Innovating Streets is an umbrella term for any projects that seek to:
Use quick and temporary techniques to deliver positive people-centred changes to streets
This can include tactical urbanism, ‘trying through doing’ for consultation, fast changes to streets, and activations to help people think of their streets differently.
The Innovating Streets guidance separates projects into three types:
While a permanent solution is vital to understand and aim for, its delivery and project steps are not covered in this guide. Similarly, large-scale pilots and those in higher-risk road environments are not covered. These will be covered in the Transport Agency’s Complete Streets Guide, currently being worked on.
The first question is: why use a temporary or interim technique rather than a standard process?
Reasons include being able to:
Before starting on your project, you need to be clear if a temporary approach is appropriate for your project given its environment. Many Innovating Street projects are directly aimed at safety improvements, but no matter what the objective, safety needs to be front of mind at every stage of the project. Overall, it is important to retain perspective of the risks and understand the benefits of the street changes your project will test. Our research found that ‘safety’ and ‘risk’ are often used as generic reasons not to innovate. It’s important to find the balance of managing real risk appropriately. Considerations include the difference between cultural risk, perceived risk and actual risk. This is important in project design and also in communication.
This guide is devised for lower risk streets, where there are already, or you are trying to achieve, slower traffic speeds and lower volumes of traffic.
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