Through the Safe Streets Academy, teams from Orlando, FL, Lexington, KY, and South Bend, IN launched demonstration projects to transform their streets into safer places for people walking, biking, and driving. How did they do it? On June 12, we’re releasing case studies that tell their stories — stories that can help others around the country learn how to create safer streets in their own communities. Join us for a webinar to celebrate these projects and learn more about the cities’ experiences!
With just a small amount of money and a bottom-up approach, leaders from each of these three cities came up with creative ways to engage their respective communities, produced fast and flexible solutions to slow traffic and create safer conditions for walking or biking, and then measured the results and listened to community feedback to recalibrate the projects to improve them.
Along the way, they built support both within their local communities and within their public agencies for making changes permanent — or for bringing similar transformations to other areas to make them safer.
During the webinar, someone from each of the three cities will share how they worked closely with their communities to test different ways to design safer streets. They’ll talk about how these projects evolved, how people responded, and the lessons they learned from these experiences. They’ll also discuss the benefits of using demonstration projects, such as the opportunity to quickly and test out new low-cost ideas that might not otherwise have been possible and building better working relationships with business owners, elected officials, community members, and other jurisdictions.