Over 100 people crowded into Winchester Discovery centre on Tuesday 13 June to think about what we can learn from experiences in Oxford and elsewhere.

These are the main lessons which WinACC drew from the meeting:

•We need leadership, and commitment for 5,10, 15 years
•Cities are for living (interaction), highways are for moving
•Consider movement and public realm together
•Need to work together - County and City Councils, urban designers and traffic planners
•Learn from elsewhere, do research, consider theory, involve experts
•Consider context (historic, environmental, regional, economic)
•Good consultation with stakeholders, manage public reactions
•Exploit national opportunities – rail routes, funding pots

•Make the city a place for everyone – so think carefully about “shared space” 

Two expert speakers focussed on their experiences in Oxford and Oxfordshire, and the lessons they drew from it.

They spoke of the importance of a consistent vision, referring to the fact that schemes take 5, 10 or even more years to implement. They set out some of the barriers to resolving traffic and movement problems, which include the difficulties created by two-tier areas and the gap in approach between traffic planners and urban designers; they also include public attitudes, funding and physical geography. 

Bev Hindle of Oxfordshire County Council spoke on the development of the Oxford Transport Strategy, what has been achieved and what is planned.  See Bev's presentation part 1; part 2. Bev is the Strategic Director responsible for the Highway and Waste Authorities, Infrastructure Strategy and Delivery, Economy & Skills and Property Services.

Ben Hamilton-Baillie, renowned urban designer, reflected on his work in Oxford and elsewhere. His consultancy has promoted new approaches to traffic management and street design to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists and reclaim the street as an urban space.  His presentation was too big to upload but we have made a summary.

WinACC provided data on Oxford's economy and carbon emissions.

At the end of the meeting, people were asked for the most important lessons they would to take forward into discussions about how to make it easier and more pleasant to move round Winchester.  See what they told us or download the list of lessons.

The meeting was chaired by Cllr Jan Warwick, Environment and Transport Portfolio-holder, Winchester City Council. Organised by WinACC in partnership with the City of Winchester Trust and Friends of the Earth Winchester. It was a follow-up to  last year's conference Winchester: Thinking Ahead. Traffic congestion was the biggest challenge identified by that conference: "Winchester will inevitably change – to manage it, we need to address movement – i.e. how people move about the city, including walking, cycling, public transport, traffic congestion as well as cars and other vehicles."

At a second meeting  on 1 July, almost forty people discussed how these lessons can be applied in Winchester. Valuable suggestions about how to take things forward emphaised leadership. People recommended tryng thing out, making things fun and helping people to experience what it's like to be in a city woth less traffic blight. See their ideas.