Regeneration schemes are key for citizen's wellbeing

Urban regeneration improves the daily life of citizens in many ways, from the physical and mental health of communities, an area’s economic prosperity and enhancing safety for all. The government’s Levelling Up fund has been designed to tackle regional inequality across the UK, with a focus on transport infrastructure and regeneration.

Improving provision for active travel and the reliability of public transport are two key methods of urban regeneration. Studies have shown that walking and cycling infrastructure improvements can increase high street retail spend by up to 30%, as well as make urban environments more accessible to all.

Implementing slower speeds, either through introducing speed limits or through interventions such as Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, encourages cycling and walking by making neighbourhoods safer and more appealing for these modes.

The reliability of local bus services can make a big difference too. Introducing bus gates and multi-modal traffic control that can be optimised in response to demand will help regulate services and encourage more people to travel by public transport and leave their car at home.

Regeneration schemes using Vivacity labs traffic sensor data

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The challenges in implementing regeneration projects

A key milestone in the government’s Net Zero strategy is for half of all journeys in towns and cities to be cycled or walked by 2030. Facilitating this shift from car-centric to citizen-centric urban environments is one of the biggest and most pressing challenges facing authorities across the UK.

Traditional traffic monitoring technology has not provided accurate, long-term analysis of pedestrian and cyclist behaviours. Instead it has been focused on cars and other motorised transport.

This has made it difficult and costly to gather insights on how active travel modes use urban environments. Without this real-world insight it’s impossible to truly optimise urban areas for active travel or evidence the before/after impact of interventions as part of urban regeneration strategies.

GDPR and data-privacy should be always at the heart of any road user monitoring, and when it comes to pedestrian road use this issue is particularly sensitive and critical. Monitoring technology must meet the highest standards, following privacy-by-design principles.

Traffic sensor insights for regeneration programmes

Vivacity’s AI computer vision technology gathers accurate, anonymous and detailed, 24/7 real-time data on up to 32 road user classes, including active travel modes. Classified counts and pedestrian and cyclists paths are particularly valuable data insights when planning, implementing and assessing regeneration schemes.

Features that support regeneration schemes:

  • Classified Counts – Assess the quantities and types of road users that are frequenting regeneration target sites
  • Paths – Gain insights into how road users, especially pedestrians, are using roads and pavements, and interacting with other transport modes
  • Zonal Speed – Assess the impact of road speeds on active travel in regeneration areas

 

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Data insights from our AI-powered computer vision technology supports regeneration schemes in a range of ways:

  • Baseline data – Receive a clear picture of how high streets and other regeneration target areas are being used by different road users, set predetermined goals and measure post-implementation against
  • Long-time and real-time data – Access historic and real-time data to identify trends and assess changes in pedestrian footfall following scheme implementation
  • Comprehensive quantitative data to support funding applications – Demonstrate your ability to monitor and evaluate scheme performance effectively
  • Data backed decisions and evidenced results – Communicate the reasons for and impact of a scheme to local communities and stakeholders with credibility and clarity

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Keeping citizens’ data secure and private.

Our vision is to provide citizen-centric Smart Cities that make our environments more interconnected, greener and safer. Keeping citizens’ data safe and private is critical to the success of our technology, and our privacy-by-design principles is at the heart of how we do things.

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