Charlotte Day

August 18, 2021 |

Clean Air Zone Guidance Document

Hi everyone,

The following file provides a Clean Air Zone Guidance Document.

This includes a step-by-step guide to developing a Clean Air Zone or Low Emission Zone. The Guidance also provides a series of case studies of cities that have successfully introduced CAZs, a process flow diagram illustrating the stages to be completed by the responsible authority, and a checklist to help track the progress of the CAZ development.

We hope you find this useful in your current and future projects!

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Charlotte Day

July 8, 2021 |

Oxford's Broad Street becomes 'Broad Meadow' in green makeover

Thought this might be of interest to the Community - an article I saw this morning about a temporary road closure in Oxford city centre this summer. Please let me know what you think - could something like this work in your city?

Oxford's Broad Street becomes 'Broad Meadow' in green makeover

By Tim Hughes Audience and Content Editor 

Work to turn one of Oxford's most beautiful streets into a pedestrian-friendly temporary public square – will begin on Saturday after being given the green light by planners.

Broad Street will become 'Broad Meadow' following approval of Oxford City Council’s application to close the road.
Wooden seating and planters made from local recyclable material will be installed, creating a safe and pleasant outdoor place for local people and visitors to relax and safely enjoy the surrounding buildings with refreshments from businesses on the street. The area, which will contain pocket wildflower meadows and lawns, will be open to the public next Thursday. Drop-down bollards will also be installed near the junctions with Magdalen Street and Turl Street to restrict vehicle access between 8am and 9pm, transforming the street into a more people-friendly area with less traffic and safer cycling. A two-way cycle route will be preserved.
The city council also hopes to include high quality community and arts events in the space over the summer.
The design was developed by public realm experts LDA Design and inspired by discussions with technical experts, businesses and groups. Oxford City councillor Tom Hayes said: “Oxford’s iconic Broad Street will become Broad Meadow, an outdoors space for all to enjoy. The creation of this large outdoor public space will be a shot in the arm for the whole of the city, helping to bring people together safely. "Our aim is to pedestrianise more of the city and give all of Broad Street back to people in the long-term.” A city council spokesman said: "The council is seeking to promote the safe use of the city centre over the summer, to support Oxford’s economic recovery and to inform the development of longer-term options for creating better civic spaces on Broad Street and in other parts of the city in the future.
"The council is prioritising the use of local suppliers and seeking to support the environment by using recycled materials and re-using furniture after the scheme is finished."
All wood used is being recycled, with materials used to make the furniture involved in carrying medicines. The wood will have laser-cut slogans saying “I used to carry vaccines” and “I am recycled”. The changes will not affect bus stops. Access will be maintained from Broad Street to Market Street, which is the main route for deliveries to and from the Covered Market. Despite the city council's efforts to 'green' the street, the county council-run public car park in Broad Street will remain.

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Jesus Hernandez

August 25, 2021 | México

Visit my City - Video Challenge

Let's share the beauty of our cities!

In these times when travelling is limited, we want to visit your cities and get to know the places, people, and possibilities they have to become Breathable Cities.

We invite you to create a short video so we can visit your city in the next live gathering of Breathable Cities community of practice. We would love to tour around your soon-to-be CAZ and other wonderful places around.

Please find attached the guides in English and Spanish to help you in your creative process. We will share some ideas in the coming days.


¡Compartamos la belleza de nuestras ciudades!

En estos tiempos en los que nuestras opciones para viajar son limitadas, queremos visitar sus ciudades y conocer los lugares, personas, y posibilidades que tienen para volverse Breathable Cities (Ciudades Respirables).

Les invitamos a crear un video corto para que visitemos su ciudad en la próxima reunion en vivo de la comunidad de práctica de Breathable Cities. Nos encantaría explorar su futura Zona de Aire Limpio y los lugares maravillosos de sus ciudades.

Adjuntas pueden encontrar las guías en inglés y español para ayudarse en su proceso creativo. Compartiremos más ideas en los siguientes días.

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