On Saturday, April 1st, Street Plans implemented a series of Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects in Garden Grove, CA as a part of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human region-wide safety and encouragement campaign. In partnership with the City of Garden Grove, GG Open Streets, and Alta Planning + Design and with the help of local volunteers, Street Plans created a temporary protected bike lane, a bike route, a neighborhood greenway, and an enhanced median island with art crosswalks.
On March 10th, Street Plans Principal Mike Lydon returned to work in Monterrey, Mexico with architecture students from Tecnológico de Monterrey – Campus Monterrey and the school’s affiliated non-profit organization Distrito TEC. This was his fourth visit to work the students.
For one day, they temporarily transformed an underutilized street corner on the school’s campus to better connect the campus to the surrounding community. The project included tearing down a fence on the edge of the school, painting a temporary curb extension with seating, and activating the green space on the corner with tables, chairs, games, a food truck, live music, and art. Click HERE to read more.
Street Plans and Transportation Alternatives are looking to use Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects this summer with the primary goal of creating much safer, pedestrian-friendly streets in the Financial District. Street Plans and Transportation Alternatives led a public workshop on March 2nd with residents living in the Financial District in Lower Manhattan to brainstorm ideas for how Tactical Urbanism could spark catalytic change to their streets.
Downtown Express, the local newspaper for Lower Manhattan, published an article covering the workshop. See the full article HERE.
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.
Street Plans is happy to announce the release of Tactical Urbanism Volume 5: Italy, our fifth open source best practices publication on Tactical Urbanism.
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.
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.
Click HERE to see a video covering 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.”
Read the full article HERE.
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.