of day amongst older people and women. This would indicate that the centre is not perceived as a particularly comfortable or safe environment. The data indicates that children and young people are under-represented and young men are over-represented generally as a demographic at the centre. Development and facilities that target the under-represented groups would enhance the appeal of the centre for families and encourage a higher level of use by children. Making sure the centre is clean, tidy, free of graffiti and appears cared for also creates an impression of a safer and more pleasant place to spend time.

Seating occupancy within the town centre was found to be low, although plenty of opportunity is provided in terms of both primary and secondary seating. Seating is generally old, in bad repair or badly sited in spaces that do not invite the visitor to linger. A new furniture palette providing attractive and comfortable seating options in appropriate locations would encourage a higher level of seating occupancy, however other factors such as the quality of the surrounding spaces also play a large part in discouraging or encouraging activity. Secondary seating around the centre is also not well used, with large areas of seating in areas that are not receiving high levels of use generally. Again, the quality of the surrounding space as a whole will have a large influence on the frequency of use of the seating.

Generally speaking the open space network within the town centre is underwhelming. While each of the areas performs well in one or two audit categories, none perform well across all of the categories. As such each could be significantly enhanced to better perform for the end user.

1,000 total pedestrians were surveyed between 10 am and 6 pm on Wednesday 7th and Saturday 10th March (recorded at Pearn Pl);

Across both survey days gender split is approximately 52/48 in favour of male users;

Registrations of children (0-6) and users under the age of 14 are particularly low, together equating to approximately 6% of all users. Identical surveys carried out in Manukau and Onehunga town centres registered these groups at 11%;

Over 65’s are well represented and equate to 11.2% of the total survey population;

During business hours the gender split is 50/50, however after 6 pm female users dip significantly to 43%.

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The total number of people registered sitting was 215 - 126 on Wednesday and 89 on Saturday;

Cafe seats had the highest occupancy with 28% of all registrations;

Public seating at the library square was popular with parents supervising children on the playground;

The large central seating area (beneath tree) was consistently used during the survey period, however, overall occupancy was less than 20%;

Large areas of secondary public seating are offered at the eastern end of the township, however, availability currently exceeds demand.

The Place Audit is the only study within this report that uses a qualitative methodology for assessment, focusing on an experiential assessment of selected public spaces within the survey area. To maximise the value of this method the outcomes are best considered in tandem with the quantifiable data gathered from the stationary activity surveys. For example a score of 17 out of a possible 24 was registered at Northcote Library Square - one of the highest registered in the town centre - despite this area not faring especially well with regards to stationary activities. The registered score acknowledges the potential of the space, however the poor edge quality of the surrounding built environment has a marked influence on how well this space is utilised. On the other hand the lowest assigned Place Audit score, 4 out of 24, was registered at Greenslade Reserve, despite this area registering the highest levels of weekend stationary activity. The reserve is largely mono-functional and outside of organised sports and/or events offers little in the way of public life.

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2.2 Pedestrian movements Overview

Northcote pedestrian traffic - Wednesday

Northcote pedestrian traffic - Saturday

Recommendations

A high quality walking network ensures safe, easy and pleasant walking routes throughout the urban environment. Convenient and uninterrupted connections should bring people from one end of town to the other, linking key destinations.

The number of weekday pedestrian movements recorded across all survey sites totalled 13,896. The highest level of foot traffic - 4,656 movements - was registered at the Greenway C site, followed by Pearn Pl (3,534) and Pearn Crescent (2,076). Together these three locations account for almost 75% of all registered pedestrian movements.

The number of weekend pedestrian movements registered across all survey sites totalled 16,680 - a 20% increase on weekday movements.

XL Mix the uses - position an appropriate balance of activities within walking distance of one another. Neighbourhoods that have a diverse mix of destinations have significantly higher numbers of people walking then those that don’t.

When walking the wider Northcote Town Centre however, many streets are experienced as transit corridors which prioritise vehicle movements at the expense of the pedestrians. As a result pedestrian movements, particularly between the retail heart and the surrounding residential community, are very low. Generally speaking walking is largely restricted to three key locations: Greenway C (adjacent to the supermarket), Pearn Pl and Pearn Cres, together accounting for 77% of all recorded pedestrian movements. In these spaces the street environments are typically vibrant and active. Outside of these locations pedestrian movements are typically sparse and very little public life exists. This suggests that while some vibrancy exits in the centre of town, walking to and from the centre is not seen as a desirable mode of transport, despite the walkable proximity of the town centre to its surrounding neighbourhoods (2013 Census data suggests that as many as 5,000 residents live within a 5min walk of the town centre).

Pedestrian movements peak during the 8 am and 9 am surveys (accounting for 13.5% of all daily movements), and while largely consistent throughout the day, dip by approximately 30% after 6 pm. Outside of the aforementioned survey sites pedestrian movement is very low. The remaining six survey sites account for only 25% of all recorded movements. This is somewhat surprising given the close proximity of residential housing to the town centre, however this also reflects the priority afforded to private vehicle use in both the centre and wider environs.

Once again the highest density of foot traffic was registered at the Greenway C location - 7,596 recorded movements - a staggering 63% increase on weekday movements. This increase is likely attributed to users accessing the Countdown supermarket, and could well be related to the grocery shopping pattern of Northcote. Note: countrywide Saturday is the busiest day for physical retail stores. (https://www.bnz.co.nz/assets/business-banking-helpsupport/online-retail-sales-index/pdfs/or2014-04.pdf?v=1) Like the weekday survey, Pearn Pl (3,582 pedestrian movements) and Pearn Crescent (2,202 pedestrian movements) were the busiest survey locations, after Greenway C, with registrations almost identical to the weekday survey. Compared to the weekday counts, the town centre comes to life a little later in the day (at 10 am) and peak pedestrian movement occurs at 12 pm.

L Establish a complete pedestrian network that provides a safe and pleasant walking experience between the town centre and the surrounding residential development. This should include an appropriate lighting palette to encourage evening use; M Improve edge quality. Public space is only as good as its edges. Large under-utilised spaces, be they green or grey (reserves or car parking areas) often lack a sense of enclosure and comfort for pedestrians and discourage walking. S. Improve the level of service for pedestrians, by prioritising pedestrian movement and providing better access and circulation into and within the town centre.

Foot traffic remains fairly steady throughout the day and while this decreases slowly in the late afternoon, evening counts (after 6 pm) are approximately 37% higher than those captured during the week. A 47% increase in pedestrian movements was also registered at the Lake Rd C site which may reflect the increase in stationary activity within the adjacent Greenslade Reserve.

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While the centre boasts a largely welcoming human scale, the connections to the centre are typically low quality, characterised by wide street crossings, narrow paths and poorly maintained linkages.

DISCLAIMER: This map/plan is illustrative only and all information should be independently verified on site before taking any action. Copyright Auckland Council. Land Parcel Boundary information from LINZ (Crown Copyright Reserved). Whilst due care has been taken, Auckland Council gives no warranty as to the accuracy and plan completeness of any information on this map/plan and accepts no liability for any error, omission or use of the information. Height datum: Auckland 1946.

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DISCLAIMER: This map/plan is illustrative only and all information should be independently verified on site before taking any action. Copyright Auckland Council. Land Parcel Boundary information from LINZ (Crown Copyright| Reserved). WhilstLife due Survey care has been taken, AitkenTaylor 2018 Public | Northcote Auckland Council gives no warranty as to the accuracy and plan completeness of any information on this map/plan and accepts no liability for any error, omission or use of the information.

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Overview

Northcote cycle survey - Wednesday

Northcote cycle survey - Saturday

Recommendations

Regular cycle activity can act as a health indicator for the provision, quality and experience of a town centre’s bicycle infrastructure. Like walking and stationary activities, town centres that provide safe routes and adequate facilities record consistent movements, whereas centres that do not provide often miss out.

Cycle movements registered during the Weekday survey totalled 72, and were largely restricted to three sites - Lake Rd A (24), Ernie Mays St (18) and Pearn Place (12).

Weekend cycle movements totalled 150, an increase of almost 110% on weekday registrations. Observations suggest that this increase in cyclists can typically be attributed to recreational cyclists - often travelling in groups along Lake Rd.

XL Establish a complete cycle network that connects the town centre with the wider environment, including ferry and bus depots and the proposed Harbour Bridge walking and cycle crossing. The new safe cycle route on Lake Rd needs to be extended and integrated into the town centre to facilitate safe entry and exit for cyclists.

Generally speaking, there is little infrastructure and/or facilities within the town centre to support cycling and no obvious cycle network to speak of. Cycling in and around the town centre is very much for “enthused and confident” users and as such recorded cycle observations are restricted largely to recreational cyclists.

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Outside of these sites however cycle movements are very limited - no cycle movements at all were registered at three of the none survey sites.

Of the movements registered, these are typically limited to one area, Lake Rd (A, B & C), with minimal movements outside of this area.

L Establish a neighbourhood cycle network, connecting the residential neighbourhood with the town centre.

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2.6 Stationary activity Overview

Northcote stationary activity - Wednesday

Northcote stationary activity - Saturday

Recommendations

The stationary activity survey records both the number of stationary activities within the town centre and the distribution and type of activities. A high number of people engaged in diverse activities tells the story of a popular town centre with a range of inviting spaces. Typically, neighbourhoods that provide a generous and diverse range of activities record significantly higher levels of stationary activity than those that don’t.

226 stationary activities were recorded at the five survey sites during the Wednesday survey, and while not peaking until approximately 4 pm, remain largely consistent throughout the day. This includes activity outside of regular business hours with activity levels registered between 6 pm and 7 pm still exceeding those registered at 12 pm (midday).

259 stationary activities were recorded across the sites during the Saturday survey - a 32% increase on weekday activity registrations. This increase can be entirely attributed to an organised sports activity (cricket) within Greenslade Reserve, which accounted for approximately 50% of all weekend activity registrations.

XL Establish a legible public space network in terms of hierarchy, connectivity, character and identity and use this to target more invitations for public life. This should look to better connect primary pedestrian routes with desirable destinations and recreational spaces.

Of all the sites surveyed, the Town Square site was the most well used of each area and accounted for 44% of all registered activities. This area offers a comfortable, largely human scaled environment with multiple seating opportunities in both full sun and shade. However, while numerous eateries and retail stores border the space, the vast majority do not typically invite users to sit outside and the edges of these buildings are often inactive.

When compared to weekday registrations however, the remaining survey sites each saw a reduction in registered activity levels of 30% - 45%. Trends of activity were also significantly different to those registered during the week, peaking at 12 pm and falling sharply after 4 pm.

Generally speaking, the activity levels present in the town centre are low with a total of only 485 activities registered over the two days1. The Town Square was the most heavily used and, accounts for approximately 35% of all these registered activities. The distribution of registered activities also tends to be quite concentrated with little cross over of activities across the survey sites. For example, Greenslade Reserve, utilised for organised sports during the Saturday survey - with 126 activities recorded - was all but absent of activity during the weekday survey.

Positive levels of activity were also registered at the Library Square site, with many young families utilising the small but functional play area. As with much of the built form within the township the building edges fronting this space are largely blank, significantly contributing to a lack of appeal outside of peak times.

Interestingly however, with the exclusion of Greenslade Reserve, the distribution of activities across the sites was almost identical to that of the weekday survey with the Town Square accounting for approximately 50% of counts, Pearn Place for 20%, Library Square for 30% and Cadness Reserve less than 10%. In comparison similar trends were recorded at Onehunga and Manukau - both favours retail activities over reserve / park activity.

L Upgrade and strengthen the character and primary function of the individual public spaces. While each space should not compete with the other, overlapping activities/ options encourage a greater distribution across different times of the day. M Work with land/business owners to activate building edges, particularly those interfacing with key public spaces, to invite higher levels of public life - activity ‘spilling out’ of buildings and into the public realm. S Explore programming and activation opportunities for public spaces, ensuring that appropriate activities are on offer for different age groups at different times of the day.

Cadness Reserve, while spacious and reasonably well connected to its surrounding neighbourhood context, is not currently seen as an inviting environment, registering only 20 activities across the day (almost all of which occurred between 4 pm and 6 pm), while Greenslade Reserve was all but absent of activity with only two activities registered throughout the day.

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Waiting for transport Commercially active Cultural activities Standing Physical activities Children playing Lying down Sitting on café chairs  Sitting on benches  Sitting, secondary seating 

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2.9 Age and gender Overview

Northcote age & gender study - Wednesday

Northcote age & gender study - Saturday

Recommendations

Age and gender studies are an important measure that tell a lot about the quality of public spaces, providing a picture of who uses and moves through the city.

The following list provides information regarding age and gender breakdowns, taken from a survey sample size of 500 people.

The following list provides information regarding age and gender breakdowns, taken from a survey sample size of 500 people.

A balance between genders, alongside a diverse mix of age groups, suggests that users feel safe and comfortable in the space.

Children

0 - 6 years old

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Children

0 - 6 years old

3.2%

XL Strengthen the edges of existing public spaces and ensure that key pedestrian links overlap with mixed functions and at mixed times. Ensure these spaces and links are of high quality and are regularly maintained. Make sure the town centre is clean, tidy, free of graffiti and appears cared for;

Youth

7 - 14 years old

4.8%

Youth

7 - 14 years old

2.6%

Generally speaking, gender splits in the town centre are balanced during business hours (10 am - 6 pm), however beyond 6 pm female users dip to 43%. Likewise the 65+ user group make up less than 10% of all users after 6 pm, likely reflecting that outside of regular business hours the centre is not perceived as a particularly comfortable or safe environment.

Male

15 - 30 years old

16.2%

Male

15 - 30 years old

17.4%

Female

15 - 30 years old

25.6%

Female

15 - 30 years old

27.8%

Male

31 - 64 years old

17.8%

Male

31 - 64 years old

17.2%

Female

31 - 64 years old

20.6%

Female

31 - 64 years old

20.8%

Children (0-6) account for 3.4% of all users and the 7-14 year age group are not much higher at 3.7% across both survey days.

Male & female

65 years old and over

11.4%

Male & female

65 years old and over

11%

L Encourage development that mixes functions and supports public life outside of business hours to invite all user groups at various times of the day; M Promote greater visibility into buildings and greater activation of building edges - ‘eyes-on-the-street’. Many of the eateries interfacing with the public realm are visually impermeable while for the most part the buildings bordering the library square area are almost entirely inactive; S Develop a lighting strategy - to provide general safety, to create a pleasant walking experience and to add atmosphere;

The 15-30 year old age group - both male and female - are the highest user group by a significant margin.

Age and gender comparisons with similar sited centres Manukau

Northcote

Onehunga

42

45 41 35

33

14 4

0-6

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7-14

3

15-30

31-64

65+

5

5

0-6

7-14

15-30

31-64

65+

35

15 10

0-6

6

7-14

15-30

31-64

65+

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2.10 Seating Occupancy N

271

Public seats available in Northcote town centre

+ 16

Cafe seats total 10+ seats 7 - 10 seats

18% Primary seating

2.4% Secondary seating

4 - 6 seats

28% Private seats, cafe

1 - 3 seats Available seats

Occupancy surveyed

Overview

Northcote seating occupancy - Wednesday

Northcote seating occupancy - Saturday

Recommendations

Well-positioned, comfortable seating, placed with consideration of a good micro-climate and interesting activities is essential to a successful pedestrian experience. Good public seating transforms pedestrian passages into recreational spaces, in return adding to the vibrancy and atmosphere of the space.

126 people were registered sitting during the Wednesday survey. The highest occupancy was registered at the edge of The Library Square - a single bench seat that was continuously utilised at all times during the survey. Seating beneath the large elm tree within the centre of Pearn Place was also a popular spot, however a number of seats within this spot were free at any given time. The ‘picnic’ style benches, also beneath the large elm tree, were consistently busy - some registering over 90% occupancy.

89 people were recorded sitting during the Saturday survey, and the highest occupancy was again surveyed near the library. The outdoor cafe tables were also well utilised and registered some of the highest occupancy rates for the day at approximately 25%.

XL Establish a hierarchy of seating throughout the centre to ensure that the busiest areas are well catered to and microclimates are supported.

Outdoor cafe tables were also popular with an occupancy rate between 30% - 45%. Public transport seating at the bus hub was typically busy with an overall 33% occupancy rate.

Occupancy of seats at the bus station/hub reduced from weekday counts, dipping to approximately 21% occupancy, and overall the town centre saw a drop in seating occupancy from 11% to 7.8%.

The seating audit within the town centre was registered once every two hours between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday the 7th and Saturday the 10th of March. Seating is provided for up to 271 people, 167 were secondary seating options such as planter boxes and ledges. The total number of outdoor cafe seats registered within the survey area is 16, all of which belong to two neighbouring cafés. AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote

The space beneath the elm tree at Pearn Place dropped to approximately 25% occupancy but were generally still well utilised.

L Work with eateries to encourage a higher level of outdoor seating opportunities - remembering to support seasonal change/requirements. M Establish a new furniture palette that celebrates a sense of identity and invites mixed uses (benches, perch seats, bean bags etc.) S Encourage greater use of the central lawn with informal seating - including trialling temporary seating options such as courtyard tables and/or bean bags.

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3.1 Pedestrian traffic Total pedestrian movements counted Wednesday the 7th March 2018 Weekday

Total pedestrians: 13,896

8,000

7,000

Pedestrians per day (8 am - 8 pm)

6,000

5,000

4,656

4,000

3,000

2,000

1,000

30

11 - Cadness Reserve Gateway

10 - Ernie Mays Street

09 - Kilham Ave

08 - Pearn Place

07 - Pearn Cres

06 - Lake Rd C

05 - Lake Rd B

04 - Lake Rd A

03 - Greenway C

0

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3.1 Pedestrian traffic Total pedestrian movements counted Saturday the 10th March 2018 Weekend

Total pedestrians: 16,680

8,000 7,596 7,000

Pedestrians per day (8 am - 8 pm)

6,000

5,000

4,000

3,000

2,000

1,000

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11 - Cadness Reserve Gateway

10 - Ernie Mays Street

09 - Kilham Ave

08 - Pearn Place

07 - Pearn Cres

06 - Lake Rd C

05 - Lake Rd B

04 - Lake Rd A

03 - Greenway C

0

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3.2 Pedestrian trends Total combined pedestrian movements counted Wednesday the 7th March 2018 Weekday

Total pedestrians: 13,896

2,000 1,750

Total pedestrian movements per day

1,500

1,476

1,250 1,000 750 500 250 0

8

9

10

11

12

AM PM

32

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

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3.2 Pedestrian trends Total combined pedestrian movements counted Saturday the 10th March 2018 Weekend 2,000

Total pedestrians: 16,680 1,944

1,750

Total pedestrian movements per day

1,500 1,250 1,000 750 500 250 0

8

9

10

11

12

am pm

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01

02

03

04

05

06

07

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3.3 Cycle traffic Total cyclist movements counted Wednesday the 7th March 2018 Weekday

Total cyclists: 72

80

Cyclists per day (8 am - 8 pm)

60

40

20 24 10

34

11 - Cadness Reserve Gateway

10 - Ernie Mays Street

09 - Kilham Ave

08 - Pearn Place

07 - Pearn Cres

06 - Lake Rd C

05 - Lake Rd B

04 - Lake Rd A

03 - Greenway C

0

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3.3 Cycle traffic Total cyclist movements counted Saturday the 10th March 2018 Weekend

Total cyclists: 150

80 72

Cyclists per day (8 am - 8 pm)

60

40

20

10

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11 - Cadness Reserve Gateway

10 - Ernie Mays Street

09 - Kilham Ave

08 - Pearn Place

07 - Pearn Cres

06 - Lake Rd C

05 - Lake Rd B

04 - Lake Rd A

03 - Greenway C

0

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3.4 Cycle trends Total combined cyclist movements counted Wednesday the 7th March 2018 Weekday

Total cyclists: 72

60

Cyclists per day (8 am - 8 pm)

50

40

30

20

10

0

8

9

10

11

12

am pm

36

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

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3.4 Cycle trends Total combined cyclist movements counted Saturday the 10th March 2018 Weekend

Total cyclists: 150

60

Cyclists per day (8 am - 8 pm)

50

8

40

30

20

10

0

8

9

10

11

12

am pm

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02

03

04

05

06

07

37


38 125 125

50 50

25 25

0 0 16 - Cadness Reserve

75

Weekend

15 - Northcote Library Square

150

14 - Pearn Place

150

13 - Town Square

100 Activities per day (8 am - 8 pm)

Total activities: 226

12 - Greenslade Reserve

16 - Cadness Reserve

Weekday

15 - Northcote Library Square

14 - Pearn Place

100

13 - Town Square

12 - Greenslade Reserve

Activities per day (8 am - 8 pm)

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3.5 Stationary activity

Total stationary activities counted at each survey area Total activities: 259

126

100

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3.6 Stationary activity trends Total combined stationary activities counted every hour between 10 am and 6 pm. Weekday

Total activities: 226

Weekend

80

Total activities: 259

80 70

40

60 Activities per day (8 am - 8 pm)

Activities per day (8 am - 8 pm)

60

36

40

20

20

0

0 10

12

am pm

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04

06

10

12

am pm

02

04

06

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3.7 Age and gender

Age & gender percentages registered every hour between 10 am and 6 pm on Wednesday the 7th and Saturday the 10th of March 2018 Total survey sample size: 1,808

100%

18%

15%

15% 20%

14%

16% 18%

20%

17% 15%

10%

20%

12 %

16%

12%

15%

0-6 Children

7-14 Young

14%

3%

6%

10%

9%

8%

6%

pm

15-29 Women

02

15-29 Men

Weekday

12

Weekend

am

17%

Weekday

10

13%

6%

Weekday

Weekday

0%

3%

14%

20%

30-64 Women

19%

17%

10%

8%

Weekend

4% 11%

Key:

20%

Weekend

20%

11%

23%

30%

15%

15% 20%

16%

18%

7% 10%

14%

8%

2%

04

Weekday

60% 18%

24%

16%

22%

16%

16%

16%

19%

Weekend

Age and Gender distribution (10 am - 6 pm)

19%

40

22%

11%

20%

80%

40%

17%

6%

12%

30-64 Men

06

Weekend

20%

25%

14%

16%

11%

65+

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3.8 Age and gender trends

Combined age & gender percentages registered every hour between 10 am and 6 pm on Wednesday the 7th and Saturday the 10th of March 2018 Weekday

Survey sample size: 844

55%

Weekend 50%

Men

45%

45%

40%

40%

35% 30%

Women

25% 20%

Survey sample size: 964

55%

Age and Gender distribution (10 am - 6 pm)

Age and Gender distribution (10 am - 6 pm)

50%

Total survey sample size: 1,808

15%

Men

35%

Women

30% 25% 20% 15%

0-14 65+

10%

10%

5%

5%

0%

0%

10

12

am pm

52%

02

Women account for approximately 52% of gender-based counts on weekdays

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04

54%

06

Men make up 54% of gender based counts on Saturday. Fathers with small children Saturday morning and groups of young men in the evening

0-14 65+

10

12

am pm

20% 25%

Age 65+ make up 25% of all counts Wednesday morning, and 20% Saturday morning. Numbers stay high through to midday.

02

04

28% 34%

06

Children, young and elderly make up 34% on Saturday and 28% on Wednesday

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3.9 Seating Occupancy Weekday

Average seating occupancy counted Wednesday the 7th March 2018

N

Seats occupied: 5 / 167

11%

Total recorded seating occupancy on weekdays.

Seats occupied: 21 / 104

10+ seats

20%

7 - 10 seats 4 - 6 seats 1 - 3 seats

42

Seats occupied: 6 / 287

Available seats

Occupancy surveyed

Primary seating

3%

34%

Secondary seating

Private seats, cafe

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Average seating occupancy counted Saturday the 10th March 2018 N

Seats occupied: 3 / 167

7.8%

Total recorded seating occupancy on Saturday.

Seats occupied: 16 / 104

10+ seats

Seats occupied: 4 / 287

15%

Primary seating

1.6%

22%

Secondary seating

Private seats, cafe

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Available seats

Occupancy surveyed

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8,000

Weekday Weekend

7,596

7,000

Pedestrians per day (8 am - 8 pm)

6,000

5,000

4,656

4,000

3,000

2,000

1,000

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11 - Cadness Reserve Gateway

10 - Ernie Mays Street

09 - Kilham Ave

08 - Pearn Place

07 - Pearn Cres

06 - Lake Rd C

05 - Lake Rd B

04 - Lake Rd A

03 - Greenway C

0

45


46 80

11 - Cadness Reserve Gateway

10 - Ernie Mays Street

09 - Kilham Ave

08 - Pearn Place

07 - Pearn Cres

06 - Lake Rd C

05 - Lake Rd B

30

04 - Lake Rd A

03 - Greenway C

Cyclists per day (8 am - 8 pm)

3.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY TRENDS

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3.11 Comparing cycle traffic weekday vs weekend

Weekday Weekend

72

70

60

50

40

24

20

10

0

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3.12 Comparing stationary activity weekday vs weekend

Weekday Weekend

150 126

125

100

Total recorded activities

100

75

50

25

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16 Cadness Reserve

15 Northcote Library Square

14 Pearn Place

13 Town Square

12 Greenslade Reserve

0

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4.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY PLACE AUDIT Pearn Place

4.1 Audit overview

Library Square

Town Square

Cadness Reserve

Greenslade Reserve

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4.2 Audit method Overview & Purpose

Using a qualitative approach to site analysis, surveyors undertake site visits to a selection of chosen public spaces, reviewing criteria such as comfort, access, sociability and provision of activities, with the intention of measuring the performance of these spaces.

Quality criteria and the questions we ask

Each site is visited several times throughout the survey period with a focus on spending time in the place several times on different days and at varying times of the day.

Comfort A successful space must provide both actual and perceived comfort to create a positive atmosphere. A space that achieves this will in turn be more successful in attracting people and making them stay longer, leading to even higher comfort levels. Comfort includes environmental comfort as well as the perceived and actual safety of a space.

Often seemingly ‘well designed’ public spaces are lacking the expected qualities that invite people to come together, linger and socialize - a key element in creating sustainable social communities.

The locations surveyed are then graded using numerical scores, based on how well the space contributes to each criteria – a positive response results in a score of two, a neutral response results in a score of one, and a negative response receives a score of zero.

Environment Includes protection from noise, dust, smells and other pollution as well as micro climate aspects such as wind and sun. Seating options and places to stand and linger also form part of the environment of a space.

The 5 spaces surveyed are:

Used in collaboration with the quantitative data captured within this report, these qualitative assessments can help provide further information regarding the health of the public realm.

Safety Are there people and activities in the space at all hours of the day? Lighting for safety at night and atmosphere? Adequate protection from vehicles?

The Place Audit is an exercise intended to assess how well a site is performing as a place, identify what the problems are and to begin to identify opportunities. The tool helps identify reasons as to why a space might not be performing as expected, reveals design faults that keep some users away and starts a dialogue about how spaces can be upgraded to better suit the needs of potential users.

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Greenslade Reserve Town Square Pearn Place Library Square Cadness Reserve

The idea for a Place Audit Methodology evolved out of a need to assess the spatial qualities of the public places surveyed throughout the report and to help identify possible causes behind the results found in the quantitative surveys. Our methodology is largely based on two previously developed place auditing tools; The Place Evaluating Tool developed by Project For Public Spaces and The Twelve Quality Criteria developed by Jan Gehl. The Place Evaluating Tool looks at sociability, accessibility, uses and the sanitary state of the built environment, The Twelve Quality Criteria focuses on a Gehl-style architectural evaluation looking at micro climate, human scale and places to sit, stand and watch. We consider both to be very useful tools and seek to combine the two in order to capture a broad range of information.

Methodology

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Perception Is the space perceived to be safe both day and night? Is it attractive and at a human scale? Pedestrian prioritised or dominated by vehicular movement? Clean and free of litter? Sociability While hard to achieve, a social place is a good place. Sociability indicates the diversity and social comfort of the people present in the public space. When people see friends and neighbours and feel comfortable talking to strangers, they’re more likely to feel connected to the place that fosters these interactions. A place with a wide spectrum of demographics is also a sign of a safe and comfortable space. Diversity Are both elderly and children present? People of different socio-economic groups Of different ethnicity? Balance between genders? Sociability Places to linger? Is it possible to have a conversation? Obvious places to sit together and have a conversation? Street life Are there: Many people present? Places to interact? Do the interactions between them seem friendly and welcoming? Are the space and the surrounding buildings of a human scale? Are the façades changing and engaging?

Access The accessibility of a space is based on its visual and physical connection to its surroundings. A successful public space is easy to get to and from, for everyone, and is visible from a distance and comprehensive up close. The quality of surrounding streets can also affect the desire to walk to and from a public space. Connectivity Is the space: in close proximity to different transport modes? Well linked to the surroundings, visually and physically? Easy to read with a clear continuity throughout? Are the paths well linked? Walkability Is the space itself easy to walk around? Is it linked to surrounding pedestrian paths? Do paths support desire lines? Are they interesting to walk through? Accessibility Is the space accessible to everyone? Are the paths designed to let mobility scooters etc. through (also beginning and end of path) Are the accessibility parking spots designed for ease of access? Activities Activity is the basic need of a public space, it attracts people to the space and gives them something to do while they are there. A space with a variety of activities will attract a varied demographic of people and make them stay longer. When there is nothing to do a space will often be empty. Play, exercise & activities Are there multiple activities on offer and opportunities to be active in inclement weather and at multiple times of the day and year? Sitting Are there good primary seating options (benches or chairs) Or is there only secondary seating (stair or seat wall). Are there adequate non-commercial seating options so that sitting does not require spending money? Watching Are seating options placed so there are interesting things to look at? Do these allow a seated person to see different areas, inside and outside of the space?

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4.3 Greenslade Reserve COMFORT

ACCESS

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Notwithstanding the site’s primary role as an organised sports facility, more could be done to provide a higher level of comfort for users outside of these times, including the provision of more human scaled spaces and seating opportunities that are protected from the elements.

The reserve is visually and physically well connected to adjacent residential areas, however links to the town centre are somewhat severed by Lake Road and the walking experience between the space and the wider environs lacks interest.

Explore options to provide intermediary scaled spaces that invite activity, including places that are buffered from the elements to sit, linger and spend time;

Without impeding sports function, explore options to add a wider range of flexible activities and experiences for multiple users and at different times of the day;

Improve the physical and perceived connectivity (walkability) between the reserve, the town centre and the surrounding residential neighbourhood. There is potential here for these areas to have far greater sense of continuity - one bleeding into the other. This should include planting, furniture and/or lighting palettes that establish continuity between the reserve and its environs;

Provide better internal circulation that supports natural desire lines for pedestrians and improves the experience of walking within the reserve.

SOCIABILITY

ACTIVITIES

Outside of the natural level of camaraderie that often exists within organised sports, there is little on offer within the park to invite meaningful sociability. A very limited selection of seats are provided, however these are physically removed from primary circulation areas and do not invite use.

While Greenslade Reserve appears to provide adequate facilities for organised sports, a mix of activities (10+) is key to inviting a diverse mix of people to use the space at different times of the day. More than any other element, it appears that the lack of activities on offer within the reserve is fundamentally the reason why this space under-performs for the Northcote community.

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4.4 Town Square COMFORT

ACCESS

RECOMMENDATIONS:

With a very large part of the ‘Town Square’ space bordered by parking, the greater environment is very exposed to vehicle movements, noise and inclement weather. While largely successful efforts have been made to protect pedestrians from moving vehicles - evidenced by a consistent level of people at multiple times of day - some areas are equally unsafe for pedestrians and very much the realm of the automobile.

The town centre is predominantly accessed by private motor vehicle, however a small hub for bus travel is provided and appears to be consistently used. While the centre itself is largely pedestrianised, the links to surrounding residential areas are of poor quality, characterised by narrow paths and often littered with obstacles. Accessibility across Lake Rd is also very limited for users with walking disabilities.

Explore options to de-tune traffic movement and prioritise the pedestrian experience. This includes greater separation between cars and pedestrians, supporting pedestrian desire lines, reducing obstacles and ensuring safe crossings are provided at places where people want to walk;

Strengthen pedestrian linkages into the space, particularly at road crossings and areas of primary vehicle circulation to encourage safer physical connectivity to the town square;

Provide more invitations for people to sit and spend time. This could include small, intimate scaled ‘pocket parks’ within the pedestrian environment as well as supporting more outdoor dining opportunities;

Establish a consistent furniture and material palette to improve legibility for users and strengthen a sense of continuity.

SOCIABILITY

ACTIVITIES

While quite spatially fragmented the Town Square is a very diverse environment and attracts an equally diverse mix of users through retail, shopping, dining, transport and other public amenities. This results in largely active retail frontages with a positive sense of sociability and community feel. Much of this however is transitional - destination shopping - with little invitation offered to sit and linger.

The space offers a range of activities including shopping, places to eat, places to sit, and an interesting view of people moving about. Many of these activities however are not well supported by the design of the existing public realm, seating is often positioned in undesirable locations, the seats lack shelter from the elements and an overall lack of connection to the public realm.

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4.5 Pearn Place COMFORT

ACCESS

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Pearn Place is a lively, well protected, pedestrianised retail space in the very centre of the township. Typically the environment is lined with mixed retail stores and eateries and generally speaking is an active space during regular business hours.

Pearn Place is well connected to its wider environs by walking, private vehicle use and public transport. The internal walking routes generally support pedestrian desire lines, however street ‘clutter’ - bins, seats, bollards etc. litter the space and can be obstacles to pedestrian movement.

Establish pedestrian zones on the footpaths to adequately support both movement and furniture zones (including invitations to sit outside to eat);

The public realm is littered with mixed, typically well used seating opportunities. Grassed areas and some mature tree species soften the space and invite flexible usage.

Further work also needs to be done to support ‘end-of-trip’ facilities for cyclists, including dedicated cycle parking areas and drinking/bottle filling stations.

Encourage and support restaurants and eateries to provide higher levels of outdoor seating;

Encourage greater visual permeability into and out of existing buildings;

Establish a consistent furniture and material palette to improve legibility for users and strengthen a sense of continuity;

Explore opportunities for greater organised activation of the large grassed area - encouraging users to enter into the rear of the space.

However, a different atmosphere exists after hours, and despite a number of eateries fronting the space, many of these have very low levels of visual permeability and as such there are low levels of passive surveillance.

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SOCIABILITY

ACTIVITIES

Generally speaking, the users of the space are of diverse age groups and nationalities and consist of largely balanced genders. While not evident across the entire Pearn Place, some businesses and eateries with store fronts facing the walking street are lively and people spill out into the space.

The primary destinations offered within the township are eating and shopping, and while Pearn Place supports these primary functions, there are also numerous invitations on offer to encourage a wider range of activities, such as play, sitting, talking, people watching and viewing (and touching) public art, among others.

There are also multiple invitations to sit and spend time in the space - many of which invite sociability - such as beneath the canopy of the large centrally placed elm tree, where users were observed engaging in spontaneous conversations with one another.

The weather experienced over the survey week also highlighted a need to ensure that any future development should provide adequate protection from the elements to further encourage high levels of activity within the space.

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4.6 Northcote Library Square COMFORT

ACCESS

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Library Square is a sheltered square that functions as a public outdoor hub to the library and adjacent gallery space. The centre of the space is characterised by a children’s play area, however there are also multiple seating opportunities including a small scale ‘amphitheatre’ area. While largely enclosed (mostly by human-scaled built form), the edges of the space are very poor, with almost no activation between the space and the surrounding built form. This includes very low levels of visual permeability into or out of the adjoining buildings. This general lack of passive surveillance from adjacent buildings, coupled with the use of some of these buildings results in very low activity in the space outside of regular business hours.

Access into the square is well supported from a number of directions, although connectivity within the space can be challenging due to numerous obstacles, level changes and a general lack of support for pedestrian desire lines.

Promote activation of the surrounding building façades to invite activities to ‘spill out of buildings’, while also improving passive surveillance;

Improve lighting throughout the space and reduce obstacles such as level changes and inappropriately positioned street furniture.

Strengthen pedestrian linkages and visual permeability to areas surrounding the square;

Formalise play opportunities for older children;

SOCIABILITY

ACTIVITIES

Establish a consistent furniture and material palette to improve legibility for users and strengthen a sense of continuity.

Generally speaking, the Library Square can be categorised into two connected yet distinct areas - active and passive. The active space is well utilised by family groups and large trees positioned throughout the space invite a range of social and recreational activity (including group tai chi).

The space offers a range of activities but is primarily used for play. Mature trees and generous levels of seating support parents/caregivers while the provision of numerous secondary seating options invites alternate uses for the space. The space offers an appropriate human scale and invites sociability as an activity in its own right.

The more passive space to the east is largely underutilised and while the seating area is being used there is little evidence of users lingering and/or engaging with the surrounding environment.

The geographic location of the square supports its destination value, however at present there is little reason to wander beyond the square. This problem is compounded by poor visual connectivity.

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4.7 Cadness Reserve COMFORT

ACCESS

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Cadness Reserve is set in a pedestrianised area, neighbouring the library, and art gallery, two preschools and one minor residential road. Unfortunately the neighbouring buildings have their backs to the tired looking reserve, making it an uncomfortable place to spend time, especially after dark.

A direct physical connection to the central pedestrian spaces at The Library Square and Pearn Place offers Cadness Reserve the potential to attract more people than it currently does. While geographically the reserve is physically well connected, it is lacking visual connection to key pedestrian areas and destinations.

Provide greater reasons to visit the space and spend time;

Encourage greater thoroughfare through the reserve, including providing lighting for evenings and after peak time;

Improve greater visual connectivity with the surrounding landscape.

Circulation within the space is adequate, however it is difficult to read its connectivity with its surrounding environs. Further work also needs to be done to support ‘end-of-trip’ facilities for cyclists, including dedicated cycle parking areas and drinking/bottle filling stations.

SOCIABILITY

ACTIVITIES

One of the key components of a sociable space is a relatively high turnover of pedestrian foot traffic. Unfortunately, with very little pedestrian movement recorded within the reserve, sociability is not high. There is little invitation to sit and spend time and the edges of the space do little to encourage a sense of comfort.

The greatest barrier to public life within the reserve is the lack of activities on offer, coupled with a poor sense of engagement with its bounding edges. Great public spaces offer multiple activities - at multiple scales. Without these activities there is little reason to visit the space and almost no reason to linger and spend time there. This leads to a very low presence of people and an equally low perception of safety.

A level of sociability was recorded within the basketball environment, however this was limited to the specific group playing.

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5.0

SURVEY DATA

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.3 Pedestrian activity

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.1 Pedestrian activity - 03 Greenway C Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 492

500

03

250

0

234

8-9

504

462

282

258

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

534

390

318

300

1-2

2-3

am

468

4-5

5-6

6-7

414

7-8

0

3.9

8-9

4.7

4.3

9-10 10-11 11-12

12-1

714

750

858

7.8

5

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

14.3

15

6.9

7-8

pm

15

900

13.5 11.9

762

12.3

12.7 10.7

570

564

8.9

Pedestrians per minute

1000 810

5.3

am

Pedestrians per hour

738

8.4

7.7 6.5

5

3-4

8.2

pm

Saturday

500

10

642 540

9.5

9.4

10

9

6.3

378 5

250

0

2

120

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

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1-2

2-3

3-4

pm

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12

am

12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

65


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5.1 Pedestrian activity - 04 Lake Rd A Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5 250

0

156

8-9

2.6 84

96

48

60

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

18

24

42

30

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

am

60

84

5-6

6-7

48 7-8

0

8-9

pm

Saturday

1.4

1.6

1

0.8

9-10 10-11 11-12

12-1

1

1.4

0.8

0.3

0.4

0.7

0.5

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

04

pm

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute 15

1000

750

10

500 5 250 24 0

8-9

90

96

84

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

66

108

24 1-2

54

54

66

2-3

3-4

4-5

pm

42

36

42

5-6

6-7

7-8

0.4 0

8-9

1.5

1.8

1.6

9-10 10-11 11-12

am

1.4

12-1

0.4 1-2

0.9

0.9

1.1

0.7

0.6

0.7

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.1 Pedestrian activity - 05 Lake Rd B Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5

05

250 48 0

8-9

36

42

18

54

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

30 1-2

24 2-3

am

30 3-4

42 4-5

78 5-6

18

18

6-7

7-8

0

0.8

0.6

0.9

0.5

0.4

0.5

0.7

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

pm

Saturday

0.7

0.3

am

1.3

0.3

0.3

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5 250

0

12 8-9

60

84

60

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

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54

60

66

54

48

54

30

60

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0.2 0

8-9

1

0.9

1.4

1

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

1

1.1

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.5

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

1 7-8

pm

67


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5.1 Pedestrian activity - 06 Lake Rd C Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5 250

2.3

138 42

0

8-9

54

30

90

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

60

42

66

48

54

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

am

18

36

6-7

7-8

0.7 0

8-9

pm

0.9

0.5

1.5

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1

0.7

1-2

2-3

1.1

0.8

0.9

3-4

4-5

5-6

am

0.3

0.6

6-7

7-8

pm

06

Saturday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5 250 78 0

8-9

102

84

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

72

am

68

114

96

36

66

78

72

72

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

pm

132

7-8

0

1.9

1.3

1.2

1.7

1.4

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

am

1.6

0.6 2-3

1.1

1.3

1.2

1.2

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

2.2

7-8

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.1 Pedestrian activity - 07 Pearn Cres Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute 15

1000

750

10

500 354 250 54 0

132

150

5.9 312

318

180

5

252 114

102

2.2 66

2.5

8-9

07

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

4.2

3

0.9

42

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

8-9

pm

Saturday

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

am

1.9

1.7

4-5

5-6

1.1

0.7

6-7

7-8

pm

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute 15

1000

750

10

500 246

250 42 8-9

282

336

282 198

102

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

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5.3

0

am

0

5.2

1-2

174

2-3

198

3-4

pm

174

4-5

4.1

5

5-6

120

6-7

0.7

48 7-8

0

8-9

4.7

5.6

4.7 3.3

1.7

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

2.9

3.3

2.9

2 0.8

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

69


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5.1 Pedestrian activity - 08 Pearn Place Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750

500

402

6.7

390 246

250

168

96

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

2-3

am

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

168

7-8

1.5 0

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

Pedestrians per hour

08

Pedestrians per minute 15

750 504

500

54 8-9

10

552

396

250

372

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

330

2-3

9.2

6.6 300

3-4

pm

4-5

228

5-6

6.2

7.1 5.5

5

5 114

1-2

8.4

426

126

am

70

2.8 1.6

am

1000

0

4.4

4.1 2.8

pm

Saturday

6.5

5.7

4.6

5

264

90 0

8.5

510 342

276

9.7

10

582

6-7

180 0.9 7-8

0

8-9

3.8

2.1

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

1.9

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

3

7-8

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.1 Pedestrian activity - 09 Kilham Ave Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5 250 42 0

8-9

48

60

60

54

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

96

84

1-2

2-3

am

09

120 36 3-4

4-5

78

54

5-6

6-7

84

7-8

0

1

0.9

0.7

0.8

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

pm

Saturday

1

1.6

1.4

1-2

2-3

2 0.6 3-4

am

1.3

0.9

1.4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5 250 36 0 8-9

18

48

30

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

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72

42

36

12

30

12

0

18

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0

1.2

0.8

0.6

0.3

0.5

0.7

0.6

0.2

0.5

0.2

0

0.3

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

pm

71


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.1 Pedestrian activity - 10 Ernie Mays Street Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5 250 36 0

8-9

84

42

84

60

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

108 18

12

1-2

2-3

am

3-4

54

30

24

18

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0.6 0

8-9

pm

Saturday

1.4

0.7

1.4

1

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1.8 0.3

0.2

1-2

2-3

0.9

0.5

0.4

0.3

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0.1

0.3

0.3

0.1

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

3-4

am

pm

Pedestrians per hour

10

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5 250

0

12 8-9

6

24

18

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

72

18

12 1-2

48 2-3

42 3-4

pm

6

18

18

6

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0

0.1

0.3

0.2

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

am

0.3

0.4

0.2

0.8

0.7

2-3

3-4

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.1 Pedestrian activity - 11 Cadness Reserve Gateway Weekday

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute 15

1000

750 10

11

500 5 250 54 0

8-9

42

24

12

36

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

18

30

1-2

2-3

am

60 3-4

24

18

24

36

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0

0.9

0.7

0.6

0.3

0.5

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

2-3

pm

Saturday

0.4

0.2

1

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.6

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0.3

0.4

0.1

4-5

5-6

6-7

3-4

am

pm

Pedestrians per hour

Pedestrians per minute

1000

15

750 10 500 5

250 36 0

8-9

18

42

24

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

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30

36

30

48

18

24

6

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

pm

42 7-8

0

0.6

0.3

0.4

0.6

0.5

0.8

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

am

0.5

0.7

0.7 7-8

pm

73


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5.3 Cycling activity

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.2 Cycling activity - 03 Greenway C Weekday

03

Cyclist per hour

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10

0.2

0

0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

0

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4 0.2

6

8-9

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

0

9-10 10-11 11-12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

Cyclist per minute

40

0

0

Cyclist per hour 1

0

8-9

0

am

50

10

0

pm

Saturday

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Cyclist per minute

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0

0.1 0

0

8-9

9-10 10-11 11-12

am

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

75


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5.2 Cycling activity - 04 Lake Rd A Weekday

Cyclist per hour

Cyclist per minute

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

18

0.4

10 0

0.2

6 0 8-9

0

0.3

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

0

0.1 0 8-9

pm

Saturday

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12

12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

04

pm

Cyclist per hour

Cyclist per minute

50

1 42

40

0.8

30

0.6 18

20

0.7

0.4

0.3

12

0

0 8-9

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

76

0.2

0.2

10 0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

pm

0 5-6

6-7

7-8

0

0 8-9

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12

am

0

0

0

0

0

12-1

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

0 5-6

6-7

7-8

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.2 Cycling activity - 05 Lake Rd B Weekday

05

Cyclist per hour

Cyclist per minute

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10

0.2

0

0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

8-9

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

40

0.8

20

6

8-9

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

1-2

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0.4

0.4

0

0

0.6

24

0

0

Cyclist per minute 1

10

0

pm

Cyclist per hour

30

0

am

50

0

0

pm

Saturday

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0

2-3

6 0

0

0

0

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

pm

7-8

0.2 0

0.1 0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

1-2

2-3

0.1 0

0

0

0

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

77


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5.2 Cycling activity - 06 Lake Rd C Weekday

Cyclist per hour

Cyclist per minute

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10 0

0.2

6 0 8-9

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

0

0.1 0 8-9

pm

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

pm

06

Saturday

Cyclist per hour

Cyclist per minute

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4 12

10 0

6

6 0

8-9

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

78

0.2 0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

pm

7-8

0

0.2 0.1

0.1 0

8-9

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.2 Cycling activity - 07 Pearn Cres Weekday

Cyclist per hour

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10 0

0.2

6 0 8-9

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

07

8-9

30

0.6

20

0.4

8-9

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0.2

6 0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

Cyclist per minute

0.8

0

0

Cyclist per hour

40

0

0

am

1

0

0

0

50

10

0.1

pm

Saturday

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Cyclist per minute

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0

0.1 0 8-9

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

79


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.2 Cycling activity - 08 Pearn Place Weekday

Cyclist per hour

Cyclist per minute

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10 0

6 0 8-9

0.2

6 0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

am

0

0

0

0

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10

0.2 0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

80

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

0

0

0

0

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

08

Cyclist per minute

40

8-9

0

Cyclist per hour 1

0

8-9

0

am

50

0

0.1 0

pm

Saturday

0

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0

0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.2 Cycling activity - 09 Kilham Ave Weekday

Cyclist per hour

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10 0

0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

0

0

0

0

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10

0.2 0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

0

0

0

0

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

Cyclist per minute

40

8-9

8-9

0

Cyclist per hour 1

0

0

am

50

0

0.1

pm

Saturday

0

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0.2

6

am

09

Cyclist per minute

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0

0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

81


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.2 Cycling activity - 10 Ernie Mays Street Weekday

Cyclist per hour

Cyclist per minute

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10 0

6

6

0 8-9

0.2

6 0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

1-2

2-3

am

3-4

0

0

0

0

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

0

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10

82

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

1-2

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

0

0

0

0

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0.2

6 0

0

10

Cyclist per minute

40

8-9

0

Cyclist per hour 1

0

8-9

0.1

am

50

0

0.1

0

pm

Saturday

0

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0

0.1 0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

1-2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.2 Cycling activity - 11 Cadness Reserve Gateway Weekday

11

Cyclist per hour

50

1

40

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10

0.2

0

0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

am

0

0.8

30

0.6

20

0.4

10

0.2

8-9

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

Cyclist per minute

40

0

0

Cyclist per hour 1

0

8-9

0

am

50

0

0

pm

Saturday

AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote

Cyclist per minute

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

0

0 8-9

0

0

0

0

9-10 10-11 11-12 12-1

am

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-2

2-3

3-4

4-5

5-6

6-7

7-8

pm

83


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.3 Stationary activity

84

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.3 Stationary activity - 12 Greenslade Reserve Weekday

Saturday

60

60

50

50

40

40

30

30

58

12

28 22

20

20

10

10

1 0

10:00 AM

0 12:00 PM

0 2:00 PM

Sitting on secondary seating Sitting on benches Sitting on cafe chairs Lying down AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote

0 4:00 PM

18

1 6:00 PM

0 0

10:00 AM

Children Playing Physical activities Standing

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

Cultural activities Commercial activities Waiting for transport

85


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.3 Stationary activity - 13 ‘Town Square’ Weekday

Saturday

60

60

50

50

40

40

30

29

13

30

23 18

20

19

20

18

20

14

13

10

10

0

0 10:00 AM

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

Sitting on secondary seating Sitting on benches Sitting on cafe chairs Lying down

86

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

9

10:00 AM

Children Playing Physical activities Standing

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

7

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

Cultural activities Commercial activities Waiting for transport AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.3 Stationary activity - 14 Pearn Place Weekday

14

Saturday

60

60

50

50

40

40

30

30

20

20

17

10

8

10

10

6

5

7

7 4 1

0 0

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

Sitting on secondary seating Sitting on benches Sitting on cafe chairs Lying down AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

0

10:00 AM

Children Playing Physical activities Standing

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

Cultural activities Commercial activities Waiting for transport

87


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.3 Stationary activity - 15 Northcote Library Square Weekday

Saturday

60

60

50

50

40

40

30

30

20

17 13

20

17

15 11

8

10

15

10

5

0

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

Sitting on secondary seating Sitting on benches Sitting on cafe chairs Lying down

88

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

0

10:00 AM

Children Playing Physical activities Standing

12:00 PM

7 3

2:00 PM

4:00 PM

4

6:00 PM

Cultural activities Commercial activities Waiting for transport AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.3 Stationary activity - 16 Cadness Reserve Weekday

16

60

60

50

50

40

40

30

30

20

20

9

10

0

0

0

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

10 10

2

1 0 2:00 PM

Sitting on secondary seating Sitting on benches Sitting on cafe chairs Lying down AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote

Saturday

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

10:00 AM

Children Playing Physical activities Standing

0

0

0

0

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

Cultural activities Commercial activities Waiting for transport

89


5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.4 Age and gender

90

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.4 Age and Gender Total distribution Weekday

Above 65 16%

0-6 children 7%

Weekday

Weekend

100%

100%

80%

80%

60%

60%

40%

40%

20%

20%

7 - 14 young 5% 15 -30 women 18%

30 - 64 men 19%

30 - 64 women 18%

15 -30 men 16%

Survey sample size: 844

Weekend Above 65 15% 30 - 64 men 18%

30 - 64 women 16%

0-6 children 12% 7 - 14 young 7% 15 -30 women 15%

15 -30 men 17%

Survey sample size: 964

Key:

0-6 Children

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7-14 Young

0%

10 am

12pm

15-29 Women

2pm

4pm

15-29 Men

6pm

0%

30-64 Women

10 am

12pm

30-64 Men

2pm

4pm

6pm

65+ 91


5.0 3.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX 3 -

5.5 Place audit GREENSLADE RESERVE 4 / 24

TOWN SQUARE 12 / 24

Comfort

Comfort

Environment 0

Diversity 0

Connectivity 1

Play & activities 1

92

Safety

Perception

Environment

0

0

1

Sociability Sociability

Street life

Diversity

0

0

2

Access Walkability

Accessibility

Connectivity

1

1

1

Activities Sitting

Watching

Play & activities

0

0

0

Safety

Perception

1

1

Sociability Sociability

Street life

1

1

Access Walkability

Accessibility

0

2

Activities Sitting

Watching

1

1

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5.0 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY APPENDIX -

5.5 Place audit

Environment 2

Diversity 2

Connectivity 1

Play & activities 1

Pearn Place 18 / 24

Northcote Library Square 17 / 24

Cadness Reserve 5 / 24

Comfort

Comfort

Comfort

Safety

Perception

Environment

1

1

2

Sociability Sociability

Street life

Diversity

2

2

2

Access Walkability

Accessibility

Connectivity

1

2

1

Activities Sitting

Watching

Play & activities

1

2

1

AitkenTaylor | 2018 Public Life Survey | Northcote

Safety

Perception

Environment

1

1

1

Sociability Sociability

Street life

Diversity

2

0

0

Access Walkability

Accessibility

Connectivity

2

2

1

Activities Sitting

Watching

Play & activities

1

2

1

Safety

Perception

0

0

Sociability Sociability

Street life

0

0

Access Walkability

Accessibility

1

1

Activities Sitting

Watching

0

0

93


2018 PUBLIC LIFE SURVEY - NORTHCOTE SUMMER

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