The Mary Street Piazza 2 Week Pop Up Trial will be launched at 6pm Friday 25 July. Make sure you get down to Beaufort Street to check it out. The trial will run from 25 July until Friday 8 August. Here’s how it was looking earlier today –
There will be a program of activities in the piazza plus plenty of chill out time where you can grab a coffee or bite to eat from local businesses and relax in the new space.
This is a fantastic idea that really fits with the community’s vision for the street in the Better Beaufort Action Plan.
Principle 1 of the Action Plan is to ‘Create a great place for people of all ages’.
Attracting people is the key to creating a great place and supporting local businesses. We need to attract more people, particularly on weekdays, which are currently quiet times for the street. This can be achieved by creating a pedestrian-friendly street and places to sit and relax. Making the street more interesting and comfortable for people of all ages will help increase pedestrian numbers. Think about everything from the perspective of pedestrians and cyclists first. People don’t shop from their cars.
“If you plan for people and places, you get people and places. It is not true that more traffic and road capacity are the inevitable results of growth. They are in fact the products of very deliberate choices that have been made to shape our communities to accommodate the private automobile. We have the ability to make different choices — starting with the decision to design our streets as comfortable and safe places — for people on foot, not people in cars.” Project for Public Spaces
“We’re looking at our streets as valuable public places, and we need to make it easier and safer for people to walk around and bike…. Good streets are good business.” Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transport Commissioner