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Open Streets

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Status: EXPLORING

Current Status: Live

Project Stage(s): Concept

Live Trial Location(s): Pending > Active > Removed 

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CHALLENGE:

Should we sometimes open up streets to uses other than traffic-related ones? Would it bring benefits to Dublin and its citizens? For example, Street Feasts, or Play Streets, or Sunday Streets, or Cicliovia or Placemaking (eg trialling pedestrianisation), all rely on the core condition of opening up a street to people on foot and bicycles, rather than the current main use of our streets which is the through-traffic of larger and heavier vehicles such as cars, vans, trucks and buses.

PROPOSITION:

We'd like to learn more about...

  • Do we have good evidence about how people feel about opening up streets in general and especiallly 'their' street.
  • What's the process for temporarily opening a street on either a regular or irregular basis, and are there any improvements that we could make? 
  • What types of streets are suitable for opening up, and under what conditions? (Eg opening up O'Connell Street might require a different process to the opening up of a suburban cul-de-sac.)
  • Who can arrange the opening up of a street? 
  • Who should get a vote in whether and when a street is opened up?
  • Are some times/days/months better than others for doing so? (Eg evenings only? Sundays? Summer months when schools are on holidays? When and why would it matter?)
  • What about noise? What about cleaning up afterwards if there's additional mess left behind? 
  • What equipment or signage is suitable for being used at either end of the opened up section of streetspace? 
  • etc, etc.

TRIAL DESCRIPTION:

We expect that we will simply supporting the opening of the street rather than getting involved with the specifics, and it will therefore be up to the residents and businesses of the street to instead decide how they want to use it. 

[Trial not yet designed.]

TAKING PART!

If you and your neighbours would love to suggest your street for an intial trial, please register your details!

Here's the criteria for what we're looking for...

  • We may wish to explore different types of uses - eg street feasts, play streets, placemaking, etc. Let us know if you've a reason for wanting to take part (we likely don't need to know any of the specifics, just the general reason).
  • The street should be a 'goldilocks' street - some residential (ideally a mix of apartments and houses), some businesses (ideally a mix of retail and other uses such as cafés), not too busy or quiet in terms of the amount of traffic that it usually receives, and nothing too distinctive from the 'average' street (eg not adjacent to a sports stadium, or a large market, or a large offstreet carpark). 
  • Certain ideas (eg a cicliovia) would benefit from the suggested location being 'scalable' to enable the idea to be tested at a larger scale if necessary - for example neighbouring streets, or the neighbourhood, or a route of streets. It might be worth talking to those neighbours also. 
  • Ideally the location would enable the idea to be tested in different timing ways - for example, enable vehicles in the morning (say 06.00-11.00 for commercial deliveries) and then open it up afterwards, or open it up on Sundays, or at weekends, or just once a month or year, or every weekend, or perhaps even every day.
  • The street shouldn't be a critical link in terms of the flow of vehicles through the city. 
  • You should talk to your neighbours (residents and businesses) to check whether they'd be interested in taking part. We'd need a good chunk to show that they were interested.

Any trial would be fully reversed back to the current scenario following the trial period. 

OUTCOMES:

[Trial not yet complete.]

DECISION:

[Trial not yet complete.]

NEXT STEPS:

[Trial not yet complete.]

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