City of Stirling: transport report

15 08 2008

I will actually post non-uni-work at some point…

This is another report originally written for Cities & Sustainability. It looks at the City of Stirling Local Government Area (LGA) in inner Northern metro Perth, with a focus on transport patterns and proposing sustainable transport alternatives, including light rail, transit oriented development (TODs), traffic calming, pedestrianisation, etc.

To be clear, this is university course work only and none of the suggestions are realistically costed in any way.

Justin_Wood-2008-CoS_Transport_report Creative Commons License

Also, this is further text written for a slight variation on this paper, looking at social and cultural sustainability in the same area.

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Community cohesion and support of cultural diversity

Closely related to cars is the role of streets and the built environment in nurturing communities. For thousands of years the street was an integral part of peoples’ ‘home territory’, the ‘extended sense of home’, providing a strong sense of place (Engwicht 1999, 13-4). That territory has been dramatically eroded by the car, so much so that traffic now  invades even our psychological space (pg. 15).  The dual purpose of streets as movement space and as space for social exchange — of goods, friendship, knowledge, culture, work, education, emotional and spiritual support, or wisdom (pp. 19, 33) — has been lost in too  many areas.

Streets engender this dual role when they are used for walking, cycling, and public transport (which is shared); car-based movement-only space is simply wasted (Engwicht 1999, 19, 21-2).

The streets as public space — as place — allows the spontaneous social exchanges that are fundamental to the creative life of a city, to citizens’ personal development and well-being, to equity of access, democracy, and economic prosperity. Car traffic — as a mobile ‘privacy capsule’ — denies that spontaneity and instead forces only planned exchanges (Engwicht 1999, 25-7).

Reclaiming and redesigning streets for people thus has great impact in building and maintaining communities.
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Engwicht, D. 1999. Chapter 1: Robbed Blind – Taking Stock of What Has Been Stolen. In Street Reclaiming. Creating Liveable Streets and Vibrant Communities. Annandale, NSW: New Society Publishers.

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