Street Plans is in the final stages of finishing Let’s Ride JC, Jersey City’s first bicycle master plan. The project team unveiled the draft plan to the public on April 2nd, which included a large-scale 16’x24′ network map captured by this short Streetfilm. All project documents, included the draft master plan may be accessed here.
Once thought to be an urban design trend, April’s Landscape Architecture Magazine focuses its April issue on the enduring power of Tactical Urbanism. Along with many other colleagues and collaborators, Street Plans’ work is prominently featured in the Magazine’s lead article.
“The appeal of these kinds of interventions is a kind of made-by-hand aesthetic,” Lydon says. “It feels very human. It speaks to people who are not designers in a very important way. Most people who engage with these spaces don’t read Landscape Architecture Magazine. They don’t understand an axial or an aerial plan. But they get the immediacy and the human quality and the materiality.”
As one of the movement’s founders, Mike Lydon recognizes the limits of temporary public space. Tactical urbanism isn’t going to solve issues such as affordable housing, access to transit, and food access, but it can be done in tandem with that, he says. “It’s never about just the one day or the one month of the project, but where we are on the arc of transformation and making political and social change.”
It’s Landscape Architecture month, so the whole issue is free!
Tactical Urbanism is as much about engaging people as it about the physical delivery of better streets and better places. Street Plans is proud to announce that the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Go Human Tactical Urbanism Demonstration Events have received a Silver 2019 National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach from the American Planning Association.
Alongside partners ALTA Planning + Design, Streetfilms, and Katherine Padilla & Associates, Street Plans developed and implemented 9 Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects as a part of SCAG’s Go Human region-wide safety and encouragement campaign from 2016-2017. The primary goal of the Tactical Urbanism approach to the campaign was to promote region-wide walking and biking, and to allow residents to temporarily experience streets that are designed for people walking, cycling, and using transit.
For all nine projects Street Plans was tasked with assisting with community engagement (TAC meetings, volunteer coordination etc.) and leading the design, materials procurement, and implementation of the demonstration project elements. The temporary treatments allowed event attendees to experience an enhanced walking and biking boulevard, catalyzing momentum towards permanent change in the future.