Second Round of Tactical Urbanism Materials and Design Workshops Now Open

Calling all cities!

Street Plans is currently booking Public Work(s)hops for fall 2017 and winter 2018. The new Public Work(s)hops series is the next phase of the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design workshop effort that took place in fall 2016 and winter 2017.

Phase 1: Beta City Workshop Series

Undertaken with an initial round of funding from the Knight Foundation, the first “beta city” workshop series focused on sharing best practices from the the Materials and Design Guide, and helping cities and citizens jumpstart Tactical Urbanism projects in their communities.Street Plans worked with 6 cities in fall 2016 and winter 2017, crafting workshops to meet their public space, transportation, and community engagement goals. The results of those workshops have led to the implementation of projects and the development of new policies that help cities and citizens deliver better performing streets and public spaces, together. For example:

Phase 2: Public Work(s)hops

Phase 2 of the series will pair Street Plans with well-matched government agencies, community groups, and non-profit organizations. While the project types will vary, the goal of each workshop is to develop specific action plans leading to the quick realization of a demonstration, pilot, or interim design project that may be delivered in 2018. While there is no longer foundation funding associated with this series, cities are encouraged to contact us to discuss their project goals, desired timeline, and the funding they have available for the workshop and project delivery. Note, each workshop will require the participation of public works officials and other city agencies; political leaders; the business community; community members and advocacy groups. We’ve found that this approach helps generate more successful short-term projects that open the pathway for long-term transformation.

Public Work(s)hops are a good fit for agencies who are:

➜ Able to designate at least one workshop coordinator who will take ownership of co-organizing the workshop. This role involves providing our team with logistical support venue, printing select materials, and bringing together workshop participants, including technical officials, city councilors, traffic engineers, and city planners/designers.
 
➜ Committed politically to the advancement of safe street design and can demonstrate said commitment through the adoption/application of advanced transportation policy and design guides, including but not limited to Vision Zero, Complete Streets, NACTO Urban Street Design Guide, and/or ITE’s Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Manual.
 
➜ Have a strong track record of collaboration across various city, regional, and state departments of planning, transportation, public works, and public health to advance 21st century street and community design principles.
 
➜ Relatively little experience using temporary projects to increase public engagement and streamline safe street implementation.

For more information and workshop fee estimates, please email us at info@streetplans.org.

Street Plans Wins Knight Foundation Cities Challenge Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result of the Knight Foundation Cities Challenge Grant, Street Plans was awarded $150,000 to advance the Miami-Dade Quickbuild Program. In partnership with Miami-Dade County and Green Mobility Network, the program provides funding and technical assistance to local residents and community-based organizations who want to build low-cost, quick-build transportation and open space projects across Miami-Dade County.

Additionally, Street Plans will be supporting the City of West Palm Beach with their winning Knight Cities proposal to activate 12 vacant storefronts in downtown West Palm Beach. 

Click HERE to see the announcement and full list of winning Knight Foundation projects. 

 

Implementation Underway for Street Plans’ Miami Beach Master Plan

The City of Miami Beach hired Street Plans to develop a Bicycle Master Plan and Street Design Guide. The plan was approved in 2016 and implementation is already officially underway as Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach received its first protected bike lane along West Avenue in South Beach. 

An article in the Miami-Herald highlights the protected bike lanes. Street Plans’ principal Tony Garcia is quoted saying: “Somebody had to take that first leap, and Miami Beach as our cycling mecca was the most appropriate to take that on. The city is going for it in a big way.”

Many more components of the plan will soon be built as Street Plans is working closely with the City of Miami Beach and the Green Mobility Network, a local nonprofit, to further design and implement priority “Quick Build” projects throughout Miami-Dade County. 

The full article discussing the new protected bike lanes can be found HERE

Pedestrian Scramble Intersections were a Success in Riverside, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, June 1st, Street Plans, together with Alta Planning & Design, tested diagonal four-way crosswalks, also known as a pedestrian scramble, at three different locations along Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside, CA. StreetFilms documented the project. Click HERE to view the short video.  

Pedestrian scramble intersections prioritize pedestrian safety by stopping all car traffic and allowing people to cross the intersection in any direction that they choose. They create shorter, more direct crossing routes for pedestrians and significantly reduce vehicle conflict with pedestrians while turning. 

The duration of the demonstration and pilot intersections in Riverside varied from a one-day project, to a three-week long test. If the pilot project goes well, the City of Riverside will work to make the diagonal crosswalk permanent. The Tactical Urbanism project also included curb extensions, sidewalk seating, games, art, and interactive feedback stations.

The pedestrian scramble intersections are one of eight Tactical Urbanism projects as a part of the Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG)2017 Go Human region-wide safety and encouragement campaign. 

Street Plans to Test Diagonal Crosswalk Today in Riverside, CA

Street Plans, together with Alta Planning & Design, is testing a diagonal four-way crosswalk, also known as a pedestrian scramble, at two different locations today in Riverside, CA. The demonstration project is one of eight Tactical Urbanism projects as a part of the Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG) 2017 Go Human region-wide safety and encouragement campaign. Click HERE for a full article describing the project.   

Street Plans’ Temporary Bike Infrastructure Proves Successful in Northwest Arkansas

With financial support from the Walton Family Foundation and in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks, Street Plans was hired by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission to work with the cities of Bentonville, Bella Vista, and Rogers to create a series of month-long bikeway pilot projects. 

The Walton Family Foundation recently published an article analyzing the results of Street Plans’ Tactical Urbanism work in Northwest Arkansas. Click HERE to see the final report, click HERE to see the full article, and click HERE to see a short video of the project implementation. 

“While the Bella Vista project produced strong support for permanent lanes in the chosen location, in Bentonville and Rogers the study revealed the likely need to modify either the design or location of additional permanent bike lanes. The report’s finding validates the decision to use tactical urbanism to test this idea before investing in permanent infrastructure.”

 

 

 

 

The University of Nottingham Highlights Street Plans’ Tactical Resilience Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly a year ago, Street Plans worked with the City of Norfolk, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, ioby, and others to workshop and deliver a series of small-scale blue-green interventions. The University of Nottingham caught up to the project and shared this nice article about how cities can use short-term action to help deliver long-term change.

“As with marginal gains “theory” applied in sports, it may not be a huge volume on its own but add this up across a city and you might start getting significant savings in your infrastructure costs and considerable reduction in flood risk.” – Click HERE for the full article. 

Street Plans Creatively Engages with Residents in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset Neighborhood

Street Plans is working with Build Public to increase neighbors’ awareness of the city’s Vision Zero campaign and the formation of a Green Benefit District in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. From April 27 to May 7, Street Plans and Build Public will be engaging with neighbors at various locations along Lincoln Way and inspiring them to take action to improve their community. Inspired by a similar traffic safety effort in Bolivia, Street Plans and Build Public wore zebra costumes to engage with residents and make sure cars stopped before the crosswalks. To learn more, check out this article.  

Street Plans at CNU 25

Street Plans will speak at two different sessions on Wednesday, May 3rd for the 25th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Seattle.

Street Plans’ Mike Lydon, Anthony Garcia, and Julie Flynn will speak at the first session, titled “The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Civic Engagement, Materials & Street Design.” They will talk about the latest research on Tactical Urbanism materials and design [check out our recently published Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials & Design here] and discuss ongoing case studies from Burlington, Vermont and Miami-Dade County. 

Street Plans’ Anthony Garcia will be one of the speakers at the second session titled “Beyond the Charrette: Connecting to Communities & Empowering Everyday Citizens.” This session acknowledges the limitations of the common charrette and will discuss various ways to broaden community engagement and allow citizens to create and experience planning concepts in real time. 

Learn more about CNU 25 here

 

PlanBTV Walk/Bike Master Plan Approved

PlanBTV Walk/Bike, a citywide planning effort to enhance safety and increase active mobility in Burlington, VT, was officially approved by the City Council on April 17th! With this approval, Burlington now has its first Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan and many priority projects for rapid implementation.

Now that the plan has been adopted, Street Plans will continue to work with Dubois & King and the City of Burlington’s Public Works Department to begin implementation with a series of “Quick Build” projects identified in the plan. 

Click here to download a copy of the plan.