Redesigning Coxe Avenue

Over the course of 4 days, Street Plans led the transformation of a .3-mile stretch of Coxe Avenue in Asheville, NC. The project team comprised of volunteers from Asheville on Bikes, the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and the AARP.

The team created 6 new crosswalks, a .3-mile parking and barrier-protected multi-use path, and installed a 6,000 sq. ft. mural created by Sound Mind Creative to test pedestrian and bicycle safety solutions on the corridor. These changes focused on making public spaces more accesible, safe, and functional for al users. While this pilot project may last up to a year, it will inform the city’s ultimate redesign of Coxe Avenue in the short-term.

Click HERE for an article on the project installation!

Check out a few photos of the final result below:

 

Tactical Urbanism in Honolulu

Street Plans has teamed up with the City of Honolulu to implement a two-phase tactical urbanism project starting in 2019. The first phase will consist of a pilot project that will test an existing design while involving community members and City partners. The second phase will focus on developing a quick-build program for the City to test and implement other community-led projects to make communities safer and more walkable.

Click HERE for more information about this upcoming project!

The Burlington Quick-Build Program is Underway!

The implementation of the PlanBTV Walk/Bike bicycle master plan and the quick build methodology program created by Street Plans for the City of Burlington is underway!

This comprehensive plan for active transport included recommendations for streetscapes that accommodate walkers and cyclists and that will ultimately create demand for better (and greener) public transit. These measures are designed to encourage safer, more convenient and more predictable transit infrastructure for folks who ply all modes of transportation, from semi-trucks to electric scooters.

Click HERE to see an article about the new streetscape changes in Burlington!

Jubilee Plaza

Street Plans is working with Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. and Hartford’s Capital Region Council of Governments to advance the implementation of Complete Streets by writing a regional guide for embedding a Tactical Urbanism approach to project delivery. On October 24th and 25th Street Plans collaborated with the City of New Britain, Connecticut to get a working model on the ground. The demonstration project consisted of a community art mural on a portion of Jubilee Street with the goal of providing more public space in the East Side neighborhood.

Click HERE and HERE to see some articles about Jubilee Plaza!

Let’s Ride JC

On October 13, the City of Jersey City and Street Plans tested a temporary .4-mile protected bikeway as part of the engagement process for the Let’s Ride JC Bicycle Master Plan. The lane was designed to be 75% wider than other lanes in Jersey City to welcome people using bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades. This effort was led by Street Plans with support from Arterial, Equitable Cities, Streetfilms, and many community groups and city departments who desire safer streets.

Earlier in the year, an analysis of the current state of Jersey City’s bicycle network was made, noting where existing infrastructure could be improved and identifying possible corridors for new infrastructure. A series of public workshops were then held where the community was able to provided input and share ideas for the final plan. One of these ideas was tested along 6 blocks on Bergen Avenue on during JCAST 2018, the city’s three-day, citywide arts festival. Following the demonstration project, the project team will develop a comprehensive, actionable bike master plan and design guidelines for new and improved bicycle infrastructure citywide.

Click HERE to view the Streetfilms video!

Avenue 3 Miami Quick-Build Activation

On Wednesday, October 17th, Street Plans started installing temporary painted curb extensions on NE 3rd Avenue in Downtown Miami as part of a multi-day activation called Taste of Avenue 3. This activation is the first of many in support of a long-term initiative called Avenue 3 Miami, catalyzed by Downtown resident Steve Dutton. Steve is fighting for a number of improvements to this corridor, including a new homeless initiative, better lighting, and parklets that will reallocate space in better support of pedestrians. 

From the 17th to the 18th, Street Plans had over 25 volunteers help paint the street, plant planters, and prepare two parklets created by Moonlighter Makerspace for installation. The demonstration was activated on Friday, the 19th with seating, shade, and games, encouraging passersby to engage and provide feedback. To culminate the activation, the project team put on a community dinner in the street on Saturday evening complete with small bites from the NE 3rd Avenue restaurants, music, and dancing. With 452 tickets sold, the evening event raised over $6,500 to support Avenue 3 Miami’s future initiatives. 

The event was attended by County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, and City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell joined volunteers in painting on Wednesday. 

Keep following the long-term project at avenue3miami.org, and at @avenue3miami, and check the @mdtquickbuild Instagram platforms for updates on the next project you can be involved in! The above video was filmed by our friends at Streetfilms.

Medellín Workshop: Inclusive Cities

 

More than 50 city mayors from 17 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain met in the city of Medellin, Colombia to exchange experiences and knowledge about social inclusion during three days. This annual meeting was part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a program led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that helps cities in Latin America and the Caribbean identify the challenges they face and find possible solutions.

From September 17 to 19, mayors, public officials, experts and directors of the IDB carried out presentations and discussions on urban security, social inclusion in neighborhoods, sustainable mobility, and effective and efficient fiscal management, viewed from the perspective of inclusion.

As part of this conference, Street Plans held a tactical urbanism workshop during which more than 50 mayors and 30 public officials from the Latin American region participated. The workshop focused on how tactical urbanism could enhance urban security, mobility and social inclusion in vulnerable neighborhoods.

Hands on Exchange

From Saturday, August 11th to Sunday, August 12th Street Plans, the University of Akron, and about 50 total volunteers installed a two-way protected bike lane on the north side of East Exchange Street between Arc Drive and Goodkirk Street. Funded by the Knight Foundation, Hands on Exchange tested new bikeway infrastructure on this portion of Exchange Street in anticipation of the City-led redesign of the street to take place in 2022.

The project kicked off in the Fall of 2017. Street Plans conducted two public workshops over the course of the design process to solicit ideas from the community, and worked alongside the City of Akron and METRO to carefully incorporate the bus routes along the corridor. After several meetings, four bus stops were either relocated or consolidated to make for more efficient traffic flow along Exchange Street, and the design of the bike lane at the bus stops was finalized. The City installed curb ramps at the bus stops to allow for people to safely cross the bike lane to board the bus– which no longer had to pull to the curb at each stop. The goal was to incorporate multiple transportation modes (driving, biking, walking, and transit) in such a way that each would be aware of the other, and inform the design of future projects.

About 9,000 sq. ft. were painted with green or tan traffic paint and about 380 flex stakes were placed along the .75-mile route to bring this project to life. Local businesses along the corridor sponsored free drinks, lunch, and snacks during the build days to all the volunteers that joined the project team.

To execute the project, Street Plans established four stations at the beginning intersection of each segment of the bike lane, and had volunteers work from west to east until each task for each station was completed. Eighty percent of the work was completed in the first day!

The project culminated in a bike party celebration on Friday, August 17th, attended by 100 community members and hosted by the University of Akron. The party had live music, food, and included a celebratory ride with attendees down the bike lane.

The project team hopes that this project not only further informs the City of Akron’s efforts to create multimodal streets, but that it also makes Exchange Street a safer place for all users.  

Check out some photos of the installation during the build days and of the final product below!