St Sidwella could do more for Exeter than she (probably) ever dreamed of. St Sidwell’s Church on Exeter’s Sidwell Street commemorates the late St Sidwella, believed to have been alive in the 6th century. Sidwella (whose name derives from all manner of genealogical speculation) is said to have been a modest, chaste, virginal, devout, … More Upon Sidwella’s Day
Two important decisions this month show that Exeter City Council could at last be facing up to the real challenges confronting the city. First, building more homes After a long – very long – gestation period in the shadows, the Council’s proposal to set up a housing development company has burst into the sunlight. Put … More Put out some flags!
We can do so much better than the current High Street business model, and its current difficulties offer Exeter new opportunities There’s a lot of truth in the observation that Exeter’s city centre is a “clone town”. Along the length of the High Street and in the shopping centres at Guildhall and Princesshay, the retail … More High Street Greens
It’s not only our side streets that can be made people-friendly Traffic restraint on residential streets is not new – humps, speed limits, barriers, residents’ parking schemes, pedestrianisation, and so on. Some of these measures have become discredited because of their impact on driving behaviour: for example speed humps encourage breaking and acceleration with consequent … More Reclaiming our main roads for residents
The Exeter City Futures challenge fund approach to making the Exeter area congestion-free is not for the faint-hearted. Exeter City Futures (ECF) is a community interest company with a mission to make Exeter and the surrounding area sustainable for the future. Their first goals are to make the area congestion-free and energy-independent by 2025. Not … More Up for a transport challenge?
Well, if you’ve read this sign on Exeter’s Stagecoach buses, not exactly. With a delightful irony (whether intended or not, only the editor will know), today’s Express & Echo runs two adjacent stories on page 10. The first is about an Exeter University-led project studying commuting patterns with the aim of reducing the city’s traffic … More Normal service will resume on 3 January
In a previous post I suggested that our mobility patterns – driven by past and current spatial and transport policies – were contributing significantly to a range of environmental and social problems. I questioned whether incremental changes based on current transport models would deliver the radical changes needed if Exeter were to become a clean, … More We need new approaches to mobility, now