Well, I am back from my week off and thanks to the patience of my family, I was able to capture a few snaps of some interesting street-type stuff for future posts. But this week, some thoughts on using one's feet when on holiday.
|A level surface shared space which works for people. The road goes|
nowhere for vehicles (which is only accessed by those needing to
get to their caravans) and it feels very safe for all.
Why do the conditions permit such free-ranging? Well, one big plus is that the children don't need to go anywhere near any busy roads to get to amenities which are all within a 5 minute walk. This is a similar selling point for other holiday destinations such as Center Parcs and Butlins (hell, even all in leisure resorts!) - cars are seldom being used and the people on foot are in charge of the space.
|A network of well maintained and direct pathways means that it is|
easier and quicker to get around this mini-neighbourhood on foot.
|Perhaps not a "pretty" street, but cars are stored conveniently and|
out of the way and they are there by invitation into the pedestrian's
Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places, but our stay in the caravan proves that we don't need showman designers and expensive materials to make something which has a high sense of place and works for people; this makes me happy!
OK, I have probably over-analysed this (after all I did read Jan Gehl's "Cities for People" last week), but there are countless little examples of how things can be done right and I guess the challenge is to distill this into decent guidance, supported by data - more than holiday anecdotes, I'm sure!