At The Laneway Project, we are working on a lot of big and small projects to improve how we interact and experience laneways. There are many simple ways to start taking back your laneways and utilizing the space to your advantage. We hope to inspire everyone to get involved by using these spaces in meaningful ways. Get out there and see what laneways have to offer you! If you don't know where to start, here’s a list of a few ways you can start Interacting with laneways right now.
1 - Sports
Laneways can be a great place to organize a friendly game or tournament of ball hockey. Gather a few friends, set up a net or 2 and don’t forget your stick! Just make sure to move out of the way when any traffic comes by.
2 - Chalk-art
Chalk is cheap! It's also a good way to get outside and unleash your artistic side. Not sure where to start? Why not draw a hopscotch from one end of your laneway to the other? Or you can leave inspirational quotes and drawings for others walking by.
3 - Garden
Gardens can be a great and easy way to fill and beautify areas of laneways that might otherwise be a sight for sore eyes. Start by planting flowers, plants or even vegetables in unused spaces to improve and green your laneways.
4- Garage sale
Have you been wanting to host a garage sale but don't have a big front yard to showcase all your unwanted treasures? If your house backs on to a laneway use your back yard or garage as the next location for your sale. Get your neighbours involved and plan a laneway sale. Put up signs around the neighbourhood to advertise and direct people where to go.
5- Get Active
Laneways can be an unconventional but great place to go for a run or do a workout circuit. Since laneways typically run behind roads, your start and end points can be from one street to the next. Plus there is less vehicle and pedestrian traffic to get in your way.
LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER GREAT IDEAS OF HOW TO INTERACT WITH YOUR LANEWAY!