Living Streets Guernsey August 2010 Newsletter

September 10th, 2010 by Pat Wisher

The Living Streets Guernsey August 2010 newsletter contains the following news stories and more.  For more information about Living Streets Guernsey and their work please visit their website.

The first Living Streets Tranquility Walk

Fifty islanders (and two dogs!) took up the challenge of the Tranquillity Walk in July. The walk was intended to be a major fund raiser for the Safe Route to the Baubigny Schools project and we expect it to be an annual event in the Guernsey calendar.  The 8 mile walking challenge took islanders across the centre of the island from Town to L’Erée using mainly lanes and Ruettes Tranquilles. The route was designed by Tom and Anne Le Pelley and Tom led the walkers.

Deputy Tom Le Pelley leads Tranquility walkers out of Town (click image to expand)

The weather was beautiful and Guernsey’s countryside was breathtaking. We stopped at The Farmhouse for refreshments half way through the route and the first walkers arrived at L’Eree at 5.15—just two and three quarter hours after setting off from Town.  Several of our walkers raised considerable sums of money through gaining sponsorship from friends and family, for which we are most grateful. We collected £1,028 from sponsorships and donations.

This will go towards some of the safety measures in the vinery site through which students will walk on their way to school.

New pathway to the Baubigny Schools takes shape

Bad weather earlier in the year prevented us from starting work but now, with the help of our sponsors and other groups and volunteers we are on target to open the route for the new term on Thursday 2nd September.  We have now installed the gate into the vinery site from the “muddy” track and developed the earth bank which delineates the route the children will take. A large bank of greenhouses has been clad with pvc to protect against flying glass and another earth bank and fencing guides the students through the vinery past the prison boundary and into the school land. We could not have achieved our deadline without the generous help of Joy Le Gallez and Robin Cave and the team from the Social Services CEPS Scheme.

Team from the Social Services CEPS Scheme prepare ground to install one of the gate posts (click image to expand)

Tom Le Pelley, Ken Wheeler and Vic Froome and his friends also put in many hours of their time. Roger Froome provided staff free of charge to develop the longest earth bank and finally, Peter Gregory from RG Falla, our main sponsor, helped and advised us throughout the project and provided his staff time free of charge.

Mick from Bob Froome & Sons developing the earth banks along the new pathway to Baubigny Schools (click image to expand)

Living Streets says Twenty’s plenty for Guernsey

In June Val Rowland led a discussion on whether Guernsey should follow the UK’s lead in making 20mph the default speed limit in built up and residential areas. Hit by a car travelling at 20mph a pedestrian is likely to survive—at 35mph they only have a 50/50 chance.

The Baubigny Schools new road system and 20 mph speed limit means more children walk and cycle to school (click image to expand)

Research finds that in 20mph zones it is quiet enough for conversation and eye contact with drivers so children can play safely and people feel less threatened.  Not only do 20mph zones encourage a shift to walking and cycling, but by smoothing traffic flow they make cars require around 12% less fuel.  Val used the example of France where build outs and changed surfaces calm traffic in villages. The speed limit is 30kph (equivalent to 18.5mph) making our 25mph much more aggressive by comparison.

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