Community Street Audits are a way to evaluate the quality of streets and spaces from the viewpoint of the people who use them, rather than those who manage them. We involve small groups of local residents, traders, councillors and officers to assess a route on foot, following which a detailed report is produced with recommendations.
Living Streets' community street audits are highly commended and we have audited walking routes in major cities, busy town centres and residential areas. The subsequent audit report identifies issues raised by all the stakeholders and adopts a pragmatic approach to solutions to help make the council's work as effective as possible.
What have you learnt that others will find most useful?
- Audits identify ways to make streets and local neighbourhoods more liveable and to prioritise the needs of pedestrians and those using active travel.
- Council decisions on changes to the streetscape are informed by insights from an appropriate cross-section of stakeholders, including local residents and businesses.
- Living Streets can provide ongoing support to residents and local authorities in order to make the improvements happen.
- Independent Audit Reports produced from community street audits have been used by Councils to successfully secure funding for short-term improvements and have also contributed to masterplans for longer-term projects.