The first autumn winds are blowing away the summer memories but the great achievements of C4P over the summer stay. We have been keeping up the good work in Barton, where on Friday 16th August our Mobility Community members, pilot participants and experts came together at the Makerspace in the County Library, in the Westgate Shopping Centre. The event was the occasion to combine the Presentation Day and Quadruple Helix Stakeholder (QHS) and meet important decisions!
During the first part of the event, the outcomes of the first round of pilot transport solutions tested this year in Barton were presented. Participants got to know more about the actual impact of the concessionary bus pass, the free shuttle service to affordable supermarkets and the face to face smartphone app training. Citizens actively engaged in group discussions and brought up their personal experience with taking part in the pilot.
Introducing the participants to the impact of the three initiatives in the first phase of the day contributed to creating an informed and motivated audience that could actively engage with the analysis tools used in the QHS. As a matter of fact, the public was tasked with selecting which of the 3 pilots should be scaled up into an improved and larger pilot. Following the determination of the pilot for scale-up, participants then voted on the areas the pilot should be scaled-up into.
By the end of the day, both organisers and participants were extremely satisfied by the outcomes of the event. Everyone enjoyed the time together and participants left feeling that they provided a valid contribution to their community. As a matter of fact, the outcome of the event provided a direction for all future activities of C4P in Oxfordshire: we now have a pilot to focus on for the Hackdays and areas to have community engagement activities to build interest in the scale-up. Stay tuned and don’t miss all the upcoming updates!