At the end of the meeting “Movement in Winchester: learning from Oxford” on 13 June 2017, people were asked for the most important lessons they would to take forward into discussions about how to make it easier and more pleasant to move round Winchester. These are their lessons: 

  • Moment of illumination due to the evening - complete difference between the purpose of highways and of cities
  • What’s the purpose of the city? Not to move traffic!
  • Cities (and towns and villages) are for living (and working and interacting) (sex, art and money). Transport and vehicles have to be fitted around that priority. 
  • Be brave and bold.
  • Political understanding & determination
  • A shared enduring vision.
  • Consistent leadership over time – 5, 10 or more years needed to implement changes to road design.
  • Have a vision of what you want to do.  Have the courage and commitment to deliver the vision.
  • We got changes to the Square through because we got the leaders together for a day.
  • Civil servants do what they are asked to do
    • Whose duty is it to ask them?
    • Councillors
    • How do councillors know what to ask?
    • Listen to what people want
    • And get successful experts to help people understand what’s possible.
  • Bring in experts and get movement planning away from officers.
  • Co-ordination between District and County and between the highway and urban design professionals.
  • Work with politicians in County Council as well as City Council.
  • Get the right companies people and highway engineers involved – they don’t all have the same attitude! 
  • Quality experience for people.
  • Know how people move round the area and the number of people before making plans.
  • People means pedestrians.
  • Need to offer many different options for layout and engage the public in co-design to get the best choice
  • Back to basics – speak to people on the street who walk and cycle to get their point of view. 
  • Money/infrastructure funding.
  • Infrastructure funding – not just local but national. 
  • Integration between pedestrian/road use.
  •  ‘Shared Space’ thinking has become too preoccupied with vehicle/vehicle or vehicle/cycle interactions.  As a result, it’s now the experience of all shared schemes that disabled people have been unwittingly excluded.  We should all work to put this right.
  • Make sure that everyone can access their urban environment.
  • A recent equality enquiry report asked for an immediate end to shared space because of evidence that it is hard for partially sighted people.
  • Good signage especially for people with disabilities use shared space. I went to Oxford with my friend and we didn’t know where we were supposed to cross Frideswide Square!
  • All need to be considered – the city must be a place for everyone. 
  • Get actions in the right order – for example, in Oxford, the developers wouldn’t come to an area because the infrastructure wasn’t right so they sorted out the infrastructure first.
  • Get the transport arrangements for Bar End in place before developing the site as a Leisure Centre.
  • Change the Jewry St/High St. connection into a more ‘city friendly’ space.  Show people what can be.
  • Overhead bridges carrying trains in big cities?
  • Reduce speed, remove traffic lights. 
  • Work place levy: the University to Winchester offers to trial a work place levy on employees (and students?)

 Download the list of lessons.

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