Tactical Urbanism on Barcelona’s Superblocks

Earlier this summer, Principal Mike Lydon was interviewed by Streetfilms and he shared his own impression of Barcelona’s Superilla. A new human-centered experiment in the design of Barcelona’s street grid using a Tactical Urbanism approach.

This initiative gives the street back to residents and showcases the success of city streets that are designed for people and not for motor traffic.

Click HERE to view the Streetfilms video and article.

What will NYC Streets Look Like in the Future?

In 2014, NYC released its Vision Zero Action Plan to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2024. After various safety measures implemented over the past few years, the overall number of traffic-related fatalities has continued to slowly decrease, but one thing is still clear: cars still rule the vast majority of roads. At the current pace, NYC will not reach its goal of zero traffic-related fatalities by 2024.

New York Magazine recently published an article that addresses Vision Zero, along with many other issues that NYC’s streets face and gives various strategies the City needs to take to meet the ever-increasing demands of the future–a future that doesn’t include the private automobile.

The article features a rendering that Street Plans, along with designer Carly Clark, generated to create a vision of crosstown streets designed for people and bikes. This design reflects one of the many detailed visions that Street Plans designed as part of Transportation Alternatives’ Streetopia campaign launched last summer. The campaign crafted a dramatic, yet attainable vision for NYC’s streets that prioritizes high-occupancy vehicles, bikes, pedestrians, and car-free streets. 

Click HERE to read the article. 

 

 

Street Plans to Speak to Marin County Bicycle Coalition

Street Plans’ Project Director Julie Flynn will speak to the Marin County Bicycle Coalition on Tuesday, August 1st, about the effectiveness that pilot bicycle improvements have in allaying a community’s fear of change, also known as NIMBYism (Not In My Backyard), and their ability to more quickly make safer streets. 

“Pilot projects allow cities to better understand impacts before plans are finalized. Perhaps more importantly, they enable people to reimagine streets as more than conduits for traffic. Please join MCBC in welcoming Julie Flynn to Marin to learn about her work transforming streets around the world, one pilot project at a time.”

Click HERE for the event details. 

 

Street Plans Leads Workshop and Walking Tour at 100 Resilient Cities Summit

This week was the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Global Summit held in New York City. Street Plans took part in the Summit, leading a 3 hour workshop on Tuesday with 13 cities from around the world, helping them use the incremental approach of Tactical Urbanism to implement their larger resilient city strategies. 

On Wednesday, Street Plans co-organized a “living lab” with 100 Resilient Cities, ioby, and Neighborland. We led a tour of three Brooklyn neighborhoods, highlighting the local organizations that make them more resilient. As part of the tour, we also led the group of city leaders through a 2 hour long Tactical Urbanism demonstration project in coordination with the Court/Smith BID to display how residents and community groups can quickly and cheaply add more public space in their neighborhoods. 

Street Plans Envisions the Future of NYC Streets

On Thursday, June 22nd, Transportation Alternatives launched the Streetopia campaign to generate excitement around ideas and visions to further transform NYC’s streets to prioritize the movement of people and not cars. Street Plans came up with detailed visions for what car-free or car-lite neighborhood streets could look like in NYC. The picture above shows a vision for a car-free neighborhood street in the Upper West Side. 

“Parts of the city where transit access is high and car ownership is low are primed for car-free streets, says Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative, who displayed concepts for low-car, people first streets in Lower Manhattan, East Williamsburg, Downtown Flushing, and the Upper West Side.” 

Click HERE for the full Streetsblog article describing the Streetopia event. 

Street Plans Creatively Engages with Residents in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset Neighborhood

Street Plans is working with Build Public to increase neighbors’ awareness of the city’s Vision Zero campaign and the formation of a Green Benefit District in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. From April 27 to May 7, Street Plans and Build Public will be engaging with neighbors at various locations along Lincoln Way and inspiring them to take action to improve their community. Inspired by a similar traffic safety effort in Bolivia, Street Plans and Build Public wore zebra costumes to engage with residents and make sure cars stopped before the crosswalks. To learn more, check out this article.  

Street Plans at CNU 25

Street Plans will speak at two different sessions on Wednesday, May 3rd for the 25th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Seattle.

Street Plans’ Mike Lydon, Anthony Garcia, and Julie Flynn will speak at the first session, titled “The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Civic Engagement, Materials & Street Design.” They will talk about the latest research on Tactical Urbanism materials and design [check out our recently published Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials & Design here] and discuss ongoing case studies from Burlington, Vermont and Miami-Dade County. 

Street Plans’ Anthony Garcia will be one of the speakers at the second session titled “Beyond the Charrette: Connecting to Communities & Empowering Everyday Citizens.” This session acknowledges the limitations of the common charrette and will discuss various ways to broaden community engagement and allow citizens to create and experience planning concepts in real time. 

Learn more about CNU 25 here

 

Street Plans Looks to Use Tactical Urbanism in Lower Manhattan

Street Plans and Transportation Alternatives are looking to use Tactical Urbanism demonstration projects this summer with the primary goal of creating much safer, pedestrian-friendly streets in the Financial District. Street Plans and Transportation Alternatives led a public workshop on March 2nd with residents living in the Financial District in Lower Manhattan to brainstorm ideas for how Tactical Urbanism could spark catalytic change to their streets. 

Downtown Express, the local newspaper for Lower Manhattan, published an article covering the workshop. See the full article HERE