The Central London Partnership and Transport for London have jointly commissioned the Danish "Urban Quality Consultant" Jan Gehl whos has successfully transforemed central Copenhagen to look at making central London streets more attractive for pedestrians.
His first report Towards a fine City for People was published in June. I've only just managed to track it down on the web.
I think that site specific proposals are to come in a set of second stage reports.
The study was made over a period of 60 min. on a summer weekday in the afternoon.
Waterloo station is an area dominated by traffic and is, correspondingly, complicated to move around in for pedestrians. Long stretches of underground passages leading pedestrians underground to reach various locations are hardly the solution to improve
safety and orientation in a complex urban area.
What pedestrians should do:
336 pedestrians (60% of all observed) choose to use the pedestrian subways using the route shown [LR - Waterloo to Stamford Street via the Bullring].
What pedestrians do:
228 pedestrians (40% of all observed) choose to jaywalk - crossing the four lane road as shown on the right. [LR - i.e dashing across the roundabout approaches]
"During the day, Lower Marsh in the Waterloo area is a nice little friendly market street ﬁlled with colourful stands, plenty of goods and many locals conversing in the street.
At night the street changes to a deserted, closed street with long stretches of metal shutters, predominantly closed shops and almost no pedestrians. Lower Marsh suffers greatly from its lack of residents and its lack of night time functions other than a few bars.
Lower Marsh was the only street where the street life studies were abandoned after 7 pm because of uneasiness by the student surveying in that specific location.
[LR - Is Lower Marsh really that intimidating after dark these days?]
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 31 August 2004 6.33pm by Lang Rabbie.
wimpy student though !!! it isn't that scary at all.
NB: after dark on Lower Marsh, Marie's is still open for scrummy Thai food and I would urge people to visit. I should also declare a vested interest here in that I have been going during the day for years and wish the people who run it all the best in their (relatively) new night-time opening venture.
They used LSE students - says it all really! (re. wimpy student scared of Lower Marsh). They should have used fearless UCL Bartlett students who in their first year are made to visit Dalston after dark and study a car park prowled by drunks and drug addicts.