Introducing Shared Streets in U.S. Cities
You'll learn about:
Why the shared street, more commonly seen in northern Europe, has recently become a street management, placemaking, and economic development tool that American cities are considering
How different cities have approached educating stakeholders and gaining public acceptance for the concept of shared streets as well as specific projects
What cities have learned from their experience with temporary and permanent shared street projects and what this may indicate about the future of shared streets in America
A shared street approach creates an environment where all users interact safely within the same space, deconstructing the prototypical street section (e.g., travel lane/bike lane/sidewalk). This differs from the increasingly accepted complete streets approach, which aims to allocate adequate and equitable space for motorists, bicycles, pedestrians, and others, but typically achieves safety and comfort by creating separation between modes.
Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco are all experimenting with shared streets, and are at different stages of implementation. Hear how and why each city decided to try this new concept, such as the desire to respond to site-specific transportation issues or to promote goals like economic development and public space improvement. Representatives of each will also discuss the public and political context for each project, with an emphasis on the challenge of overcoming stakeholder concerns about this non-traditional approach.
Confirmed SpeakerHannah Higgins is a Project Manager at site design group, ltd. assigned to the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program. Her duties include overseeing streetscape and public plaza projects from the start of the design process through construction, and coordinating CDOT’s annual landscape maintenance seminar. With a focus on Complete Streets principles and sustainable initiatives, Hannah’s projects include Chicago’s first Shared Street on Argyle which expands pedestrian space and diverts 90% of stormwater run-off. Hannah received a BLA from Ball State University and is a registered landscape architect with experience working within the urban design, parks and recreation, education, real estate, healthcare and transportation sectors. She has honed valuable skills and built expertise in all project phases including design, management, and construction observation.
Robin Abad Ocubillo
, City and County San Francisco
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerRobin is a Planner and Urban Designer at the San Francisco Planning Department. His current and past work has focused largely on public space design and policy. He currently manages the Central Waterfront-Dogpatch Public Realm Plan, an interagency effort to scope and program streetscape and open space infrastructure in a rapidly transitioning post-industrial neighborhood on the Bay shore. He also serves as core staff with SF Pavement to Parks, incubating tests of community-generated public space ideas and stewardship models in neighborhoods across San Francisco. Prior to joining Planning, he served for three years as a Project Manager with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, working on habitat restoration, cultural landscape and adaptive reuse projects throughout the Bay Area National Parklands.
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerChris Hrones is a Senior Transportation Planner in Arup’s San Francisco office. He has more than 19 years of experience as a transportation professional in the private and public sectors. His areas of expertise include public outreach and bus priority/complete streets planning. Chris most recently worked for NYCDOT planning and implementing infrastructure projects in a challenging NYC environment.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Breen is a member of NYC DOT's Public Space Unit overseeing programs focused on transforming city streets into vibrant public spaces. Prior to relocating to New York, David worked in both public and private sectors planning, designing and implementing transportation and public realm projects across London and throughout the UK. David's background is in engineering and urban design.