Mike Lydon Shares Favorite Open Streets Events with USA Today

Mike Lydon Shares Favorite Open Streets Events with USA Today
What are some of the best #OpenStreets programs in the country?

From the article: “Some of the world’s largest cities are saying no to cars — at least for a few hours. Open Streets programs close miles of major thoroughfares, allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to wander urban areas in temporary car-free zones. ‘It’s a chance for families and older adults to move freely,’ says Mike Lydon of OpenStreetsProject.org, an advocacy group. The movement became popular in the 1970s in Bogota, where it’s called Ciclovía, Spanish for “cycleway.” The city now closes 70 miles of roads every Sunday and federal holidays, and the practice has spread around the world.”

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Street Plans Leads Workshop Series to Jump-Start Tactical Urbanism Projects in Six U.S. Cities

Street Plans Leads Workshop Series to Jump-Start Tactical Urbanism Projects in Six U.S. Cities


Date: June 13, 2016

Media Contact: Anthony Garcia | Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative

221 Aragon Avenue | Coral Gables, Florida | 305.978.6426 | tony@streetplans.org


Miami, FL – Pedestrian plazas. Parklets. Art Crosswalks. Pop-up Bike Lanes. Whether on the streets of your own community or elsewhere, you’ve likely seen it for yourself: cities and citizens around the world are using low-cost, short-term projects to advance long-term planning goals. Often referred to as “Tactical Urbanism,” this approach represents a growing urban design movement focused on leveraging small, scalable interventions to improve the livability of towns and cities.

With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Street Plans Collaborative today announced the kick-off of a workshop series that will jump-start Tactical Urbanism projects in six cities across the U.S.

The six “beta cities” were chosen from a pool of 18 applicants interested in expanding local capacity for using Tactical Urbanism to advance street safety and placemaking projects such as pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, shared streets, and more. The six beta cities are: Akron, OH; Austin, TX; Fayetteville, AR; Long Beach, CA; Washington, D.C.; West Palm Beach, FL.

Leaders in each of the selected beta cities will work with Street Plans to design a workshop that shares the firm’s latest research regarding best practices around design and materials for Tactical Urbanism projects, and demonstrates application of the information through a hands-on project that transforms a local street or public space.

The workshop series represents the first practical application of Street Plans’ work on the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design – a new print and digital resource that will provide high-quality design and materials guidance for Tactical Urbanism projects. The Guide and workshops will provide information about materials and design for both short-term demonstration projects (typically led by community groups and lasting 1-7 days) and pilot/interim-design projects (typically led by city governments and lasting one month to a year or more).

“Over the past seven years Street Plans has built a practice around implementing Tactical Urbanism projects around the globe,” said Principal Mike Lydon. “Our four open-source guides and recent book, along with many 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 city- and citizen-led projects.”

“The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design will address this need by providing design and materials information for Tactical Urbanism projects of varying time scales and level of formality,” adds Principal Tony Garcia. “This new resource will help bridge the gap between city- and citizen-led projects, helping a host of stakeholders widen public engagement and accelerate project delivery and evaluation.”

“Cities can invite more of their citizens to help shape their communities.  The Tactical Urbanism Workshops and the Manual will open up new channels of civic engagement,” said Benjamin de la Peña, Knight Foundation director for community and national strategy.

For more information about the project, visit: www.tacticalurbanismguide.com


Street Plans Leads Retain your Rain Workshop in Norfolk, VA

Street Plans Leads Retain your Rain Workshop in Norfolk, VA

In partnership with ioby, the City of Norfolk, and AMEC Foster Wheeler, Street Plans conducted a hands-on, one-day workshop on Saturday, June 4 with 50 neighborhood leaders from the Neon District, and the Ghent and Chesterfield neighborhoods of Norfolk, VA. The workshop demonstrated how property owners, both business and residential, can help alleviate rainwater flooding in the city by building small flood mitigation projects to hold water on their property, thereby slowing down rain runoff and preventing flooding.

The participants and workshop leaders installed four rain barrels, one rain garden, and depaved a sidewalk for landscaping/water retention. This is the first of three workshops with 100 Resilient Cities (see post below) to demonstrate “Tactical Resilience.”

Watch this video to see Norfolk’s “Retain Your Rain” workshop in action!

Mike Lydon Featured on Panel for GoBoston2030 Initiative

Mike Lydon joined four other speakers Monday night to discuss the future of transportation in Boston, specifically complete streets, equity, connectivity, and emerging technology. The event was one of multiple public events the City of Boston has held to collect public input, and encourage support for, its GoBoston2030 plan.

Learn more about GoBoston2030 here.

Street Plans Leads Demonstration Project in Portsmouth, NH

Street Plans Leads Demonstration Project in Portsmouth, NH

On Thursday, June 2, Mike Lydon led a demonstration project at the intersection of Islington and Bartlett Streets in Portsmouth, complete with new plants, parking spaces, crosswalks, a curb extension, and a parklet. The project provided an opportunity for 20 volunteers to temporarily transform an unsafe intersection, demonstrating possibilities for a safer and more desirable pedestrian environment, with slower traffic and enhanced public space.

The project was accomplished with a budget under $2,000, including the police detail for set-up and take-down, further emphasizing how providing people with low-cost experiences could lead to potential long-term change.

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