Tactical Urbanism: People and Pavement

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You'll learn about:

  • How to set up a program for community-initiated demonstration projects to test ideas for improving walking and biking
  • The basics of planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining a temporary path through an existing parking lot and an artistic crosswalk
  • How to find and follow best practices for such projects based on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

How can you set up local government policies for people to initiate and test their own ideas for interventions for walking and biking? What do you include in the policy guide? What are the issues and challenges of creating a path and crosswalk on existing asphalt, and how do you address them? How do you get permissions and approvals? What is the MUTCD manual, and why does it matter? Why are safety and design considerations such as color, paint, patterns, and posts important? This session covers these topics and more. 

About the Speakers

Margaret Rifkin
Margaret K. Rifkin RLA AICP, currently works as an urban designer and planner for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. She has worked extensively on a range of urban design and planning issues in this County over the past 20 years. Much of her work has involved planning, design and implementation to transform suburban metro station areas into walkable centers. She lead the launch of a new plan for White Flint and prepared urban design studies and guidelines. She holds a Joint Degree in Urban Design, University of California at Berkeley, MLA and MCRP; Smith College, BA.

Mike Lydon
Mike Lydon is a Principal with Street Plans and leads the firm’s New York City office. Mike is an internationally recognized planner, writer, speaker, and advocate for livable cities. NPR, The New York Times, CNN Headline News, ABC News, City Lab, Planetizen, Salon, Next City, Architect Magazine, and Streetsblog have featured his work, among other publications. Mike is the creator and primary author of the The Open Streets Project and the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol.1 – 4. With Tony Garcia, Mike authored the full-length book Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015. Mike also collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009 and honored by Planetizen as one of the top ten planning books of 2010. A founding member of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a Board Member for CNU New York, and a steering committee member of the Next Generation of New Urbanists, he remains active in both local and national planning, design, and smart growth advocacy issues. He lectures frequently and leads workshops and trainings on the topics of smart growth, tactical urbanism, and complete streets/active transportation. Before launching the firm in 2009, Mike worked for Smart Growth Vermont, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, and Ann Arbor’s GetDowntown Program. From 2006 – 2009 Lydon worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ), an international leader in the practice of smart growth planning, design, and research techniques. Mike currently serves on Transportation Alternative’s Executive Committee for the New York City Harbor Ring project, is an advisor to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and sits on the Board of the Center for a New American Dream. Mike received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He encourages you to trade four wheels for two.