Project brief

Our community consultation process has resulted in a number of thoughtful and interesting ideas, all sourced from your input. We asked about:

  • Your ideas for alternative uses of Drummond Street
  • Ways you can imagine yourselves using these facilities
  • Times of the day, week and year you think you will use them
  • Whether you prefer communal or private uses
  • Whether you are prepared to maintain and pay for upgrades

Here’s what you told us:

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Ideas: outer coloured circles indicate popularity of idea; inner white circles indicate interest in using idea

20121217 neighbour use

Use: times of the day, week and year

20131217 neighbour accessibility

Accessibility: communal or private

20131217 neighbour maintenance

Maintenance and payment

Based on this input:

  • You love the qualities already offered by the street. 82% of you suggested installing more of the existing infrastructure i.e. trees, other plants and lawn areas. The aesthetic quality of the street and the ability of more trees to act as a carbon sink were also highlighted as important.
  • You can see yourselves undertaking a wide variety of activities on the street, from sun baking to dog walking, playing football to gardening. Some of these will add to activities you currently undertake within your properties, others will replace them.
  • You feel greatest affinity with treating the street like an extension of your homes. Living (68%), eating (45%) and socialising (59%) are amongst the most popular activity categories.
  • You support altering the way traffic enters, moves through and exits the street. 36% of you suggested blocking through traffic, reducing speed limits or improving ground surfaces for pedestrian activities.
  • You love the sun. 95% of you indicated you would use upgraded street facilities during warmer months, as well as warmer winter days. 45% of you prefer the idea of using the street on weekends.
  • You resoundingly support the idea of retaining the street for communal use. 82% of you requested communal facilities, while only 14% requested an either private, gated or hybrid street.
  • Most (82%) of you are prepared to maintain parts of the street yourselves, though many suggested Council maintenance of larger lawn or paved areas would be preferable. Some of you commented that opportunities for working bees and other neighbourhood social opportunities would be welcome.
  • Many of you are prepared to pay for upgrades to the street. 77% of you were happy to contribute financially. 36% suggested an up front capital investment, while 59% suggested additional Council rates.

Image sources:

  1. Activity ideas. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  2. Usage patterns. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  3. Communal vs. private. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  4. Maintenance and payment. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.

Who are you?

One half of the questions we asked you as part of our community consultation process were about you. Our aim was to discover as much about the local community for whom Streets Without Cars will be designed. We asked about:

  • Your age, gender and home situation
  • Where you work and how get there
  • How many cars and bikes your household owns
  • The makeup of your household and how long you’ve been living here

Here’s what we discovered:

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Personal details

20131212 neighbour commute


20131212 neighbour travel

Distance travelled to work

20131212 neighbour household

The household

Based on these research findings, we can make some key observations about the community:

  • There is a rich mix of age groups and home situations represented, from students and young professionals in share houses, to young families, to older individuals and couples. While there is a large minority of students (22%), they are not in the majority as might have been expected.
  • There are a little over double the number of rented houses as there are owner occupied. Renters tend to have moved into the area more recently than owners: on average in the past 18 months compared 8 years.
  • Most people work or study close to home, 86% within a radius of less than 10km. This equates to 73% of residents who work or study at home, in the inner north or in the city.
  • A minority (32%) use a car to get to and from work. A larger minority (45%) use public transport, ride or walk. The remainder (23%) work at home or are primary care givers.

We also asked:

  • What access you have to private open space
  • How you use it and the median strip along Drummond Street

Here’s what you said:

20131212 neighbour pos

Access to private open space

20131212 neighbour pos use

Use of private open space

20131212 neighbour street use

Use of street

These access and usage patterns reveal the following:

  • 100% of residents have access to a private courtyard, though anecdotally they vary vastly in quality and usability.
  • Only 9% have access to an off-street car space, and of these only 5% use them for parking.
  • Almost all residents (95%) make use of their private open space in one way or another. A majority (86%) treat their outdoor spaces as extensions of their living environments and 55% use them for socialising. Living and socialising activities include relaxing, studying, cooking, drinking, entertaining and partying.
  • 77% of residents make use of the street in one way or another. Again, living (41%) and socialising (55%) activities are the most common uses, including picnics, parties, entertaining, drinking, reading, sunbaking and relaxing.
  • There was general agreement that the generous dimensions of the street facilitate social activities and offsets smaller private living spaces. The dense built fabric, which blocks the sun in either the morning (odd street numbers) or afternoon (even street numbers), encourages residents to use the street to compensate.

Image sources:

  1. Personal details. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  2. Work details. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  3. Distance travelled to work. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  4. The household. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  5. Access to private open space. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  6. Use of private open space. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  7. Use of the street. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.

Community consultation

20131210 respondents plan

Results from our community consultation are in. Of our 39 neighbours within the site area, we have received feedback from 22. Most have expressed keen interest in Streets Without Cars. We have arranged to meet with 3 and have delivered copies of the survey to 11 more. We have been unsuccessful with only 2 neighbours.

We will upload content from the consultation process in coming days.

Image source:

  1. Respondents plan. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.