4.3.1 – How could your local area be improved?

Investigating the practicalities of the 15 minute city concept in your local area

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:

  • explain what is meant by the 15 minute city concept
  • consider the cities where the concept is starting to be applied, and the connection with digital data
  • appreciate the benefits of applying the concept
  • start to consider how it might be applied to your own local area

This activity may require fieldwork for some primary data collection, or involve secondary data collection. The purpose of this section is to explore how feasible the plans would be for your own local area.

Consider the quality of the walking routes in your local area which connect the main residential areas with the main services which people have identified, and would use most frequently. 

Students in groups explore the implications of the following improvements:

Walking – exploring how this can be facilitated for all

eScooters: some cities have rentals for these and also bicycles. What are the barriers to the implementation of schemes like this in your local area?

e.g. population size, legal aspects

Barriers to movement – explore e.g. cobbled streets in historic cities, high traffic volumes causing safety concerns.


ESRI (pavement width map was created – helps with the lockdown)





Source: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/the-planning-for-walking-toolkit.pdf 




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