Guerrilla Bike Signage
The quest for solutions to improve biking accessibility and navigation started on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, by finding which areas of the city were most difficult for people who use bikes for transit. The team began with an app, Creative Alliance of New Orleans , (which you can access via smartphone or text at 504-332-4900 ) that can help bikers plan their trips using their bikes and the bus. The next step was taking the issue to the streets. The team conducted a survey, getting feedback from city cyclists on where they have the most problem on the roads. With their $500 grant from Neighborland and feedback from fellow bikers, they pinpointed an area of New Orleans to install signs to assist automobile and bike riders in their journey. Hopefully this new wayfinding will lead to many more bike-friendly additions on the roads of The Big Easy.
CITY:New Orleans, LA
With Limited infrastructure for bicyclists, poor quality sidewalks, and infrequent transit service, how can we make getting around New Orleans without an automobile a better option?
- Jay Casteel, Jo Barrios, Joel Carranza, Rosalie Cohn, Tippy Tippens, Brittany DesRocher, Julia McNabb, Kathleen Onufer, Mary Carlton, Ross Peizer, Serena Wales, Brooke Larsen, Chad Cramer, Ness Higson
Jamie Wine, Bike Easy and Rachel Heiligman, Transport for NOLA
Improving Bus Stops
To bring attention to neglected street corners, this team proposed a three-step process to what they call a street-hub. At a corner where people gather to board the bus, they will start by incorporating steps and a plants to the infrastructure. These are simple changes to encourage sitting down and resting while improving the visual landscape. Next will be the installation of the actual hub structure complete with recycling bin, mini-library, a vendor's stall and possibly solar panels for power to light the hub at night. Finally, with more people coming to the corner, using transit, and supporting the businesses around the hub, the main hub structure is removed and a mural completes the space on a nearby building. Of course, depending on the exact corner location, these plans can differ slightly. But with support from business owners and Creative Alliance of New Orleans, so far the plans are going well. Since funding is the primary bind on this project, the team is reaching out to organizations and community members around future sites they’ve selected to find ways to fund and upkeep the future hubs. They’ve even put together a manual of parts and prices involved in building your own hub.
CITY:New Orleans, LA
The neglect of neighborhood street corners across New Orleans can make our blocks feel unwelcoming and unsafe. With limited funding, how can we help empower artists, cultural producers, and neighborhoods to take beautification into their own hands?
- Alyson Kilday, Austin Lukes, Ella Camburnbeck, Patrick Kelly, Ryan J. Bordenave, Sergio H. Padilla, Zachary Gong, Jeffrey Scanlan, Tara Foster
Tori Bush, Creative Alliance of New Orleans
One issue that creative Jennifer Daniel found in her venture to the streets of New York, is that pedestrians don’t heed warnings from crosswalks. So she proposed to make them pay attention. With different colored puppies or unbelievable real estate buys, this visual break from the norm could convey a message of safety while catching people off-guard thereby making them take notice. The streets were built for cars and so was all of the signage, so Daniel’s approach of giving walkers their own version of traffic signs nods to the larger idea of redesigning the streets for pedestrians. This challenge was submitted as part of the Institute for Urban Design’s By the City/For the City competition.
CITY:New York City, NY
The number of pedestrians killed in New York City traffic accidents is three times higher than the national average. How can a city that’s pulsing with footsteps, be safer for pedestrians?
Regional Plan Association: Jeff Ferzoco