Street Plans’ Principal Tony Garcia Interviewed by ‘Next City’

The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works installed a one-year complete streets pilot project. The short-term, low-cost pilot will test a red bus-only lane, Downtown Miami’s first ever bike lane, enhanced crosswalks, and a lowered speed limit. 

“I’m feeling encouraged. The impact of this project alone may not seem like much, but a lot of little things add up to a bigger-picture movement,” says Street Plans’ Principal Tony Garcia. 

The ‘Next City’ article also mentions Miami-Dade County’s Quick-Build Program–a partnership between the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works and local nonprofit Green Mobility Network–which provides funding and technical assistance to residents and community groups who want short-term, low-cost transportation improvements to their neighborhood. 

Street Plans is leading the development of design drawings and permit acquisition, and overall project management of the Quick-Build Program. Street Plans will build the projects with the project teams and community volunteers. 

Tony Garcia says “the ideal outcome is a significant expansion of our trail network and the wide-scale adoption and construction of protected bike lanes all around the county. The constituency is building and growing in a way that never has before. I think our policymakers and planners are just trying to catch up.” 

Click HERE to see the full article. 

 

‘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.