Now that we’ve successfully* got TROs trending, it seems like transport is the only thing anyone wants to talk about. Delib Ltd: trendsetters since 2001.

Seriously though – have a quick look through the 1000-odd open activities Citizen Space Aggregator and you’ll see about 50% of the recent content is transport-related activity.

From traffic orders to new bus routes to electrifying the road network, our customers are engaging on transport – often as part of climate change strategies – more than ever. Plus, as Citizen Space Geospatial becomes widely adopted, they’re incorporating interactive mapping into their engagement too.

Here’s a small selection.

*one attendee of our event said it was ‘like Christmas came early’ so that counts as trending IMO

The New Zealand Ministry for the Environment is consulting on reducing emissions

New Zealand Ministry for the Environment's Citizen Space hub, displaying the Emissions Reduction Plan consultation as a featured consultation

The Ministry for the Environment is consulting on its first Emissions Reduction Plan. This consultation isn’t just about transport – it’s about reducing emissions across the whole of New Zealand – but transport makes up a big chunk of this chapter-based consultation.

The consultation sets out specific emissions reductions plans for different sectors, including agriculture, construction and, of course, transport.

Why it’s good: It’s laid out in a sensible way: there’s a chapter for each sector. Respondents can read about the plans in a document, or alternatively the information relative to each sector is available to read in a fact bank in the chapter for that sector. This is good for accessibility reasons, as the contents of fact banks is in HTML format, which can be read by screen readers more readily than a PDF.

I particularly like that the Ministry for the Environment has also made a ‘Quick submission’ version of the consultation, as well as a ‘snapshot’ version of the plans, meaning those without time to spare can have their say too.

The Government of Jersey is consulting on active travel in the Trinity area

Community engagement: Government of Jersey's Trinity Active Travel Plan on Citizen Space
Interactive mapping question in Government of Jersey's engagement on active travel in the Trinity area. Respondents are asked to drop up to 5 mins on areas of specific concern within the Trinity boundary

Trinity, one of 12 parishes on the island of Jersey, is a historic area that’s seen a decline in active travel over the years. So the Government of Jersey is engaging the community to find out what their needs are, as well as what they’d like to see changed or improved.

Why it’s good: This is a great example of engagement rather than consultation. It’s not proposing anything yet; rather, it’s giving residents lots of information about current transport options with informative images, diagrams and fact banks, while asking respondents things like their priorities for transport, their current methods and what they’d like to see changed. A geospatial question asks users to drop up to 5 pins on areas of concern, and they can describe in detail these areas on the following page. Rather than proposing options at this stage, the Government of Jersey will be able to use this information to make evidence-based proposals on the best way to increase active travel in Trinity.

The London Borough of Sutton is consulting on neighbourhood placemaking

Woman's hands holding a smartphone displaying a geospatial question within Sutton's Neighbourhood Placemaking consultation. The map displays a user-drawn route.

Sutton is consulting residents of Worcester Park on how to improve their neighbourhood by way of “reducing pollution, promoting healthier modes of transport and generally make streets safer and cleaner.”

Why it’s good: This is quite a large consultation, but it’s routed in such a way that, after some initial questions on how residents get around, respondents can choose which set of questions to answer, after which they can either skip to the end or answer a different section.

There are five sections (improvements to: buses; cycling; vehicular traffic; the public realm; and EV infrastructure), all of which contain geospatial questions. Consultations like this really display the benefits of interactive mapping: for example, respondents can drop pins on a map where they’d like to see additional bus stops. Then, on a second map, they can draw a line/route where precisely they’d like more bus lanes. It’s simple for the user and generates highly specific geospatial data for the consulting organisation.

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