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

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Work

20131212 neighbour travel

Distance travelled to work

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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:

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Access to private open space

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Use of private open space

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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.
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6 thoughts on “Who are you?

    1. Actually, the entire landscape is connected via gentle ramps running up both sides of the street. Same goes for the at-grade strip for car movement. The terraces are restricted to one half of the street only.

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