Tuesday, 27 January 2009

zone of quiet

zone of quiet
Originally uploaded by serlingrod
Found this on Flickr - an unusual approach to trying to reduce noise in cities. In my view highly unlikely to work, given that road (safety) signs are regularly ignored. Still, it does at least indicate intent and raise awareness, much like the 20 mph signs to be introduced in Bristol in the next year or so.

There is some evidence from Austria that variable speed limit signs based on dynamically measured noise levels have a small effect on noise (1 - 2 dB reduction)

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Citizenscape Project

I'll be blogging about the Citizenscape project as momentum on this builds over the next few months. Its an EU funded project which aims to increase democratic participation in South Bristol through Web 2.0 methods. Its focus is on.... Environmental Noise! Specifically the END. Its being run by the corporate consultation team and I am providing some technical support on noise.

The consultation on AskBristol went live last week and has received a few posts so far. We're working with Knowle West Media Centre to engage the community in South Bristol over the next few months. The outcomes will hopefully be greater participation in local democracy and a real influence over the forthcoming noise action plan for Bristol.