Monday, 6 March 2017

Barnet Council launches new interactive consultation tool with cycling consulation

Barnet Council is trialling a new online tool, Geovey, to give residents, visitors and businesses the opportunity to have their say on improvements and facilities in their area.
The tool allows users to explore local areas on an online map, make comments on current suggestions and vote using a ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’. The tool also allows users to propose new sites or facilities by dragging and dropping a pin onto a location.
As well as voting, the tool enables conversations between neighbours and communities as users are able to comment on each other’s proposals.
There are currently two topics that users can contribute to: the provision of cycle parking across the borough, and improvements to Montrose Playing Fields and Silkstream Park.
Screenshot of Geovey in useCouncil officers will capture the feedback from Geovey to help make decisions about the types of improvements and facilities that neighbourhoods want.

Councillor Dean Cohen, Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, said: “We are constantly looking for new ways to improve our services and offer better ways of engaging with residents. I am looking forward to seeing the feedback we receive through Geovey, and I would really encourage those that live or work in the borough to get involved.”

The Barnet Eye is pleased that the council has opened a new channel for residents to consult with the council. There are two current topics. One is on Silkstream park and the other is on Cycling provision. My view is that cycling is a completely ignored mode of transport in the Borough and is not a safe option on many of our roads. Sadly rather than asking about how cycling can be made safer and  easier in the Borough and which road junctions etc need addressing, they are simply asking what type of cycle parking provision is most desirable. It seems to me that this is a verys adly missed opportunity to resolve a very serious issue.

To access Geovey, visit barnet.geovey.org. The tool will be trialled until autumn 2017, with further topics to be added as the trial continues.

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Rosie Canning said...

I agree, we missed out on the cycle highway and I saw it a couple of weeks ago and it's fantastic. So much safer.