Tell us what you think about public spaces in central Launceston

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We want to know what you think about public spaces in central Launceston. The Launceston Public Spaces and Public Life project is all about how people access the city and how they move around and use the space once there.

Earlier this year Gehl Architects conducted a Public Spaces and Public Life study in Launceston. Their work is based on considering people as the starting point to improving city environments. With the help of Gehl Architects and staff and students from the University of Tasmania, we've collected lots of information about what people do and how people move about central Launceston.

Now we want to hear from you about what you like about central Launceston, what works, what doesn't and what we can do to help make this city the best it can be.

We want to know what you think about public spaces in central Launceston. The Launceston Public Spaces and Public Life project is all about how people access the city and how they move around and use the space once there.

Earlier this year Gehl Architects conducted a Public Spaces and Public Life study in Launceston. Their work is based on considering people as the starting point to improving city environments. With the help of Gehl Architects and staff and students from the University of Tasmania, we've collected lots of information about what people do and how people move about central Launceston.

Now we want to hear from you about what you like about central Launceston, what works, what doesn't and what we can do to help make this city the best it can be.

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  • How can we make better use of our fortunate location and amenities?

    almost 10 years ago
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    Launceston has wonderful amenities.  It has a fantastic natural setting between the Tamar and North Esk Rivers and is located in close proximity to the Cataract Gorge Reserve.  The city has a human scale, with a dense, low-rise centre full of beautiful heritage buildings interspersed with wellmaintained parks.  Despite all this, walking between people spaces is not always easy or pleasant.

    What do you think can be done to make it easier and more desirable to make use of our environment?

     

  • How can we get a healthier mix of cars, bikes and pedestrians on our city streets?

    over 9 years ago
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    Much of the development of the city has prioritised moving vehicles over moving people.  There are obvious barriers formed by the traffic on Wellington and Bathurst Streets and cars have first priority on most other streets.  There is a lot of parking available in the centre which encourages cars into it.

    What do you think can be done to tip the balance back in favour of the pedestrian users of the city?

  • How can we make Launceston an even better city for walking and staying?

    almost 10 years ago
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    The city grid is rational and efficient, but it could provide better for people walking, riding bikes and sitting.  A clearer pedestrian network could be developed incorporating laneways and streets with a focus on providing for the needs of pedestrians and bike riders.

    What do you think can be done to make walking the most attractive form of transport in the central city?

     

  • How can we make the use of the inner city more diverse?

    over 9 years ago
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    City life is concentrated within a few city blocks with the Mall as its centre.  Retail and business activity keeps the centre alive during the day, but in the evenings it is mostly closed and inactive.  There are very few people living in the inner city and this inactivity has a negative effect on the feeling of safety at night.  The elderly and young children who are not interested in shopping, tend not to be in the city - even during the day.

    What can we do to encourage a wider range of users into the centre in the evenings?

  • How can we create more vibrant city spaces?

    over 9 years ago
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    Launceston has some pleasant parks and spaces in the central area.  However, the amount of people stopping and staying in them is relatively low compared to recognised potential.  Qualities including sun and shade, comfortable seating, accessibility from the pedestrian network, views, noise and high quality paving and street furniture, affect the level of use of public spaces.  Diversity of types of spaces is also useful.

    What do you think we can do to make city spaces more desirable for people to visit and spend time in?

  • What else could we do to make Launceston a better city for people?

    over 9 years ago
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    What other suggestions to you have for how we could make Launceston and even better city for people?

  • What should our priorities be?

    over 9 years ago
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    We would like your help to identify priorities for implementing the recommendations of the Launceston Public Spaces and Public Life report.  If you have not yet read the detail of the recommendations please take the opportunity to do so now - a link to the document is provided below.

    What of the following should be our top priority in making Launceston a better city for people and why?

    1. Ensuring a city centre that capitalises on its wonderful amenities.
    2. Ensuring a city centre with a people friendly traffic system.
    3. Ensuring a better city for walking.
    4. Ensuring a diverse city centre for all.
    5. Ensuring more invitations to stay in the city centre.