A “reproduction” of a walking sign placed by Matt Tomasulo and friends in Raleigh, North Carolina (of course, with a little reference to my City of Port Moody, BC). Further information on their walking sign initiative can be found at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cityfabric/walk-your-city.
Tactical Urbanism in Action
According to Mike Lydon, writer for Pattern Cities (http://patterncities.com/archives/175), tactical urbanism is:
“A pattern [of action] that features the following five characteristics:
- A deliberate, phased approach to instigating change;
- The offering of local solutions for local planning challenges;
- Short-term commitment and realistic expectations;
- Low-risks, with a possibly high reward; and
- The development of social capital between citizens and the building of organizational
capacity between public-private institutions, non-profits, and their constituents.”
This is a rather fitting term for Matt Tomasulo’s recent Walk Raleigh intiative. Back in January, Mr. Tomasulo, a master’s student in Raleigh, NC, and a few friends placed 27 walking signs around the city at major intersections. The purpose of which was to encourage walking and, in turn, promote healthier, sustainable communities.The signs were not approved by the city and were removed but have since been replaced as part of a 90 day pilot project.
What an interesting tactic. Such initiatives, while guerilla in style, are an important piece of public engagement in planning. They work to educate the public in how simple building healthy communities can be. And in how simple and quick walking instead of driving can be.
What sort of tactical urbanism initiative would you dream up?