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New Handbooks from Global Designing Cities Initiative Offer Step-by-Step Guidance on Implementing and Evaluating Street Transformations

(in Portuguese and Spanish)

For Immediate Release: May 19, 2022
Contact
: Annah MacKenzie | [email protected]

 

The Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) today released two instructional handbooks, How to Implement Street Transformations and How to Evaluate Street Transformations. Reviewed by experts and practitioners from over 20 cities across the globe, these handbooks look closely at three types/stages of street transformation projects—pop-up, interim, and capital construction—and serve as critical supplements to the design guidance provided in the landmark Global Street Design Guide (2016).

Geared towards a diverse audience of public sector leaders, practitioners, local NGOs, students, community advocacy groups, and local businesses, these handbooks seek to change the decades-long practice of implementing and evaluating projects based on car-oriented metrics. Using the approachable methodologies outlined in these guides, cities can redirect their focus to creating the best streets for pedestrians and active mobility users of all ages and abilities.

How to Implement Street Transformations outlines the steps from initial site selection, to planning, implementing, and maintaining a pop-up or interim street transformation. It draws on GDCI ’s experience implementing community-first road safety transformations to improve mobility choices, add quality public open spaces, support community-driven street designs, and increase accessibility and comfort for street users around the world.

With a focus on metrics and meaningful data collection practices, How to Evaluate Street Transformations offers cities an alternative way of measuring, evaluating, and communicating the impact of pop-up and interim projects related to road safety and its co-benefits. The handbook demonstrates how collecting and evaluating data can help build community support, trial new materials, improve designs, and accelerate the pace of change.

“Pop-up and interim street transformations offer the opportunity to show what’s possible on streets quickly and cost-effectively—before making capital investments,” said Skye Duncan, Executive Director of GDCI. “As supplements to the Global Street Design Guide, these handbooks offer details and practical ‘hands-on’ guidance around implementing and evaluating street design transformations, based on our lessons learned from cities around the world.” 

“For Guayaquil, interim street transformations have paved the way for new designs,” said Cynthia Viteri, Mayor of Guayaquil, Ecuador. “Data collection is essential for establishing a standard process that meets the needs of road safety, while striving to create a safe environment for all types of road users and community residents.”

“Having access to the world’s best practices in urban design through the Global Designing Cities Initiative was fundamental for the street transformations that Fortaleza has undergone in recent years, prioritizing sustainable urban mobility and more comfortable and safer public spaces for everyone,” said Luiz Alberto Sabóia, President of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Foundation of Fortaleza, Brazil. “The publication of these two new handbooks will be essential for scaling similar projects, allowing more cities around the world to have access to this knowledge, and to transform their city as Fortaleza did.”

The production of How to Implement Street Transformations and How to Evaluate Street Transformations was made possible with the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies. The handbooks are available for free download at globaldesigningcities.org, and both texts are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

 
Download “How to Implement Street Transformations”

Download “How to Evaluate Street Transformations”

 

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About the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI)

Launched in 2014, the Global Designing Cities Initiative’s mission is to transform streets around the world, inspiring leaders, practitioners, and communities to imagine what’s possible when we design streets that put people first. GDCI’s work is informed by the strategies and international best practices captured in the Global Street Design Guide. To learn more, visit globaldesigningcities.org or follow us on Twitter at @globalstreets.

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