Thanks to paint and simple physical objects that can be cheaply purchased and quickly installed, cities are delivering improved safety, better economic performance, new transportation choices and a higher quality of life. These rapid implementation methods are allowing cities to create heavily used bike networks, popular new public spaces and demonstrably safer streets for walking, biking and driving.
This is one of a series of short, practical reports from PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project, which helps cities build protected bike lanes so they can connect neighborhoods with low-stress biking networks. It was researched and written by Jon Orcutt with support from Michael Andersen and the Green Lane Project team, drawing on the experiences of the Green Lane Project’s first four years.
More people riding bicycles creates stronger, safer and healthier communities. The key to getting more people biking is to provide safe, convenient and attractive places to ride.
At our recent Strong Towns Summit in Tulsa, OK, I heard Chuck Marohn praise—on several occasions—the ingenuity and creativity of the tactical urbanism projects going on in Memphis, TN. These include temporary bike lanes, pop-up stores, sidewalk seating and more.
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