Many of the problems modern city streets face can be solved with good street design. You adjust the UI/UX of the system; Users habits and actions change. You can’t tweak a freeway, but we can create a public plaza, a protected bike lane, a dedicated bus lane. These are the features of modern cities and can be made quickly and adjusted fast. So maybe it’s no surprise that, in the last decade, some U.S. cities have been creating new models for project delivery and implementation that rethink the bureaucratic processes developed during the freeway era.
Austin is a perfect city transitioning from sprawl to dense living. Design vehicles are changing to scooters. We don't need large industrial trucks carrying goods. We need protected bike lanes carrying employees. this is vital as the city turns from an industrial center to a technology center. As scooters, urban mobility devices, and delivery robots come to fruition. We need dedicated space for devices that are faster than a pedestrian but slower than a car By rethinking the purpose of streets, U.S. municipalities are delivering improved safety, better economic performance, new transportation choices and a higher quality of life. They are doing so with new techniques that realign and reassign space on streets using paint and simple physical objects that can be cheaply purchased and quickly installed. Using these rapid implementation methods over the last several years, cities are creating heavily used bike networks, popular new public spaces and demonstrably safer streets for walking, biking, and driving. For organizations as big and complicated as local governments, creating a new process or procedure is difficult. But if you do it right, it can be revolutionary.
A QUICK-BUILD STREET PROJECT IS:
Led by a city government or other public agency.
Installed roughly within a year of the start of planning.
Planned with the expectation that it may undergo change after installation.
Built using materials that allow such changes.
Quick-build projects are reversible, adjustable traffic safety improvements that can be installed relatively quickly. Unlike major capital projects that may take years to plan, design, bid and construct, quick-build projects are buildable within weeks and months and are intended to be evaluated and reviewed within the initial 24 months of construction. Typical quick-build type improvements include:
- Paint, traffic delineators, and street signs
- Parking and loading adjustments
- Traffic signal timing
- Transit boarding islands
We are a civil engineering firm that has been innovating in this space for the last few years. We have developed the exact model to deliver these types of projects. We look forward to bringing these national best practices to Austin to accelerate their program.