This is an exciting time for Miami. For much of the city’s history, Miami has been characterized by dependence on the automobile. Now, as population in Miami’s urban center increases, “…a growing constituency of people are demanding more parks and green spaces and greater transportation choices to improve quality of life.” This op-ed describes how visionary trail projects such as the Underline and Ludlam Trail are positioned to revolutionize how people move and live in Miami.
Street Plans Principal Mike Lydon led a workshop in Great Falls, Montana this past week, focused on how Tactical Urbanism can be used to transform streets and public spaces. Lydon first led a walk audit to help workshop participants observe and react to the best/worst of existing conditions in downtown Great Falls. Following the audit, attendees had a chance to try their own Tactical Urbanism project. With cones from the Public Works Department, chalk, and tape, workshop participants created a temporary crosswalk at a dangerous intersection. Read more about the workshop here.
The New Tropic, a Miami publication, writes about the ways Street Plans founders Tony Garcia and Mike Lydon are changing cities by “thinking small.” The article notes several examples of Tactical Urbanism projects in the Miami area, including the Ludlam Trail Project, which was co-founded by Street Plans Principal Tony Garcia.
If you missed the recent America Walks webinar on Tactical Urbanism you can check out it here.
Over the past seven years Street Plans has built a practice around implementing tactical urbanism projects around the globe. Our four open-source guides and recent book, along with other resources, provide substantial case-study level information on the topic, but, we’ve heard time and again that what is needed now is more guidance about design and materials, for both citizens and city-led projects. We couldn’t agree more!
Thanks to funding from the Knight Foundation and review support from NACTO and the Vision Zero Network, we are proud to announce the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design. This new print and digital resource (currently under production) will provide high-quality design and materials guidance for citizen-led demonstration, and city-led pilot and interim design projects. In addition, we’re also going to be hosting a workshop series to accompany the Guide, with the goal of expanding participating agency (or agencies) familiarity and comfort with planning and executing collaborative demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. (Click here for more information about the workshop series – now accepting applications from interested cities!)
The Guide will focus on sharing best-practices for rapid implementation of common tactical urbanism projects, including street-safety enhancement projects such as high-visibility crosswalks, curb extensions, refuge islands, protected bike lanes, and plazas. As part of this effort, we’re pulling together our firm’s best practices, as well as conducting a national research survey of best practices related to materials and design from America’s leading cities. For more information, click here.
In an interview with Vienna’s leading newspaper Wiener Zeitung, Street Plans Principal Mike Lydon explains how urban development can work cheaply and quickly in the midst of the Urban Future Festival in the City of Graz.
Street Plans Principal Mike Lydon weighs in on the concept that Street Plans, in collaboration with Transportation Alternatives, worked on for the Grand Concourse in New York, one of the most dangerous streets in the greater New York region: “Because of the high surface transit needs, we found the best way to incorporate a great bus/bike experience was to propose running a bikeway down a center median. The design, which is patterned after Sands Street in Brooklyn, is technically challenging from a signalization perspective, but worthwhile, as it gives pedestrians a refuge midway across the street and gives cyclists a truly robust place to be.”
Read more here.