Southern California Association of Governments GoHuman Campaign

 

Type: Tactical Urbanism Demonstration Project Series 

Size: 11 Projects (6 Counties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura) 

Status: Complete

Street Plans, together with Alta Planning + Design, designed and implemented seven Tactical Urbanism projects as part of the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Go Human region-wide safety and encouragement campaign. The primary goal of the Tactical Urbanism component of the campaign was to promote region-wide walking and biking, and allow residents to temporarily experience roadways that are designed for people – not just cars. The projects were implemented in 11 cities across the SCAG region during 2016-2017. Project types ranged from open streets events to demonstration projects (such as pop-up bike lanes and temporary traffic circles or curb extensions), depending on each city’s goals.

The first of the eleven projects was completed on October 2016 in Long Beach, CA. Dubbed “Activate Uptown,” the project featured an open streets event as well as a temporary bicycle boulevard. Street Plans led design and materials procurement for the bicycle boulevard, which included art crosswalks, a traffic circle, and other features. These temporary treatments allowed event attendees to experience an enhanced walking and biking boulevard, catalyzing momentum towards permanent change in the future. The second event occurred December 2016 in Cudahy, CA. This event featured a demonstration traffic circle, temporary bikeway markings, as well as a number of pedestrian safety improvements (such as curb extensions) near a local school. The third event in Garden Grove, CA featured demonstrations of protected bike lanes, art crosswalks, and a neighborhood greenway. 

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 Street Plans implemented the second of seven demonstration projects in Cudahy, California, which featured a temporary protected bike lane, a pop-up traffic circle, and sidewalk extensions. This project also celebrated the kick-off to the LA River Upper Segment Revitalization Plan. The street safety projects not only slowed down traffic, but also created easier access to the LA River Bike Path. 
 
Throughout the spring and summer of 2017, Street Plans helped deliver similar Tactical Urbanism projects in additional locations including the cities of Rialto, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside. The project series ended in June of 2017 with an Orange County project, in partnership with OC Parks and the cities of Anaheim and Yorba Linda.

 

 

Talking Headways Podcast

Principal Tony Garcia joined Streetsblog during one of their weekly podcasts about sustainable transportation and urban design called Talking Headways. The episode, titled Test Before You Invest, focused on the TRB Report Fast-Tracked: A Tactical Transit Study. Tony talks about Quick-Build bus lanes and how advocates are recommending change…

Annual Smart Growth Summit

Principal Mike Lydon was in Baton Rouge, LA this week to speak the Annual Smart Growth Summit put on by the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX). Lydon spoke alongside ArtPlace America’s Jamie Bennett. He also gave a conferencing-closing PechakKucha presentation about asphalt art! Prior to the conference, CPEX published this flattering profile on…

Key West Pilot Project Kickoff

Street Plans, the City of Key West, and the Health Foundation of South Florida hosted the kickoff public workshop for the Crosstown Greenway Pilot Project last week, which included an interactive exercise using scaled, adhesive cut-outs of Neighborhood Greenway elements such as diverters, pavement markings, traffic circles, and chicanes….

Asphalt Art Initiative

Street Plans is excited to announce the release of our latest research project, the Asphalt Art Guide, in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates. The guide is a free resource for cities looking to transform streets and public spaces with art. The guide features over two dozen case studies around the…

Tactical Transit Report Released

From Miami to Boston, cities across North America are looking for ways to accelerate and improve transit projects more than ever before. Our latest research report, Fast-Tracked: A Tactical Transit Study, was just released today by the Transportation Research Board of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine….

CNU 27

Street Plans traveled to Louisville, KY for the 27th annual Congress for the New Urbanism. During the conference, team members Mike Lydon, Dana Wall, and Ed Janoff led sessions on best practices for asphalt art, creating value through placemaking, and unconventional public engagement strategies using Tactical Urbanism. In advance…

100 RC Urban Resilience Summit

As part of our ongoing tactical resilience partnership with 100RC, Mike Lydon and Dana Wall traveled to the 2019 Urban Resilience Summit in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to lead a demonstration project as a part of the Tactical Urbanism Living Lab as one of 12 on-site conference sessions on Wednesday,…

State of Place Index

What’s the ROI of Tactical Urbanism? Our friends at State of Place ran an analysis of our recent Asheville Street Tweaks project with Asheville on Bikes and Asheville City Government to find out. While the intervention on Coxe Avenue focused on shared mobility and enhancing walkability, the study showed the…

Better Mobility for Everyone

Street Plans Principal, Mike Lydon, keynoted an open session for a smart growth series program in Niagara Falls titled “Imagining a More Livable NF.” The program was launched to explore solutions for the future of the City of Niagara Falls centered around the built environment…