An exploratory initial meeting was held at Kings Place by the Regents Canal on 23 February. A group of interested residents held the informal meeting with the London Co-ordinator of Living Streets, Alasdair, with view to reviving a Camden branch of Living Streets. One of us, Gregory, also attended later the annual supporters conference where ideas about developing campaigns were modelled and shared, along with some walking audit practice.
We share a common aim to help make South Camden more accessible for pedestrians and human powered transport. We'd like to start by encouraging relevant authorities to work to join up existing pathways, so that people can walk and cycle more freely, pleasantly and safely. A particular focus of concern is the newly regenerating streetscape in and around Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.
We would like developers, TFL and Camden and Islington councils to work to establish routes between the south and north of Euston Road (A501), and east from York Way to St Pancras Way / Pancras Road, and to Euston Station at the west. Although we have not yet delved into technical discussions about transport and crossings, as previous Camden Living Streets activists have done, we share a passion to work to create a more conducive urban environment for people, of all ages and abilities, who want to walk to school, to work, for recreation etc.
Through Living Streets, we hope to connect some of the many stakeholder groups and government agencies, by establishing a simple line of communication with the pedestrian residents of the area.
Some of us will take an easy walk on Sunday afternoon 26 April at 4pm from Ghandi's memorial at Tavistock Square and we would be happy to meet anyone interested there.
(see also: londonfleetriver.blogspot.com)