Our project lead Louise Gold tells us about her rewarding project working with a community at Marks Gate to help transform their streets into a healthier place for residents to feel proud of.
Our work at Marks Gate has been awarded top place in the 2018 London Transport Awards, in the Excellence in Cycling and Walking category, with our partners London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Be First Regeneration Ltd.
Want innovation in Street Design? Then ask the local community
The buzz of cars is already slowing and children can be seen riding their bikes
A community united
“ We love Marks Gate, there’s great community spirit and it’s a lovely place to live. We need to show people that we’re proud of where we live and encourage them to take care and look after the estate and people in it. ”
Listening hard to residents is the key
85% of traffic was speeding, including outside the school
Fixing local concerns with our partners
“ Sustrans has visually enhanced the area and more importantly it has given the community a chance to come together in Marks Gate. The streets are safer and the community is stronger. ”
Creative solutions, applying for funding and seeing results
Targetting parking issues
Sorting out seating... with the help of a two week trial
Marks Gate now has colour and character and lots more bikes
I have worked on lots of behaviour change projects intended to get people cycling and walking. This is the first to include placemaking in its remit. It has been the most holistic and therefore the most effective with nearly 7,000 people coming along to our events. In London, Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, has made clear the political intention is now not only to make streets better for walking and cycling but better for the whole community. In Marks Gate, we have not simply added a cycle path but integrated walking and cycling with other transport modes. We have created a path (literally and figuratively) for people to walk and cycle more instead of drive, and we have done this by making the whole area more attractive as well as providing comprehensive cycle training. With the help of local residents and children, Marks Gate now has colour and character and lots more bikes. Sustrans can take credit for some of the change but the community have guided decision making. Residents want to come together, despite difficult circumstances. People want the space to socialise positively, whether that means on a bench outside of school or on a bike alongside friends. People want to feel proud of the place where they live.
If you would like to fund something similar in your area please contact Ben Addy, Communities and Innovation Manager.