Streets as Places

You don’t have to be a transportation professional to have an impact on the streets and sidewalks in your community. The Streets as Places training course offered at Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is for anyone trying to bring about change to their public realm. From health professionals to bicycle advocates, community activists to transportation professionals, Streets as Places can help you achieve your goals.

With more than 500 Complete Streets policies now in effect in the United States, many communities are asking what comes next. Communities have made amazing progress deploying Complete Streets policies. However, Complete Streets is primarily an engineering policy that reallocates space between modes. Streets as Places combines PPS’s street design expertise with its celebrated Placemaking approach to show you how your community can get people out of there cars by creating great places and destinations that people want to walk and bike to. Streets as Places aims to complete communities.

Our training is held in the heart of New York City, which has established itself as a leader in how streets are designed. Over the last 6 years, New York has become a laboratory for innovation through dozens of NYC Department of Transportation projects that exemplify its brave ideas about how streets should work; its willingness to experiment; its agility in trying new approaches; and the economic and health gains it has accomplished. Participants will hear the city’s story from the citizen advocates and the transportation professionals who made it happen.

Additional examples of this approach from throughout North America and Europe will be highlighted in the course along with new concepts for “rightsizing” streets, often referred to as road diets. PPS will describe case studies of how “rightsizing” has improved safety and achieved transportation outcomes, and other research that we have done for the Federal Highway Administration’s Context Sensitive Solutions website. The Director of the National Center for Biking and Walking will talk about national and international innovations in bicycle infrastructure, including bike share systems and how cities are getting them to happen.

Course participants will be instructed on how to engineers, planners and citizens can communicate and collaborate with one another to achieve community outcomes and pursue mutually beneficial solutions. To introduce participants to creating streets that serve community needs as opposed to a traffic function alone, participants will do an interactive street typology exercise where they come up with the definition and characteristics of streets based on their role in the community.

Finally, we will discuss how using a Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) approach can be a real asset in breaking down resistance and building support, attracting reinvestment and encouraging more people to become involved in affecting transportation changes in cities.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • Where: 

    PPS Office
    419 Lafayette St
    7th floor
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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