On 2/2/16 we held a fantastic evening talking to locals about the scheme, why we supported it and showing examples of where similar schemes had worked successfully. Some of the videos that we showed are posted below.
The London Fields scheme is known as 'filtered permeability', where bikes and pedestrians are not affected, local vehicles can access their properties, but through traffic is reduced. Here are some examples of where other filtered permeability schemes have worked successfully in the UK and beyond.
'But London isn't like Holland' is a common objection to any traffic improvements that are suggested in London. Holland in 1970s wasn't like Holland now, either. It only happened through a conscious determination to make it happen.
This is the story about how East Harlem residents fought for improvements to their streets. While the layout is very different to London Fields, many of the social issues are similar. Once the New York was in place, the benefits have been overwhelmingly clear and it is no longer controversial, but it had to overcome fierce opposition at the beginning.
The final film of the evening was this delightful film from Hackney, showing what our streets should be - places to enjoy, rather than places to pass through (or more pertinently, for others to pass through).
Thank you again to all our speakers who made the case for the scheme persuasively, and to www.streetfilms.org/ for creating many of these films and allowing us to use them.
We are a group of local residents who walk, drive and cycle. We support Hackney's traffic and pollution reduction plans. We firmly believe this scheme will help make London Fields a better place to live. We look forward to working with all of our neighbours and the council to make this scheme a success.