Street Plans was hired by Asheville on Bikes, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, and AARP to advise the community in the temporary redesign of Coxe Avenue utilizing tactical urbanism in Asheville, NC.
Street Plans will lead a public workshop on June 21st to further inform the community and local stakeholders about tactical urbanism and to plan and propose the specific elements of the project. The project will use temporary materials to test a reconfiguration of Coxe Avenue, a main thoroughfare through downtown Asheville, to better inform a more permanent redesign of the street in the future. The goal is to make the street safer for all users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists.
Click HERE to read a full article about the upcoming workshop.
Last week, Street Plans teamed up with inspiring youth leaders at a non-profit called Make the Road Connecticut and the public health department at Sacred Hearth University to demonstrate how some simple tweaks to street design can have positive outcomes for safety, aesthetics, stormwater, and placemaking.
Youth leaders designed and painted their own curb extensions to slow traffic, shorten crossing distances, and add a pop of color to their walk to school. They also addressed 3 state reps including Steve Stafstrom to rally for improved bussing and walking infrastructure.
As a sub-consultant to Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI), Street Plans has worked with the Village of Nyack to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the region. For Earth Day this year on Sunday, April 22, Street Plans conducted outreach by talking with residents and constructing a pop-up protected bike lane. Residents were able to experience first-hand the types of bicycle infrastructure that will be made possible by the larger master plan.
Street Plans and the project team will wrap up the 6-month long study at the final Steering Committee meeting on June 18th.
Click HERE to read an article describing more about the project.
Last year, Street Plans was awarded a grant from the Knight Foundation to work with the City of Akron and University of Akron to design and construct a three-month pilot project along 9 blocks of Exchange Street in Akron, Ohio.
Street Plans began the project last September and held the final community workshop and volunteer training session on Saturday, June 2nd. The final design, which includes a protected bike lane, is set to be built with community residents and city leaders between August 11-15.
Street Plans’ Principal Tony Garcia was recently quoted in an article saying: “It’s been great coaching the city and citizens through the process of designing and building a world class bicycle facility on Exchange [Street] that has already led to improvements in the design of ongoing public works projects and will accelerate the delivery of a much needed project.”
Click HERE to read a full article about the project.
On World Bike Day, Sunday, June 3rd, Jersey City held their 9th annual Ward Tour. Over 3,000 cyclists came out for a 16-mile ride through each of Jersey City’s wards.
Street Plans is the primary consultant to the City of Jersey City in the development of their first ever bicycle master plan. On Sunday, Street Plans increased awareness for the upcoming plan, talking with cyclists before and after the event. Clarence Eckerson from Streetfilms is also working as a sub-consultant for the Jersey City Bicycle Master Plan and was there generating excitement and awareness for the plan through a brand new Streetfilm!
Click HERE to view the Streetfilm.
Street Plans’ Principal Tony Garcia was recently interviewed by Cuban Art News about the Miami Bungalow Project that he is leading and how the low-cost approach of Tactical Urbanism can help preserve the character of Little Havana in Miami.
In October of 2017, Tony was awarded the 2017-2018 CINTAS Foundation
Fellowship in Architecture & Design. The mission of the CINTAS Foundation is “to encourage artistic expression and appreciation by offering grants to artists, architects, composers and creative writers of Cuban descent living in or outside Cuba, and by making their art available to the public.”
The CINTAS Fellowship award has allowed Street Plans to carry out the Miami Bungalow Project, which “seeks to identify ways that the spirit and character of the bungalows can be preserved in their scale and relationship to the public realm, while accommodating the pressures of increased development demand.”
Click HERE to read the full article.
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), an international nonprofit organization working to build more vibrant communities, announced the winners of its 17th Annual Charter Awards. This year the jury focused on winners whose “projects advanced equitable and inclusive placemaking.”
Street Plans’ Biscayne Green project received a CNU Charter Award! For three weeks, Biscayne Green transformed 101 parking spaces– two parking medians– into new public spaces, testing design ideas to inform the long-term re-design of Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami.
Click HERE to view a full list of CNU Charter Award winners.
Street Plans is teaming up as a sub-consultant with Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI), to assist in the development of a Regional Complete Streets Action Plan for the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) in Hartford, CT and the surrounding municipalities.
On Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) is hosting a public forum to begin outreach for the development the plan. During the public forum, Street Plans will lead a walking tour and give multiple presentations about Complete Streets and Tactical Urbanism with other Complete Streets experts including Ian Lockwood from Toole Design Group and League of American Bicyclists Education Director Alison Dewey.
Click HERE to read more about the forum.
On May 9th, the Jersey City Council selected Street Plans to lead the development of the city’s first Bicycle Master Plan.
Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon is quoted in the press announcement saying: “Street Plans is thrilled to be working with Jersey City and its citizens to develop the city’s first Bike Master Plan. This is a wonderful opportunity to create an actionable blueprint for cycling, one that focuses on creating a low-stress network that appeals to people of all ages and abilities. We are very excited to get started and look forward to meeting many people in the community at the upcoming Ward Tour and other events we have planned over the coming months.”
Scroll down towards the bottom of this article to read the full announcement.
Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future is a newly published book by influential urbanist Douglas Farr, providing a detailed action-oriented framework for overcoming our society’s major climate challenges within four generations.
Street Plans’ Principal Mike Lydon contributed to the book by authoring a chapter on making positive neighborhood change through Tactical Urbanism. Lydon gives case studies from Street Plans’ work at the three different scales: the lot, the block, and the street.
Click HERE for more information about the book.