Last week the excellent Streetfilms published a new video on tactical urbanism and some of those leading the charge. It’s a great look at how often simple and cheap changes can help make significant changes to our streets.
Tired of waiting for local governments to fix dangerous conditions, in many cities everyday citizens are practicing DIY traffic-calming to make streets safer for walking and biking. Some are forming “Departments of Transformation” to show others how to implement low-cost interventions, like traffic cones, to slow drivers down.
Often these installations are quickly removed by local DOTs, but in other cases, cities are embracing what’s come to be known as “tactical urbanism.” Some cities are making citizen-generated improvements permanent, while others are encouraging the movement by sanctioning, and even sponsoring, tactical urbanism projects.
Watch as we check in with people who are making this happen around the world!
I think that perhaps the closest we’ve seen to really using tactical urbanism has been some of the works in and around Britomart with the CRL but there is so much more we could do.