How do we quickly, affordably, and safely convert 20th century, car-dominated, and unsafe streets into people-oriented 21st century streets? We need your help!

 

Left two images by PeopleForBikes, Right image by Paul Kruger



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Join us in designing the streets of the future! The “Better Mobility Lane” challenge invites teams or individuals with experience in design, tech, and/or the everyday familiarity with using a micromobility vehicle (bike, scooter, skateboard, wheelchair, etc.) on urban streets to develop ideas for a product that will physically protect mobility lane users, but that is also simple, affordable, low-maintenance, and visually attractive.
See the Share Your Idea section below for submission specifics.

The winning design will be fabricated by Team Better Block, and installed in future projects around the country.  


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BACKGROUND

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BACKGROUND


To meet the growing desire and need to reallocate street space for scooters, bikes, skateboards, wheelchairs, and other micromobility vehicles, elements of physical protection as a buffer from moving traffic need to be considered.

Today, most cities borrow traffic control devices used on highways to create physical buffers, causing road users to find mobility lanes unattractive and confusing...(mobility lane, or construction zone?).




Additionally, many of the elements used as physical buffers are perceived to be high maintenance... 



and unattractive...



We need your help to come up with a better solution that works for all road users!

SHARE YOUR IDEA


To be competitive in this challenge, your buffer design must fulfill the following requirements:
-Final production costs less than $10 per foot
-A continuous physical buffer
-Aesthetically pleasing
-Low Maintenance
-Little to no engineering/design needed on site to install


Bonus: While the following characteristics are not required in your design, including any of the following will give your design a competitive edge.
- Able to be produced sustainably
- Makes use of recycled/upcycled
- Has embedded technology to collect roadway data


To share your idea, please submit one pdf (8.5”x11”) of the following documents by clicking the “submit your idea” button below:
  • Description of your delineator concept (1 page)
  • List of materials included in your design (1 page)
  • Cost estimate per delineator unit (1 page)
  • Dimensioned diagram of delineator unit (1 page)
  • Sketches, drawings, or digital renderings of your delineator design in the context of a mobility lane. (Quality of rendering not considered in overall score of delineator design. This is just to understand how you see your design functioning in the environment.) (up to 3 pages)





Questions? Contact zoey@teambetterblock.com or layne@teambetterblock.com

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POP-UP PLACEMAKING TOOLKIT 

December 5th, 2019
Team Better Block recently partnered with AARP Livable Communities to develop The AARP Pop-Up Placemaking Toolkit, a document created to help communities take advantage of placemaking opportunities by sharing information about the tools, techniques, and lessons learned in past Team Better Block pop-up placemaking demonstration. Download, read, and share this tool kit with your network to kickstart placemaking demonstrations in your own community!


AARP PLACEMAKING CONFERENCE 

November 11th, 2019
Team Better Block had a great time putting on a pop-up placemaking demonstration and attending the AARP Placemaking Workshop on November 11th in Denver, Colorado. The Team shared their process for pop-up placemaking projects, discussed ideas for how to use pop-up placemaking in each attendee’s own community, and created an indoor “Pop-Up Parklet” to demonstrate various building tools and techniques. Read more about the event here, and keep an eye on the AARP Livable Communities website for the upcoming release of our joint publication, The AARP Pop-Up Placemaking Toolkit.

 


MATCHMAKING FOR MODERN- DAY MOBILITY

October 7th, 2019
In early September, Team Better Block joined forces with Spin Scooters, Bike Utah, and The Salt Lake City Transportation Division to bring an intersection to life with enhanced bike lanes, wide buffers, physical delineation, and of course – color! Read more about the project here, and enjoy the video below about the collaborative effort that took place to create an intersection accessible for every mode of transportation!




NATIVE CROSSWALKS: THE CASE FOR COLORFUL CROSSWALKS

October 2nd, 2019
Native Crosswalks: The Case for Colorful Crosswalks, examines the current state of practice, recent experiments, and the path forward in finding solutions to the desire to create local identity in our society’s largest public space, streets, while still maintaining safety for all road users.

Tell us your story of experimenting and adding character to your community’s crosswalks. Has an engineer ever said no because of liability concerns? We want to know so we can help guide the ever-evolving conversation surrounding the future of crosswalk design. Share your story here: info@teambetterblock.com



September 4th-7th, 2019









What is a Better Block?

Better Block is a rapid 2-3 month planning effort culminating into a week long build and transformative event day with collaboration from an engaged community and temporarily improves the physical and economic environment on a specific city block.



     

Concept Plan

To guide Better Block’s process over the next couple of weeks, the Concept Plan is used to map out our components for strategic revitalization. Its main aim is to meet the long-term needs, while ensuring the people continue to enjoy a quality living environment.

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Event Poster

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Workshop Schedule

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Spin Space Survey


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ARTS & CULTURE STRATEGY




The goal of this project is to create an Art and Culture Strategy that will use a combination of stakeholder,community and experiential outreach methods to garner  ownership of the plan and assure its implementation. Beyond workshops and public meetings, a Better Block will test new human capital collaborations with placemaking infrastructure. The strategy will be refined based on this experience and a longterm plan set forth that will be continuously adjusted based on new talents and site opportunities throughout the city of Fitchburg.

To reach the goal of turning downtown Fitchburg into a thriving  arts and culture hub for North Central Massachusetts partnerships with the City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg State University, NewVue Communities, Montachusett Opportunity Council, North Central Mass. Chamber of Commerce, Fitchburg Pride, and The Fitchburg Plan will be further strengthened. Join us as we reach this goal!




What is a Better Block?

Better Block is a rapid planning effort culminating into a week long build and transformative event day. With collaboration from an engaged community, the goal of a Better Block is to temporarily improve the physical and economic environment on a specific city block to show its potential. A passionate group of people can create whatever kind of community they wish to see, a Better Block creates an avenue for that dream to become a reality!



     

Concept Plan

To guide Better Block’s process over the next couple of weeks, the Concept Plan is used to map out our components for strategic revitalization. Its main aim is to meet the long-term needs, while ensuring the people continue to enjoy a quality living environment.




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Here are materials that will assist you in learning more about Better Block and spreading the word.

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Project Overview

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Volunteer Sign-Up Flyer

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