Running and Consulting – a busy Glasgow Avenues weekend
Last weekend was a busy weekend of running and consulting for the Glasgow Avenues design team as the first stage of public consultation for the initial ideas for Argyle St got underway. Members of the Civic Engineers team, joined by colleagues from Urban Movement and Ice Cream Architecture and Nick Wright Planning, spoke to hundreds of people across 3 days to get their thoughts on what Argyle Street from Anderston Cross to Trongate, and through to St Enoch’s Square, Dixon Street down to the Clyde, could look like in the future, based on the initial design proposals. A 10 strong team also took part in the Glasgow Men’s 10k to raise awareness of the Avenues project and to raise funds for Glasgow based cycling charity Freewheel North.
The ‘Avenues’ project, funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal, is an ambitious project that aims to change the face of Glasgow City centre for the better for all those who live, work and visit. It will see key streets redesigned to protect and prioritise space for cyclists and pedestrians, improve connectivity, introduce sustainable green infrastructure through attractive streetscapes and enhancing biodiversity and improve the way public transport is accommodated.
Those who took part in the on street consultation were asked to imagine, based on the images, how the street might feel in the future. We asked them what their feelings were about the provision for pedestrians, for cyclists and public transport. They were also asked about whether elements such as trees and greenery, along with space for outdoor events and activities were important to them. For those who couldn’t make it to the city centre, all the proposals and the questionnaire are available online at Glasgow.gov.uk/avenues until 13th July.
The feedback from this consultation, along with feedback that has already been gathered from local businesses and community groups will help to inform the next stage of designs that will be out for formal public consultation towards the end of the year.
If you would like to support the team’s fundraising efforts following the 10k you can donate https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/civic-engineers