Mike Lydon Interviewed About Tactical Urbanism and Open Data

OpenDataSoft, an online startup with a mission to make data more open and accessible for businesses, recently interviewed Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon about the relationship between Tactical Urbanism, open data, and the future of cities.

Mike Lydon is quoted in the article saying: “One task for us as tactical urbanism practitioners is to create new types of programs and policies that allow citizens, agencies, cities and departments to very proactively collaborate. In doing that, they are able to meet each other as equals and develop fun and engaging projects.” Tactical Urbanism and open data share the principle of increasing collaboration to solve various issues facing our cities. 

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Street Plans’ Principal Tony Garcia Speaks at Georgia Walks Summit

Street Plans’ Principal Tony Garcia was a keynote speaker at the Georgia Walks Summit on March 15-16. The annual summit, hosted by a pedestrian advocacy group called PEDS, brings together state transportation and public health officials, elected officials, and community advocates to share ideas and projects for more walkable communities. 

Tony spoke about how Tactical Urbanism can be used to widen public engagement, test ideas, and more quickly implement projects that improve pedestrian safety.

A recent article talks about Tony’s keynote discussion: “Tactical urbanism, according to Garcia, creates wider public engagement, expedites the delivery of a public benefit, and allows people to see what alternatives look like. The approach permits cities to experiment with ideas before committing to infrastructure changes. Garcia said cities must understand that they must make adjustments and follow-ups as the effects of the project are documented.” 

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What will NYC Streets Look Like in the Future?

In 2014, NYC released its Vision Zero Action Plan to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2024. After various safety measures implemented over the past few years, the overall number of traffic-related fatalities has continued to slowly decrease, but one thing is still clear: cars still rule the vast majority of roads. At the current pace, NYC will not reach its goal of zero traffic-related fatalities by 2024.

New York Magazine recently published an article that addresses Vision Zero, along with many other issues that NYC’s streets face and gives various strategies the City needs to take to meet the ever-increasing demands of the future–a future that doesn’t include the private automobile.

The article features a rendering that Street Plans, along with designer Carly Clark, generated to create a vision of crosstown streets designed for people and bikes. This design reflects one of the many detailed visions that Street Plans designed as part of Transportation Alternatives’ Streetopia campaign launched last summer. The campaign crafted a dramatic, yet attainable vision for NYC’s streets that prioritizes high-occupancy vehicles, bikes, pedestrians, and car-free streets. 

Click HERE to read the article. 



3 Street Plans Projects Nominated for the People’s Choice Awards

Vote for one of Street Plans’ three projects nominated for the People’s Choice Awards, presented on February 2nd at the 5th Annual Safe Streets Summit in West Palm Beach, FL! The award will go to a Complete Streets project in the Southeast Florida region that has promoted safer, more equitable, and livable streets. Click HERE to vote. 

The three Street Plans’ projects nominated include: 

1. Intersection Repair (the result of a Tactical Urbanism Workshop that Street Plans conducted for the City of West Palm Beach):


2. Miami-Dade County’s Quick Build Program (Street Plans is working with Miami-Dade County and other partners to implement 18 tactical urbanism projects across the County.)

3. Plaza 98 Miami Shores Village (Street Plans led the project management/implementation of a temporary mural/plaza, the first project completed in the Miami-Dade County’s Quick Build Program)


Street Plans Principal Mike Lydon interviewed in new Australian publication

The New South Wales (NSW) Architects Registration Board recently released a new publication titled Towards The Public Interest: the role of architects and citizens in making the city for the common good. As part of the publication, Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon shared his thoughts about Tactical Urbanism and its ability to make citizen participation more accessible.

He also talks about Street Plans’ practice as both an advocacy and planning firm: “We call ourselves a planning, design and research advocacy firm. My partner, Tony, and I, both come at this work as advocates for better cities, first…We are going to be coming at projects where we don’t think adding more pollution, and car traffic and congestion and danger in our streets is a good thing. We’re the wrong firm to hire if you want to go in that direction.” 

Streetsblog Readers Vote Tactical Urbanism Streetfilm as Best of the Year

Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon is featured throughout the most popular Streetfilm of the year. The readers of Streetsblog, the popular online publication advocating for better alternative forms of transportation, voted Transform Your City With Tactical Urbanism as the best Streetfilm of 2017. Streetfilms produces short films about transportation policy and design. 

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SCAG Go Human Demonstration Projects Featured by Streetfilms

As part of Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG) Go Human region-wide safety and encouragement campaign, Street Plans implemented Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects in 8 different cities in 2017 and will continue to implement more in Southern California in 2018. 

Streetfilms, an organization that produces short transportation films, recently created two promotional videos and one short film promoting SCAG’s Go Human campaign. 

Watch them all HERE.  

Street Plans Kicked Off City Walk Project in Providence, RI

Street Plans is happy to announce the launch of City Walk, a project led by the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development to improve the connection between nine different Providence neighborhoods through better bike and pedestrian infrastructure. As a sub-consultant for Toole Design Group, Street Plans will lead the public engagement and a Tactical Urbanism demonstration project in the spring of 2018. The first Community Meeting took place on November 28, with two more to be held in the spring and fall of 2018.

Click HERE to learn more about the project. 

Street Plans and Miami-Dade DTPW Kick Off Quick-Build Program

The Miami-Dade Transportation Quick-Build Program hit a big milestone this week with the completion of the first two selected projects! On Thursday and Friday, Street Plans, joined by DTPW, Miami Realtors, the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, Miami Shores Village, RDA Studio, Moonlighter Makerspace, and neighbors painted an asphalt mural representative of the history of the Village– a former pineapple farm. This mural defines what is now called Plaza 98, a pedestrian plaza adjacent to the Miami Theater Center that will be the site of monthly community events on the second Friday of every month between now and the spring. The plaza held its kickoff event Saturday night with local music, food vendors, and games. 
On Saturday, Street Plans took to the streets with Quick-Build Program applicant William Moose to provide wayfinding for the City of Miami Little Havana Trolley riders. The signs indicate how to transfer from the trolley to adjacent routes of transit, and will serve as identifiers for the trolley stops until the city installs its permanent route signs. The signs were also supposed to be installed for the Coral Gables Trolley, but the conversation with the City of Coral Gables is ongoing.
These two projects are the first of 18 selected as a part of the Quick-Build Program, an ongoing collaboration between Street Plans, DTPW, and nonprofit Green Mobility Network, dedicated to making it easier for citizens to make meaningful transportation improvements to their neighborhoods. Made possible by NYC-based foundation TransitCenter and The Miami Foundation, the Quick-Build Program provides funding for technical assistance and/or materials for the implementation of the selected projects.
For more information on the Quick-Build Program, and to stay up to date with upcoming projects, visit www.quickbuild.greenmobilitynetwork.org, or follow the Program on Instagram at @mdtquickbuild.
Within hours of the installation of the trolley signage, trolley riders used the Program’s hashtags to highlight the project on social media.