Stage 1

Description of Lifecycle Stage

Initiatives will typically begin by developing a Vision. This may involve a review and analysis of a wider set of policies and identified stakeholder needs to refine existing principles, priorities, and plans adopted the organisation. Or this may draw on these organisational policies to set out goals for an initiative that support these.

This stage is intended to identify stakeholders’ needs and explore the ideas and future outcomes before designing a new product or service. For the success implementation of any system-of-interest, it is imperative to understand why it is required and who it is designed for.

At this stage, it may be helpful to recognise the transformational change that a Smart Street would incorporate. This typically includes ambiguity and uncertainty over the implications and nature of changes, especially dealing with a wide range of stakeholders. To help develop a coherent vision and objectives for the programme, Authorities should consider engaging with actors/stakeholders to help set out the intended goals and outcomes for the programme. This includes the delivery towards Authorities’ priorities and relevant plans/policies. E.g. Local transport plan.


Considerations for Stage 1

This stage requires Authorities to create a vision that describes and declares the ambitions to be accomplished upon the completion of the Smart Street programme. During this stage, Authorities should consider:

  • Building the knowledge of the current state by carrying out As-is Review linked to identified issues or threats
  • Review committed plans and initiatives driven by priorities and missions of Authorities
  • Create Vision Statements that will give a sense of direction and hope for the future. This can be a tricky task, especially when working across multiple transport modes that may or may not exist. However, the statements will help to build the ambitious visionary (future state) and identify the impact on the users and the potential transition strategies for the system.
  • Create an Evaluation Plan that can be linked to a perceived benefit from a change initiative (usually an identified opportunity for future Smart Street services).