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Movement Recommendations

The Gehl Report (pages 84 to 99) aims to ensure a fine city for people by:

  • Ensuring a city centre with a 21st century traffic system;
  • Ensuring a good city for walking;
  • Ensuring a city centre for cycling;
  • Considering a bigger role for public transport;
  • Taking a critical look at parking; and
  • Creating a city with dignified connections.

 

Ensuring a city centre with a 21st century traffic system (Gehl Report reference: pages 84 & 85)

Gehl Architects suggest:

In order to bring prosperity and progress to the city, Hobart needs to address all forms of traffic at a political level by determining a vision for the city. This vision should address the future of the city, how to re-connect the city with the water with high quality streets, and how large parts of the inner city can be transformed into multi-use areas for shops, restaurants, offices, theatres, cafés and much more. The vision needs to include clear goals for the strengthening of public transport, a higher priority for pedestrians in the city centre in general, a gradual transformation of Davey St and Macquarie St into green city boulevards and city "roads" into urban city streets, the introduction of a bicycle culture and better facilities for recreational activities.

To achieve this, Gehl suggests:

  • Creating a traffic calmed city centre
  • Changing one-way streets to two-ways
  • Introducing lower speed limits
  • Creating a city centre with dignified connections

 

 

Ensuring a good city for walking (Gehl Report reference: pages 86 & 87)

Gehl Architects suggest:

Hobart has a weak pedestrian network. Make walking the most attractive mode of transport by giving high priority to pedestrians to create more lively and social environments. When traffic moves more slowly there tends to be more urban activity and more opportunities to meet in the public realm. This means that people who walk or cycle contribute more to the liveliness of an urban area.

To achieve this, Gehl suggests:

  • Extending and connecting the pedestrian network
  • Developing a versatile pedestrian network
  • Improving comfort and reducing barrier

 

Ensuring a city centre for cycling (Gehl Report reference: pages 88 & 89)

Gehl Architects suggest:

Hobart's bicycle network ought to be better at inviting more people to ride bikes, especially within the city centre and to and from neighbouring areas. Hobart has excellent conditions for cycling, with climate and topography presenting few difficulties.

In the proposed Hobart Regional Arterial Bicycle Network Plan the existing regional routes are supplemented with an inner city bicycle network with dedicated bicycle lanes to create efficient bicycle use. The main cycle routes are thoroughfares that connect to the regional bicycle network and neighbouring areas, and should have dedicated bicycle lanes in order to create a safe bicycle system that invites all user-groups to cycle. Ensure bicycle access to several other inner city streets where destinations are located. This can be done either with dedicated bicycle lanes or other measures such as traffic calming initiatives to ensure bicycle friendly environments.

To achieve this, Gehl suggests:

  • Developing a bicycle friendly environment
  • Developing a door-to-door bicycle network
  • Raising the comfort for bicyclists
  • Promoting cycling with advantages and campaigns

Considering a bigger role for public transport (Gehl Report reference: page 90)

Gehl Architects suggest:

Public transport directly to the core of the city is essential so it is recommended that the area around the existing bus mall will remain the central exchange point for bus passengers. The existing bus mall will have to be changed so it is a point for interchange but not a waiting place for buses. High comfort, high frequencies for buses and an intelligent information system that informs the passengers about the time of the next departure are recommended features of a good public transport system.

To achieve this, Gehl suggests:

  • Rethinking and simplifying public transport

 

Taking a critical look at parking (Gehl Report reference: page 91)

Gehl Archtects suggest:

Parking is at present offered everywhere in the centre of the city. Besides the through traffic a lot of driving in the centre is a function of searching for vacant parking spaces as to the destination as possible. This creates unnecessary cruising traffic in the centre. An updated parking system where it is easy to find the parking lots and easy to make your errands combined with a high quality pedestrian network are important elements in a 21st century city accessibility strategy. An active information system which shows where the closest vacant lots are, reduce the need for more driving around. High quality pedestrian environments and shuttle bus services should be seen in conjunction to the new and existing parking structures around the centre.

No drastic changes in parking should be made in one go. A combination of incremental steps is recommended to reduce the on street parking while new structures, a high quality information system and improvement of the environment are implemented.

To achieve this, Gehl suggests:

  • Transferring parking from streets to parking structures

Creating a city with dignified connections (Gehl Report reference: pages 92 to 97)

Gehl Architects suggest:

Through the development of street typologies, certain street types can be refined through the design of lighting, paving, street furniture, planting etc. The analysis section indicated that the majority of all streets in the city centre generally serve the same purpose as transport corridors primarily for vehicular traffic, as service roads and as parking spaces. Consequently many of the streets look very alike and the distinction between them is weak. This creates a sense of indifference towards the individual streets and the adjoining squares and parks.

Differentiate the various streets by introducing distinct design profiles related to a difference in traffic use and local character. Ensure the streets are not only for transport, but also for a wide range of more social and recreational activities.

To achieve this, Gehl suggests:

  • Creating green city boulevards
  • Creating urban city streets
  • Creating pedestrian priority streets
  • Creating urban 'fine grain'

 

 

 

 

       

       

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