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LESSONS FROM MY

by a bloke who usually cycles or tubes it


The Big Lesson Street life is wonderful, mysterious and complex. It can change in a few yards & its quality depends on your mode, your mood and your agenda. One size never fits all & beware anyone who tries to sell you off-the-peg solutions. Design for how real people live.


REGENT’S PARK W1 THE SCRUBS

HYDE PARK

ACTON SHEPHERD’S BUSH

W13

GUNNERSBURY PARK

9¼ miles (15km in the new money)


Take the Walker Brothers’ advice: Make it easy on yourself


Intelligence is not a substitute for common sense


Where people want to go trumps where you wish they’d go


Visit parks like they voted in the old days: early & often


Where people want to go trumps where you wish they’d go


Unremarkable streets are where most people walk most


Central medians are often things of great beauty


Central medians are often things of great beauty


Where people want to go trumps where you wish they’d go


Only use roundabouts if pedestrian activity is & will be marginal


Visit parks early & often


Control paraphernalia may be necessary, not evil


Don’t let low traffic levels lull you into a false sense of security


Some streets are interchanges & should be designed accordingly


When thinking what to do in a street, think 24/7/365


Where people want to go trumps where you wish they’d go


Where people want to go trumps where you wish they’d go


When it’s Mary Portas vs Joe Public, listen to Joe Public


The food’s not a design problem. How we travel to get it is


The food’s not a design problem. How we travel to get it is


Intelligence is not a substitute for common sense


It’s people that make streets Living Streets


When thinking what to do in a street, think 24/7/365


When thinking what to do in a street, look up as well as down


Intelligence is not a substitute for common sense


Just because it’s obvious doesn’t make it wrong


A little information can go a long way


Face it: making things better can be a rod for your back


Control paraphernalia may be necessary, not evil


Listen to the Rolling Stones: You can’t always get what you want


Living Streets are shared: you can’t always have it your way


Living Streets are shared: you can’t always have it your way


Reject default practices, especially in complex streets


Living Streets are shared: you can’t always have it your way


Tactile Paving Guidance runs to 85 pages: stop at page 7


Tactile Paving Guidance runs to 85 pages: stop at page 7


Tactile Paving Guidance runs to 85 pages: stop at page 7


Raised side-street crossovers should be the norm, not exceptions


Don’t get hung up on ‘high quality materials’


People don’t care what’s ‘public’ & ‘private’: design accordingly


Waiting/loading bays should be integrated in the footway


Where people want to go trumps where you wish they’d go


Intelligence is not a substitute for common sense


Subways should never have “seemed like a good idea at the time”


Never say never


It takes all sorts‌


Radical change may be necessary: but pick your battles wisely


Heavy traffic and street life can coexist


When it’s Mary Portas vs Joe Public, listen to Joe Public


People take risks. Trying to stop them rarely works


Real street value is measured in people, not pounds


Like selecting a Barcelona team: trees are a wonderful problem


It’s people that make streets Living Streets


Living Streets are shared: you can’t always have it your way


Walking enriches the experience of streets


Walking enriches the experience of streets


Living Streets are shared: you can’t always have it your way


Heavy traffic and street life can coexist


Unremarkable streets are where most people walk most


Intelligence is not a substitute for common sense


Act in haste; repent at leisure


People don’t care what’s ‘public’ & ‘private’: design accordingly


Streets are places, not transit corridors


Reject default practices, especially in complex streets


Reject default practices, especially in complex streets


Reject default practices, especially in complex streets


Reject default practices, especially in complex streets


Reject default practices, especially in complex streets


People don’t walk on plans


People don’t walk on plans


People don’t walk on plans


The Big Lesson Street life is wonderful, mysterious and complex. It can change in a few yards & its quality depends on your mode, your mood and your agenda. One size never fits all & beware anyone who tries to sell you off-the-peg solutions. Design for how real people live.


Your bête noire isn’t why streets fail. It’s way more complex than that.


Rules & regs aren’t why streets fail. Mindsets are.


Lessons from my Walk to Work - John Dales  

Presentation from Living Streets Annual Supporters' Conference 2011.

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