To highlight a route for pedestrians and cyclists a number of street crossings will be painted with colourful markings based on the branding for Live West Ealing. This is a way of connecting pedestrians from Drayton Green in the north to the Broadway in the south via Felix Road, Alexandria Road and Green Man Passage.
Ealing Council is looking to encourage walking and cycling within the West Ealing’s residential areas in other ways, too by making streets safer and more comfortable for local residents. To achieve this, it may be necessary to discourage the drivers who currently ‘cut-through’ the neighbourhoods. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, such as by traffic calming, with traffic sign restrictions or with physical restrictions such as bollards or planters.
This allows walking and cycling access along a street, but limits access by certain modes of traffic (like cars and vans). This is known as a modal filter. West Ealing already has some modal filters along Regina Road as shown below.
The council is currently analysing traffic flows through the area to understand the level of traffic that is taking place. The Live West Ealing team will be looking to gather local resident’s views on this approach to encourage walking and cycling across the neighbourhood.
Using kerbside space, for something other than a car parking space, is an opportunity to improve the area for all residents. Parklets are a space for seating and greenery put in the space of a parking spot. They are designed to encourage cycling, improve air quality, by creating less traffic. Each parklet measures 5m x 2m and only takes up the equivalent of one parking space on the street. In return two bike parking spaces and seating are provided.
Location: Leeland Road
Placed close to a café, this parklet aims to encourage people to linger in this important street at the heart of West Ealing. On Saturday mornings the street is closed to traffic for the weekly farmers market and the parklet provides the opportunity for shoppers to rest and eat produce sold by the artisan stall holders, as well as enjoy coffee sold by local cafés.
Location: Kirchen Road
Located on the street by an existing Lebanese restaurant the parklet is highly visible from the Broadway and demonstrates to the how road space can be used to provide greenery in a street without any planting.