Once you have a clear objective that’s well founded and supported by partners, the next step is designing the transitional change to deliver to that objective.
Development of your design and overall plan in conjunction with other partners will strengthen it across the seven success factors, and help you gain sufficient support.
The following factors will influence your street innovation project and have implications for its design.
The Innovating Streets team can also help with design of your project, so contact us to discuss it at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of different tools and parts available to deliver Innovating Street projects. The key things to think about when considering what you’ll use are:
The tools you use in the street need to be safe for all users; pedestrians, people on bikes or motorcycles/scooters, drivers. You need to think about them during the day (eg not hiding pedestrians from vehicles) and at night (eg is there anything a person on a bike might run into in the dark). As well as ensuring personal safety (eg not creating an area someone could hide in).
Pop-up, pilot, or semi-permanent? Shorter events will require cheaper, lighter, tools and a MacGyver approach. If things are staying in place longer they need to be bump or theft proof and longer lasting. If there are plants involved, who’ll water them?
How busy is the street with vehicles, people, or events? Is there lots of parking or loading? How fast are vehicles travelling? More or faster traffic will mean more robust infrastructure – concrete or bolt down flexiposts for example. On a slow or quiet residential street consider items that add value to the street environment such as planters and benches which contribute more to the street aesthetic.
We’ve heard that aesthetics are a surprisingly strong barrier to communities’ acceptance of change. When people are concerned about change they’re less likely to tolerate a plethora of orange cones, flexi-posts and STMS warning signs all over a familiar street.
One way to mitigate this is to include cheerful elements especially in the very first phases of installation: pinwheels in the tops of cones and flexi-posts, fairy-lights, loaned trees, local artists’ or young people’s artwork on hoardings or safety fences, cheerful signs on seating or pointing to nearby businesses or attractions.
If these additions can come from the local community, so much the better.