Street Plans, the founder of the Open Streets Project, is thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with 8-80 Cities to advance the Open Streets Project. 8 80 Cities is a non-profit urban planning organization based in Toronto, Canada that will bring global experience to our team in the realm of advocacy for and development of open streets programs. The organization has worked in cities around the world, using unconventional engagement methods to get people informed, engaged, and excited about improving sustainable mobility and public space in their communities.
We can’t wait to see where this new partnership takes us, and we thank everyone in the open streets community for your ongoing enthusiasm for and commitment to this work.
For more about the Open Streets Project, visit the website here.
From Thursday, August 18th to Sunday, August 21st, Open Streets policymakers, practitioners, health professionals, active transportation activists, and others convened for the 4th International Open Streets Summit in Portland, OR. Co-hosted by Street Plans, along with 8-80 Cities and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Summit was attended by more than 200 people from around the world, making it the biggest one yet. Sessions at the Summit focused on the nuts and bolts of planning and delivering Open Streets to explore how they can be integrated into cities’ larger livable streets and active transportation movements. It culminated with all attendees, in addition to 23,000 other people, participating in Portland’s Open Streets program, Sunday Parkways.
To see photos and the program from this year’s Summit, click here.
The draft of Plan BTV Walk Bike, Burlington, VT’s first comprehensive plan for walking and biking, has been officially released for public comment. With this plan, the city hopes to make Burlington the best small city for walking and biking on the East Coast, and provide viable transportation options year-round for people of all ages and abilities. Street Plans led the master planning process, incorporating demonstration projects to encourage input from Burlington residents, and to test recommendations made in the draft plan.
To view the draft Master Plan, click here, and to read more information about the draft’s release, click here.
Street Plans has joined the winning consulting team for the District of Columbia Office of Planning’s “Crossing the Street: Building DC’s Creative Future through Innovative Placemaking” initiative. Last week, the Washington Area Bicyclists’ Association, Street Plans’ partner, led a workshop in the District’s Petworth neighborhood to start brainstorming for an open streets event that will be held there in the Spring of 2017. This will be the District’s first open streets event, as well as the first creative placemaking project for the Office of Planning’s larger initiative.
Street Plans, in collaboration with the San Francisco Planning Department and MJM Management Group, has released the Public Space Stewardship Guide, a living document that provides community groups and city leaders with models, case studies and ready-to-use tools for funding, programming and maintaining a successful public space.
Successful public spaces require funding, programming, and maintenance; and the most celebrated spaces need community partnerships to implement all three. However, cities and communities have historically lacked the resources to better understand, compare and budget for these essential elements of public space stewardship. The Public Space Stewardship Guide comes at an opportune moment as more neighborhood associations, non-profits and elected representatives seek to support public life in their own plazas, parks and neighborhood spaces.
Check out the full online PDF version of the guide. To learn more visit the guide’s website and SF Planning’s press release.