‘Next City’ Reviews Street Plans’ Tactical Urbanism Work

Next City, one of the leading sources of journalism on urban affairs, interviewed Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon to discuss how and why Street Plans is working with cities to sanction Tactical Urbanism. The article mentions Street Plans’ Tactical Urbanism workshop with the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas (pictured above) and how that empowered the City to then create a Tactical Urbanism policy that enables citizens to create their own projects. 

“We’re helping design policy that’s intended to be flexible and is able to respond to issues that come up that you can’t account for in a vacuum. You can’t necessarily create the best design on a computer screen. You need to work things out in the street and [City Sanctioned Tactical Urbanism] is the best path for doing that.” – Mike Lydon 

Click HERE to read the full article. 

Mike Lydon Featured in Podcast by CityWorks Xpo

CityWorks Xpo, a national placemaking idea exchange and festival conference, interviewed Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon in a podcast released last week. Mike talks about how Tactical Urbanism allows cities and citizens to quickly make change to their streets, more broadly engage and cooperate with communities, and iteratively test various street design concepts. 

Click HERE for the link to the podcast. 

Street Plans to Speak to Marin County Bicycle Coalition

Street Plans’ Project Director Julie Flynn will speak to the Marin County Bicycle Coalition on Tuesday, August 1st, about the effectiveness that pilot bicycle improvements have in allaying a community’s fear of change, also known as NIMBYism (Not In My Backyard), and their ability to more quickly make safer streets. 

“Pilot projects allow cities to better understand impacts before plans are finalized. Perhaps more importantly, they enable people to reimagine streets as more than conduits for traffic. Please join MCBC in welcoming Julie Flynn to Marin to learn about her work transforming streets around the world, one pilot project at a time.”

Click HERE for the event details. 


StreetFilms’ New Video Interviews Street Plans


StreetFilms released a new video discussing the most recent trends in the Tactical Urbanism movement and interviewed Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon.

“Tired of waiting for local governments to fix dangerous conditions, in many cities everyday citizens are practicing DIY traffic-calming to make streets safer for walking and biking. Some are forming “Departments of Transformation” to show others how to implement low-cost interventions, like traffic cones, to slow drivers down.”

Click HERE to see the video. 

Street Plans Leads Workshop and Walking Tour at 100 Resilient Cities Summit

This week was the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Global Summit held in New York City. Street Plans took part in the Summit, leading a 3 hour workshop on Tuesday with 13 cities from around the world, helping them use the incremental approach of Tactical Urbanism to implement their larger resilient city strategies. 

On Wednesday, Street Plans co-organized a “living lab” with 100 Resilient Cities, ioby, and Neighborland. We led a tour of three Brooklyn neighborhoods, highlighting the local organizations that make them more resilient. As part of the tour, we also led the group of city leaders through a 2 hour long Tactical Urbanism demonstration project in coordination with the Court/Smith BID to display how residents and community groups can quickly and cheaply add more public space in their neighborhoods. 

Street Plans’ Tactical Urbanism Session was a Favorite at APA Conference

The American Planning Association (APA) selected Street Plans’ session “Tactical Urbanism: People and Pavement” as one of the Top 10 sessions, out of more than 160, at the APA 2017 National Planning Conference (NPC) held back in May. 

The Tactical Urbanism session covered how local governments can create or alter policies to enable short-term, low-cost urban interventions. The session gave the audience practical steps and tools to create and implement a Tactical Urbanism program in their community. 

Click HERE to see the full article. 

Forbes Highlights Street Plans’ Tactical Urbanism Work

Forbes recently spoke with Street Plans’ Principal Tony Garcia about Street Plans’ current work in Miami–the Miami-Dade Quickbuild Program–and the importance of Tactical Urbanism as a means to sparking long-term change in communities. 

“One of our main goals is to help officials think about small-scale projects as a way of addressing our transportation needs, rather than focusing on big-ticket items,” says co-founder Tony Garcia. “You can do a lot more with smaller-size projects.”

Click HERE for the full article. 

Street Plans Envisions the Future of NYC Streets

On Thursday, June 22nd, Transportation Alternatives launched the Streetopia campaign to generate excitement around ideas and visions to further transform NYC’s streets to prioritize the movement of people and not cars. Street Plans came up with detailed visions for what car-free or car-lite neighborhood streets could look like in NYC. The picture above shows a vision for a car-free neighborhood street in the Upper West Side. 

“Parts of the city where transit access is high and car ownership is low are primed for car-free streets, says Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative, who displayed concepts for low-car, people first streets in Lower Manhattan, East Williamsburg, Downtown Flushing, and the Upper West Side.” 

Click HERE for the full Streetsblog article describing the Streetopia event. 

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.