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Short-term Action Inspiring Long-term Change

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Since the mid-20th century, American cities have been overwhelmingly designed for the automobile first, creating streets and public places that are unsafe and uninviting to bike, walk, and socialize in. People around the world are taking back their streets using tactical urbanism—demonstration projects using temporary and inexpensive materials—to show how inviting our public spaces can be.

Park City Municipal is launching People-First Streets to give residents an opportunity to engage in city-sanctioned tactical urbanism. We have heard residents’ desires for bold action and safer streets.

Through this program, residents will lead projects, in partnership with City staff, to temporarily change local streets into places that put people first.

Curb extensions in Jersey City, NJ using paint, bollards, and potted plants (Street Plans)

Curb extensions in Jersey City, NJ using paint, bollards, and potted plants (Street Plans)

A protected bike lane in Mexico City using a stencil, spray paint, and potted plants (Urban Repair Squad)

A protected bike lane in Mexico City using a stencil, spray paint, and potted plants (Urban Repair Squad)

High-viz crosswalks in Bogota, Colombia using paint (Urban Repair Squad)

High-viz crosswalks in Bogota, Colombia using paint (Urban Repair Squad)

Public seating in Jersey City, NJ wooden pallets and potted plants (Street Plans)

Public seating in Jersey City, NJ wooden pallets and potted plants (Street Plans)

High-viz crosswalks and curb extensions using paint and potted plants (Urban Repair Squad)

High-viz crosswalks and curb extensions using paint and potted plants (Urban Repair Squad)

Public seating in Burlington, Vermont using potted plants, wooden crates, traffic cones, and paint (Street Plans)

Public seating in Burlington, Vermont using potted plants, wooden crates, traffic cones, and paint (Street Plans)

A traffic circle, crosswalks, sharrows, and curb extensions in Provo, UT using cornstarch paint and vertical panels (BikeWalk Provo)

A traffic circle, crosswalks, sharrows, and curb extensions in Provo, UT using cornstarch paint and vertical panels (BikeWalk Provo)

Examples

Tactical urbanism projects are used anywhere people want to prioritize an inviting and livable built environment over automobile speeds. There are many great examples locally and abroad that can inspire your project.

Examples of tactical urbanism are available from following sources: