Placemaking, liveable cities and bikes


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Hunter Streeet Mall Photo credit: Google maps

Wikipedia defines placemaking as “a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, ultimately creating good public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well being. Placemaking is both a process and a philosophy.”

One of the strategies for Newcastle’s development is placemaking, this was announced at the Jan Gehl lecture that was recently held by Newcastle Now. There are already a number of areas of Newcastle that have developed into “places”, and there are many more with the potential to develop into lovely places for people to sit or to wander, looking at interesting artwork, shops or parks.

Bikes, of course, lend themselves to promoting placemaking, they are a calm, easy and flexible mode of transport compared to both public transport and to cars. A trip down Hunter Street, a very long street for a city centre, reveals many such “places” which are already there …Picture 4

Wheeler Place  Photo credit: Google mapsPicture 5

Pacific Park:  Photo credit: Google maps

There are many more such places in this part of the city: small cafes down pretty laneways, murals, arty businesses and old shops, waiting to be refurbished. Bike lanes in this part of town will make all of this accessible in a far more effective way than travelling there by car would. This initiative will be an exciting one to see unfold.

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4 Responses to Placemaking, liveable cities and bikes

  1. Wayne says:

    I have noticed these little and sometimes very short green cycleways popping up around town. In one photo did you notice the corner shop with the name on top, Bennet and Wood, best wishes, Wayne.

    • Vicki says:

      Yes it is beside Wheeler Place, do you know what it used to be?

      • Wayne says:

        I would have thought it to be a bicycle store as I believe the Bennett bicycle was built by them, they later moved to Broadmeadow on the corner near Harvey Norman and were a Honda distributor and Auto parts shop, Wayne.

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