Promote Park(ing) Day

Popularized by the San Francisco–based design group, Rebar, Park(ing) Day is an annual event on the third Friday of September during which activists and community groups legally take over a curbside parking spot and reinvent the space for pedestrian purposes. Groups have created public parks, public reading rooms, curbside cafes, bocci courts, and mini beaches … Continue reading Promote Park(ing) Day

Activate Streetscapes through Temporary Uses of Vacant Buildings and Sites

Organizing temporary uses of vacant buildings or land for socially beneficial purposes, which helps create safe dynamic streetscapes and walking destinations. Guidance Collaborate with local organizations to determine the temporary use The following elements are suggested for a community garden or urban farm: Water source Covered area Seating Bathroom Compost or worm bins Art installations … Continue reading Activate Streetscapes through Temporary Uses of Vacant Buildings and Sites

Create Play Streets

Play Streets programs temporarily close a section of a street off to cars, typically for a morning or a day on a regular, but seasonal, basis, for use as a public playground. Activities are often organized and supervised by volunteers or city workers. Guidance Plan ahead: Contact potential partners and brainstorm activities in winter or … Continue reading Create Play Streets

Create Open Streets

Temporarily closing streets to automobiles and organizing public activities to encourage healthier transportation and living habits. Guidance Build political, financial, and community support early on. Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance used foundation funding to take local officials to cities with Open Streets initiatives. Once they experienced the event firsthand, Chicago officials started championing a car-free event … Continue reading Create Open Streets

Demonstrate Street Improvements

Spearheaded by the Better Block Project, this strategy is a collaborative effort to design and install a one-day demonstration of pedestrian-oriented streetscape improvements along an urban block. Typical demonstrations set up temporary pedestrian plazas, pop-up businesses in vacant storefronts, street trees and greenery in planters, bike lanes, additional street lighting, and (rented) sidewalk benches, tables, … Continue reading Demonstrate Street Improvements

Create a Pedestrian Wayfinding System

Pedestrian wayfinding systems are navigational systems that help pedestrians determine where they are and where they need to go to reach a destination. Traditionally consisting of signs, wayfinding systems can now also involve GPS systems, web connectivity, and mobile technology. Wayfinding systems can be designed and implemented formally by municipalities and business improvement districts, or … Continue reading Create a Pedestrian Wayfinding System

Seek Recognition

Applying for a Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) designation, managed by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, provides national recognition for your city’s efforts to encourage and improve walking. Guidance Create an application committee with members from multiple agencies and backgrounds, including planners, engineers, law-enforcement officials, and advocates To find information requested by the application, reach … Continue reading Seek Recognition

Create a SmartTrips Program

A SmartTrips program is a direct, individualized marketing program that encourages neighborhood residents to switch from car-based transportation to transit, biking, and walking. Programs use various approaches, such as direct mailings, email and website outreach, text messages, blogs, social media, bike delivery of materials, and free events to educate and encourage residents to change their … Continue reading Create a SmartTrips Program

Pedestrian Hybrid or HAWK Beacon

The pedestrian hybrid beacon, or High intensity Activated crosswalk, (HAWK), is a pedestrian-activated warning device for mid-block pedestrian crossings. The beacon, mounted above or beside the road, consists of two red lenses above a single yellow lens. The beacon head is unlit until a pedestrian pushes a button, which causes the beacon to illuminate a … Continue reading Pedestrian Hybrid or HAWK Beacon

Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons

Rectangular rapid-flashing beacons typically consists of two light- emitting-diode (LED) beacons on either side of a roadside pedestrian-warning sign that flash in a left-to-right pattern when pedestrians cross the street. The flashers, which use an irregular pattern like those on police vehicles, are turned on either when a pedestrian pushes a manual push button or … Continue reading Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons