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Design-Build a network of connected protected bikeways using paint/plastic throughout Indianapolis. Enable city staff to expand the network!

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The problems modern city streets face are as huge as ever. But these days, many of the best solutions are small. You can’t tweak a freeway. But a public plaza, a protected bike lane, a dedicated bus lane: these features of modern cities, unlike the projects we built two generations ago, 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. 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 solutions solve all 4 opportunity areas and more.

1. Increase Reliable Access

Protected bike lanes can be open year-round and will always be there with bike or scooter.

2. Expand Affordable Transportation Choices

Protected bike lanes offer a choice for folks who cannot afford a car and are too far for the bus. 

3. Support Residents with Disabilities or Other Challenges

Facilities provide clear direction for ADA users and can make roads ADA compliant and accessible for the blind

4. Create Comfortable Journeys for Families

It is designed for all ages and abilities.  We should feel comfortable letting our kids and grandparents ride. 

5. Other

This solves and set up the city for the future. We don't want to preclude us from options by installing curbs. We can allow space for smart sensors and curb management. We can allow space for green infrastructure and art. 


This is a new model of community engagement. Rather than talking about potential projects at community meetings where we would look at paper plans, we use flexible materials that we can adjust based on the community's feedback.

The installation itself may be the beginning of the public outreach process. Sometimes we will have a quick demonstration and pop-up meeting in a neighborhood.

Crossroad Lab is the designer, engineer, and construction manager for the Better Bikeways Central San Jose. This is a 14-mile project covering over 60 intersections in the central part of San Jose. This region is constrained by 4 highways and the network will connect the downtown to Transit. The Connections are vital to developing neighborhoods and connections to Bart/Caltrain. Crossroad Lab had teamed with NACTO to develop Innovative design solutions using tactile materials. NACTO provides international expertise for innovative solutions. Crossroad Lab has developed the Final PS&E Package for the network in under 8 months. This is by designing protected bikeways using flexible posts and paint over curb and gutter. This project has over 20 fully protected intersections which are more than what currently exists in the country. Vignesh orchestrated extensive combining coordination, planning, and design efforts with a thorough work plan. Crossroad Lab and the City of San Jose have had meetings with all the stakeholders and decision-makers to develop a network in this short timeframe. This project developed standard details, best practices intersection configurations, that are to be replicated throughout the region. Crossroad Lab’s team of designers understand how to go from concept to PS&E that work.

This same model can be recreated in many cities, it will organize and include, transit, ADA, Protected bike lanes, Curb extensions, public art and more. We developed standard engineering details for all the facilities in our design toolbox. We vetted with city staff and the community. We drew the entire city at a 10% level of details and met with all the business, fire, event managers, Community based organizations, cultural groups to develop consensus on a block by block level. Then we worked with city maintenance crews and contractors to teach them how to install and maintain the facilities. Then we managed the construction reviewed the Cat-tracking and started the process over again. Crossroad Lab has years of experience in highway, roadway, parking, traffic control, and more. We have combined all of our expertise to develop a new delivery model. We have recreated this success throughout the bay and have the references and community to prove it. We look forward to bringing better streets to Indianapolis. Thank you for the opportunity to propose our new design-build delivery model.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

We need to design for all ages and abilities. Our streets need to be comfortable for kids, seniors, skateboarders, scooter riders, women, minorities...everyone. By design for a blind person in a wheelchair, we make our sidewalks equitable. By designing to connect marginalized neighborhoods to stable/comfortable transportation we design for everyone. When we design for scooter lanes that are wide enough for trailers and plan to go at scooter speeds, we design for the future. Intersection design is key, it is where we interact, it s where we make eye contact, it is where we cross. my rapidly implementing these facilities we create a culture of respect. These facilities are more comfortable. Building bicycle infrastructure that is for All ages and abilities is an essential strategy for cities seeking to improve traffic safety, reduce congestion, improve air quality and public health, provide better and more equitable access to jobs and opportunities, and bolster local economies

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario
  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user
  • Fully Scaled - you have already scaled your solution and are exploring new use cases

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We built 16 miles of bikeways in DT San Jose. We have seen an increase in cycling of 50% in one year in downtown and 30% in the greater San Jose Area. This is not including scooters which have taken over in our downtown. It has encouraged more business to come to downtown and more development. The city is safer to cross for pedestrians and the handicapped. The busses have become more effiencet with the bus boarding island. The city has allocated space for future technologies and art.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

We are a team of Civil Engineers, Transportation professionals, and Urban Planners. We are industry experts in protected bike lanes and protected intersections. We have implemented more protected intersections in California than anyone else. We have also installed them quickly by avoiding major civil, environmental, and drainage impacts. We build intersections within months with paint, posts, and rubber curbs. This type of prototyping with data analysis helps interact with the future of streets.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

We would like $25K for the design. $5K for construction management and $45K for construction materials and events. We would like to host a community drive event to build some of these intersections with the city. This would involve a street event closure, art, roadway tape, posts, paint, chalk and more to build out a MUTCD compliant intersection. We would manage volunteers, construction crews, and city staff.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Cities to prototype roads. our curb and gutter haven't changed for the last 70 years. Our design vehicles haven't changed much either. We now have connected vehicles, electric scooters, the elderly of mobility scooters, delivery robots, and more. Designing protected bike lanes put everyone in an organized manner that prioritizes safety over efficiency. The city would understand the materials, we would develop standard details, the city crew would adopt them into their practice. we would implement a few locations and let the usage follow. protected intersections are intuitive to when built right and by testing it in the public ROW, it will show the politicians and engineers that change is possible.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

We would conduct before and after counts, community interception surveys, and teach the community and staff how to recreate this success. We will adopt details and train staff to continue the work. the city will be able to use the project to look for grants and expand the network. We will also see a lot of public health benefits in the community once these are implemented. Children and the elderly will be able to feel comfortable being active in their own neighborhoods.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

This will be a new standard practice and we will see people asking for more. It is green, be made of recycled materials, it can be implemented with inclusivity and target marginalized communities. Electric scooters and bikes are a greener form of transport and a protected bike lane can move more people can a vehicle lane can.

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180826 PSE 3 rd Street.pdf

Example of a layout we produced and iterated until we landed on the right solution to build

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