Unley Publications : Unley Life Autumn 2015
UNLEYLIFE 15 Residents are being encouraged to ride their bikes more often, as part of Unley Council’s Living Streets/ Healthy Streets initiative. The Council has spent the past couple of months working on the Rugby Street and Porter Street corridor, recognised as a popular cyclist route into the CBD, as well as providing important local connections to schools, childcare, parks, community services and shops within Parkside, Unley, Malvern and beyond. The upgrades focus on safety and accessibility for all and include improving: • safety for people crossing local streets; • streetscape character and amenity; • visibility for people, cyclist and drivers at/ or approaching local intersections; • night time lighting and travel conditions; • pedestrian access and ramps (enabling prams, walkers, wheel chairs, scooters and small bikes access); • cycle safety, orientation and access (including separating pedestrians and cyclists where appropriate); and • connections between Unley Central and the CBD (way finding signage), as well as improved viability of alternate on-road cycle routes to Unley Road. The better use of key local streets is a primary objective of Council’s new Open Space Strategy and reflects some of the innovative ideas provided by the local community through the Community of Possibilities engagement. It’s all par t of the Council’s commitment to providing safe and attractive local streets to walk and ride. Pleasant, safer and greener streets encourage a more active and healthier lifestyle for all ages and abilities within the local community. Unley Councillor Michael Hewitson says Melbourne is a great example of facilitating more bike riding. " W ith safe and effective cycling corridors like Melbourne, Unley will replace 12 per cent of our cars with bikes and free up our roads,” he says. “It is great to see a start made in Unley.” As part of the Living Streets initiative Council also asked local artist Helen Crawford to create an art installation at the Frederick and Rugby Street intersection. The work is inspired by the healthy ways residents move through our local, shared environment - on foot, bike, skates or pram. “ This work comes in two parts - a ground painting on some raised safety island areas and some more ephemeral installations (using mostly biodegradable materials) near the painted area,” says Helen. “ T he result is a playful and bright work that people of all ages can relate to and interact with.” Helen praised the Council for its commitment to art. “Unley Council plays a vitally impor tant role in engaging artists and the work of artists within the community, and with the community,” she says. “Artists bring unique insights and reflections to life in ways that reflect and visually share the unique nature and vibrancy of the community.” Unley is embarking on an exciting urban design project through the creation of ‘Parklets’ along major retail strips and traders are jumping at the chance to host the public spaces. Parklets are temporary structures used to create new spaces along main streets. Parklets, born in San Francisco in 2005, have lately become a vibrant and popular addition to streetscapes in Adelaide...now it’s Unley’s turn! Over the past month the City of Unley has sought Parklet proposals to add new life and colour to King William Road. Popular traders Nutrition Republic and Cotto are the first cabs off the rank to host the Parklets. Cotto’s CEO Solomon Farah is excited about what is in store for the Parklets. " We are really excited to be involved with the first Parklet in the Unley area. It is a great oppor tunity for us to give back to the community and provide a safe and family friendly space where people can sit, relax and enjoy some activities or simply watch the world go by on King William Road.” For more information about this exciting project, visit unley.sa.gov.au/parklet A little touch of San Francisco Solomon Farah.
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