We’re excited to announce that a final draft of PlanBTV Walk/Bike has hit the streets! This document is Burlington’s first comprehensive plan for walking and biking and it has an ambitious goal: to make Burlington the best small city for walking and biking on the East Coast. Street Plans was thrilled for the opportunity to work on this project for the City of Burlington Public Works with our partners at DuBois & King, Inc.. The plan identifies priority projects for rapid implementation, so Burlington can get started improving safety right away with low-cost quick build materials! Visit the project website HERE to download a copy of the full plan.
Tactical Urbanism Volume 5 was led by TaMaLaCà, a planning and design organization based in Sassari, Sardinia, Italy, in collaboration with Street Plans. Volume 5 shares more than a dozen examples of short-term, bottom-up, and community-minded practice taking root across Italy.
Of specific interest in this new publication, TaMaLaCà seeks to explicitly include school-age children in the design and production of more usable public space through playful, short-term interventions.
The full guide is available to view and download in both English and Italian here and here.
Streetsblog recently published an article reflecting upon the Biscayne Green pilot project. Read more about Street Plans’ project in the Tactical Urbanism projects page of our website here.
“The city recently received a $422,000 Florida DOT grant to study the removal of some traffic lanes. As part of that effort, the Downtown Development Authority and the Knight Foundation recently teamed up to temporarily transform a large parking area along Biscayne Boulevard into a public space called “Biscayne Green.” It looks like it was an enormous success,” says Angie Schmitt from Streetsblog.
Biscayne Green was the second step in the iterative process to transform Biscayne Boulevard. In 2012, Street Plans transformed one parking median on Biscayne Boulevard into public space for one week. In a more robust effort, Biscayne Green transformed two parking medians into public space for three weeks.
With now more political and community support than ever before, Biscayne Boulevard is well on its way to becoming a permanent boulevard designed for people. Click here for the full article.
West Palm Beach, FL is one of six “Beta City” partners that Street Plans is working with as part of the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design project. Street Plans delivered a workshop designed to expand West Palm Beach’s familiarity and comfort with planning and executing collaborative demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects.
As a result of the workshop, the City of West Palm Beach and Downtown West Palm Beach decided upon a large mural at the intersection of South Tamarind Avenue and Fern Street to beautify the street, slow down cars, and make the intersection safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Students from Dreyfoos School of the Arts designed the intersection and the City of West Palm Beach implemented the project.
Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon was mentioned in a recent article published by BBC that talks about the importance of adequate seating in cities and how Tactical Urbanism can quickly and cheaply add more public space and places to sit.
BBC notes that “tactical urbanism creates cities that can adapt to challenges easily. Temporary and cheap options like street seats allow communities to put up, move and take down public spaces as needed.”
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is highlighting 25 great ideas to come out of the movement for their 25th anniversary and in anticipation of the CNU conference in Seattle this upcoming May. Street Plans Principals Mike Lydon and Tony Garcia were interviewed about Tactical Urbanism, one of the great ideas of the New Urbanism. To see the entire article click here.
Last November, Street Plans’ facilitated a Tactical Urbanism Materials Guide Workshop with the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, designed to expand Fayetteville’s familiarity and comfort with planning and executing collaborative demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. The City was the third of six “Beta City” partners that Street Plans will work with as part of the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design project.
As a result of Street Plans’ workshop, the City of Fayetteville installed a pilot mini-roundabout, in partnership with Travel with Care NWA.
According to Dane Rifling, the Bicycle Programs Coordinator with the City of Fayetteville, the City doesn’t always have the staff or time available to address residents’ concerns, such as speeding or walkability in their neighborhoods. Tactical Urbanism provides a possible solution.
The project is part of the larger corridor plan to link the Razorback Greenway with Fayetteville’s Downtown square. The workshop explored a variety of intersection design options and bikeway treatments that can be delivered quickly and at a low cost.
Check out a full article summarizing the Tactical Urbanism mini-roundabout HERE.
Participants were tested the day before as a “control”, when the pop-up space wasn’t there. Public space surveying was also conducted before and while the pop-up space was being implemented. This included pedestrian and cyclist counts, stationary activity mapping, and observing the time it took pedestrians to walk through the space. These various measures attempted to reveal how the space impacted passersby. The team observed whether people stopped to hang out in the space, or if it caught their attention and caused them to slow down.
Street Plans designed the space with a variety of configurations to test. For example, some tables were placed in the shade, some had just one seat as opposed to two, some were right by the waterfront, and some were in a more enclosed area with tall bamboo bushes and plants. Street Plans wanted to see how people reacted to different types of seating and if more people preferred a specific type.
Overall, the project measured participants’ neurological responses to experiencing the day-long pop-up space created by Street Plans with watches that detected changes in heart rate and skin conductance. The data will help reveal the possible wellness benefits of well-designed urban spaces, and inform how urban design affects the minds and bodies of those who move throughout it.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who experienced this space with us, and a special thanks to Moonlighter Makerspace for helping Street Plans construct some of its critical elements.
Biscayne Green transformed two parking medians into public spaces, complete with a dog park, playground, terrace, open lawn, and entertainment venue. Street Plans also painted crosswalks, and implemented a dedicated bus/bike lane and on-street parallel parking lane. These interventions are meant to support the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s long-term vision of a more pedestrian-oriented Biscayne Boulevard.
The project will be programmed for two more weeks by Prism Creative Group, with dance, music, food, and exercise events.
Read more about the project here and here. View a slideshow of images here.