Personally my main issue with all this is the lack of process, proper consultation and accountability, which seems to even include safely implementing the changes and co-ordinating with other councils.
Anyway, I thought I might be able to look into the data, because it’s on a webpage and I can count things.
So earlier today there were 322 comments listed here:
Of them I counted some stats and threw in a graph to make it less boring:
In answer to the question “Would you like this scheme to be made permanent?”
- 55% of respondents said ‘No’
- 38% of respondents said ‘Yes’
- 7% of respondents said ‘Undecided’
The question “How effective do you feel this scheme is in helping you socially distance and walk or cycle more?” allows a response on a scale of 0 to 100 to be chosen on the slider. 0 represents “Not very effective” while 100 represents “Very effective”.
- The average value of all returned responses was 39.7
- The average value of returned responses that also said ‘No’ to making the scheme permanent is 4.8
- The average value of returned responses that also said ‘Yes’ to making the scheme permanent is 90.0
- The average value of returned responses that also said ‘Undecided’ to making the scheme permanent is 40.0
The distribution of the responses can be seen in the following chart, which is pretty polarised as we would expect:
The site also features an ‘Agree’ button where other people can give a thumbs up to multiple existing comments quickly and simply. Interpretation of these is difficult as we don’t know which part of a response is being agreed with. Since the question about making the scheme permanent is simple to interpret (and matches well with the 0-100 answer), we can use that:
- There are a total of 3998 individual ‘agrees’ across the 322 comments counted
- The average ‘agrees’ across all comments is 12.4 per comment
- The average ‘agrees’ for all comments which responded ‘No’ to wanting want the scheme permanent is 11.2 per comment
- The average ‘agrees’ for all comments which responded ‘Yes’ to wanting want the scheme permanent is 15.4 per comment
- The average ‘agrees’ for all comments which responded ‘Undecided’ to wanting want the scheme permanent is 5.7 per comment
So in conclusion, a significant majority of respondents are saying they don’t want the scheme to be made permanent. The average response to whether the scheme is helping socially distance and walk or cycle more was also leaning towards the negative. However, about 4 more ‘agrees’ are being given to each comment that does wish the scheme to be made permanent, than those that don’t.
We don’t however know why, or who has entered any of this data, so we will have to trust the council to make proper use of it and hope they tell us later.
Similarly you don’t know exactly how I got or processed all this data, so you’ll have to trust I’m not making it all up!