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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





AUTHENTIC FORM AND FUNCTION PODCAST FEATURE


September 24th, 2019
Ever wanted to hear the origin story of the Better Block? It wasn't always perfect! A few hints on what’s to come next by using demonstrations to transform cities and calibrate new technologies into communities in my interview with Chris Arnold of Authentic Form & Function podcast!
https://authenticff.com/…/block-by-block-community-complete…

Big shout out to Jason Roberts for calling me to paint a bike lane in 2010. From his first ideas, we collaborated on taking the first organic Better Block into an internationally recognized planning process. A process that replaces the boring public meetings and entrenched design defend model into grassroots community change.

Will demonstration projects still be needed in the future? It is definitely evolving in the right direction. More cities want them to stay longer and have more people involved. I hope in the future this is just the way we build cities!




VIEW OUR

2018
BEST PRACTICES!


January 29th, 2019
What does a full city block look like with a raised, protected bicycle lane painted using pastel blue, pink and green colors?  Can you visually reimagine and redesign a worn outdoor basketball court?  What does a mile of Limitless lane look like?  Can you turn a dead end block into a family plaza?  All of these questions and more were demontrated and tested in 7 different communities and states around the U. S. in 2018 using the Better Block process.  Our Best Practices will guide you through before and after pages of interventions that were built and tested by over 200 volunteers from all walks of life, and implemented with the guidance from Team Better Block.  Community ideas were turned into interventions that demonstrated temporary traffic calming and placemaking in Neighborhoods, Parks & Plazas, and on Main Street. 

Redesigned outdoor basketball court in Columbus, OH’s Blackburn neighborhood in Fall of 2018.


More and more often we are asked to move beyond temporary installments to create semi-permanent and permanent infrastructure within a Better Block project and beyond.  One example of this is in Ash Crescent, a long-neglected neighborhood in Fort Worth, TX.  We led the community is testing a family plaza next to a growing neighborhood church.  The plaza was set within the right-of-way of a public street.  While temperatures rose to 103 degrees, the Better Block event brought over 200 residents out to a mayor town hall walk of the area, a record for the city.  The event was complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, and fun activities for everyone.  That project has led to potentially building a permanent, neighborhood park on donated land from a long-time pickle grower and manufacturer in the neighborhood.  


Ash Crescent neighborhod in Fort Worth, TX installed a temporary family plaza and Limitless lane in June 2018

Another example is in Bethel, VT, where in Fall of 2016, we led a Better Block that has one of the best instances of how Better Block can transform people into transforming their communities.  We returned in early 2018 to install semi-permanent traffic bulb-outs along their Main St. corridor where we have tested bulb-outs using temporary straw waddles.  

Installment of rubberform bulb-outs in downtown Bethel, May 2018.

Click and read a full update of all 2018’s project Best Practices below, and find out more about all of Team Better Block’s works as well.  


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