We have released the results of our survey on the design of High Street, Belmont (between Mount Pleasant and Roslyn Roads), as part of the Better Bike Connections project.
A total of 2,611 people completed the survey, which was open from 31 July to 7 September 2018. Around 65 per cent of respondents were from the 3216 postcode (43 per cent were from Belmont).
All age groups were represented, with 25-49 year olds making up almost half (49 per cent) of respondents.
Most respondents shopped or accessed services on High Street (81 per cent) and travelled through High Street (64 per cent).
Around 90 per cent accessed High Street by car, 51 per cent walked and 27 per cent cycled.
*Percentages add up to more than 100 per cent because respondents could select multiple options.
Overall key findings
The survey results showed that options 1 and 2 (35 and 39 per cent respectively) were the highest rated options.
Option 2 included two variations (2A and 2B) proposing separated bike paths on High Street with reduced on-street parking staggered across both sides of the street and the potential to double the number of street trees.
Under both option 2A (16 per cent) and 2B (23 per cent), around 53 of 83 on-street car parks would be retained.
Option 2A proposes two-way separated bike path on the western side of the street, and option 2B proposes one-way separated bike paths on each side of the street.
Option 1 was the preferred design option for 35 per cent of respondents, it proposes minimal overall change to High Street with bikes and cars sharing the road and on-street parking retained, except around two new pedestrian crossings.
Option 3 was the third ranked option; 24 per cent of respondents chose this option, which proposes protected bike lanes on both sides of High Street, and all on-street car parking removed. The design also includes wider footpaths and the potential to double the number of street trees.
The majority of respondents supported significant streetscape and amenity change in High Street, with 63 per cent voting for either option 2 or 3. Only 37 per cent of people wanted minimal or no change to the street.
Groups that preferred each option
Belmont residents had a split preference for option 1 (37 per cent) and option 2 variations (2A - 16 per cent, 2B - 21 per cent).
For postcode 3216 residents (Belmont and surrounding suburbs): option 1 was preferred (39 per cent) followed by option 2 variations (2A -15 per cent and 2B - 21 per cent).
The majority of landlords /property managers preferred option 2 variations (2A - 27 per cent and 2B - 23 per cent).
45 per cent of High Street workers and 58 per cent of business owners preferred option 1.
There was a propensity for younger respondents to select options with greater change.
Those aged 18 to 49 years preferred option 2 variations (2A - 19 per cent and 2B - 27 per cent) and option 3 (27 per cent).
47 per cent of under 18s preferred option 3. Whereas the over 50s were more likely to want minimal or no change, with 48 per cent of this age group preferring option 1.
Those shopping / accessing services on High Street preferred option 1 (38 per cent) followed by option 2 variations (2A - 16 per cent and 2B - 21 per cent).
The majority of those who described their connection to High Street as ‘travelling through’ preferred option 2 variations (2A - 18 per cent or 2B - 25 per cent).
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