Living Streets Guernsey AGM on 23 May 2012 celebrates 10th birthday

May 19th, 2012 by Living Streets Guernsey

The pedestrian safety group Living Streets Guernsey will be celebrating its 10th birthday at it’s AGM on Wednesday 23 May 2012 at 7.30 pm in the Emma Ferbrache Room at the PEH.

Pat Wisher, Secretary of Living Streets and founder member, said “we were launched as STEPS at an evening event at St. Andrew’s School on 23rd May 2002. Around 60 islanders joined us and we became the Guernsey branch of Living Streets. The following day was Car Free Day and we walked through Town with the Living Streets stilt walkers Billy & Belinda Belisha giving out balloons to children.”

Pat Wisher of Living Streets Guernsey with Living Streets Guernsey Country Walks cards (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Over the years STEPS (and more recently Living Streets Guernsey) has worked tirelessly to improve the safety of the walking environment in Guernsey undertaking well over 100 “walking audits” on behalf of islanders.

At our launch in 2002 the then Chief of Police, Mike Wyeth, joined us and became our first guest speaker. We are, therefore, delighted that Guernsey Chief of Police, Patrick Rice, has agreed to join us at our 10th anniversary meeting.

Guernsey's Chief Officer of Police Patrick Rice (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

We have had a very close working relationship with the Police over the years and so we are looking forward to hearing, in particular, the plans for the traffic section of the Police.

Chief of Police, Patrick Rice said “road safety issues are a high priority to the Guernsey Police and are dealt with by the Traffic Department who have previously worked with Living Streets on the subjects of “pavement surfing” and other issues. It is my intention to keep this working relationship and by working together we can only improve road safety for all users in Guernsey.”

Living Streets is looking forward to the next ten years of campaigning for better streets and public places for people on foot.

STEPS and its successor Living Streets Guernsey has been involved in the following issues over the last ten years:

2003– “A survey of Guernsey’s zebra crossings” – a safety check on every zebra crossing in the island and recommendations for improvements. The Traffic Committee accepted our 48 page illustrated report and agreed that there were deficiencies.  Many of our proposals have now been implemented.

2003/7—Road Safety Week – We chaired the Road Safety Week Committee – working with the three emergency services and other organisations – in order to highlight a range of road safety issues.

2003– “Making Travel Plans Work” – we invited four eminent speakers from the UK for this one day conference.  Around 80 people took part and we have continued working with organisations and schools to help them develop travel plans in order to reduce congestion around their workplaces.

2004—“Rough crossings” we invited islanders to tell us the worst places to cross the road in Guernsey and submitted reports to the Traffic Committee.

2004—“Disappearing Footpaths” we convened a meeting with the Douzaines to try to tackle the problem of overgrown footpaths.

2004—“Keeping Guernsey moving—the role of travel plans” – we convened a seminar for HR staff of the CIPD group as a follow up to our Travel Plans Conference in 2003.

2005—“Pavements 4 Pedestrians” – a problem orientated policing initiative with the Guernsey Police to try to stop the practice of parking on the pavements.

2006—“What Price Road Safety?” – proposals for reducing road traffic collisions.  We estimated the cost to our economy of treating road traffic casualties was £11million.   We called for a joined up approach to tackle this issue and recommended the re-introduction of a Road Safety Officer.

2007/8— Safe routes to the new Baubigny Schools.- we  campaigned  for the one way system and cycle contra flow adjacent to the new school so that St. Sampson’s and Vale students could walk and cycle in safety.  We were delighted when the new Environment Department put this in place for the start of the new term in 2008.

2007/10— Our most recent campaign – to open up a cross country route for students coming from St. Peter Port so that they, too, have the option of walking and cycling safely to the Baubigny Schools.  The new pathway was opened in September 2010 thanks to the help of many Guernsey companies.

2010/11—“Pavement surfing” – a joint initiative with the Guernsey Police to clarify the law so that motorists are aware of the correct way to behave when faced with a wide vehicle in a narrow road.

2011 – a Survey of the Albion Crossing (the “Woolies crossing”)

We interviewed 100 pedestrians at the crossing over 4 mornings and prepared a report for the Environment Department.  The survey was initiated as a result of concerns expressed by one of our members on the safety of this “unofficial crossing”.  We put forward various proposals for making it safer.

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