Sun, sea and busy dual carriageways: an update on our community engagement in Southend-on-Sea, for the interdisciplinary research project, Street Mobility and Network Accessibility.
The boom in British road construction during the early twentieth century envisaged a better-connected future. However, busy roads can also confine and restrict us. On Monday, Mapping for Change met our Street Mobility project partners at Liverpool Street. We jumped on a train to Southend Victoria to continue our work on main roads; specifically, the negative physical and psychological impact of major arterial roads on older people.
As we get older, there are various personal, social and environmental factors which may limit the amount we go out and about in our local area. One of these relates to the physical layout of our neighbourhood, particularly how walkable it is, at a time when we start to become less mobile. This week, Mapping for Change have been in Southend-on-Sea, to begin our investigation of how the local community responds to the area’s busy main roads. Extreme self-control also saw us resist the temptation to eat fish and chips! We hope you’re as proud of us as we were.