As seen by our video series with businesses on Lower George's Street this initiative has resulted in many benefits, both for business owners and customers in the area.
Businesses now have the opportunity to increase their seating capacity and serve customers outdoors which has mutual benefits, both from an economic and public health perspective. The increased flora and fauna on the street is evident by the increase in foliage and prescene of bees in the area which also adds an ecological benefit too.
This project has enhanced the atmosphere and vibrancy of the street whilst not compromising on efficiency and practicality. This project also reduced emissions and increased air quality in the area.
The next phase will see the impact of the return to school on the pedestrian zone and the surrounding streets. The team are liaising with the Dominican School in this regard.
Behaviour & Attitudes have been commissioned to carry out a survey with businesses and pedestrians in the zone over the next two weeks. Businesses in close proximity to the zone will also be surveyed. A further survey of local residents will also take place in early September.
The trial ends on 30th September 2021.