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Amongst the key issues identified from SCF’s 2017 Common User Survey were:

Although these findings came as no surprise, they clearly needed to be addressed. We therefore set up a “hot Topic” working group to explore the issues, to research how these problems are addressed in other open spaces, both nationally and internationally, and to identify possible solutions that could be explored for The Common. The working group’s full report can be found here. In parallel, we conducted an online survey of commuters using The Common, together with actual counts of numbers of cyclists and pedestrians using key junctions at prime commuting times  and their directions of travel. Southampton City Council also conducted its own surveys.

April 2019 Meeting Reports and other related  information

2017 Common User Survey.

Green Travel and Safety Working Group Report. (pdf)

Green Travel and Safety Public Meeting Report. (pdf)

Presentation on results of the 2019 Commuter Survey. (pdf)

Presentation on report from the Green Travel and Safety Working Group. (pdf)

Anonymised  Commuter Survey data. (Excel spreadsheet) - Note: a condensed version of the raw data is currently in preparation.

In April 2019, SCF co-hosted an open public meeting and workshop at the University of Southampton to publicise the Green Travel and Safety Report and the Commuter Survey data and to discuss the results and conclusions. Follow the links in the RHS panel to access  the meeting report, presentations and anonymised survey data.

Over summer 2019, in collaboration with the University of Southampton, Southampton City Council and Philips Signify, SCF is conducting trials of a new street light  system which is claimed to be “bat friendly”. This is the first trial of this system in the UK and the first in an urban context and we are delighted to be involved in this important piece of scientific research.

Following on from our Green Travel Report and Workshop and online and on Common surveys, Southampton City Council has used our research to inform the first phase of its proposals for green travel in and around The Common: a planning application for improving Lovers’ walk as a green travel route and proposals for segregated, on-road cycle lanes on the Avenue through  The Common. Consultations on these 2 proposals were launched in late February 2020. Find out more here.