Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Community Building Tip: Bike Lanes

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

45. Paint a pop-up bike lane. Rather than talk about the impact of new bike lanes on the Macon, Georgia, transportation network Better Block went ahead and brought the vision to life with the help of 498 cans of paint (and support from the city and the Knight Foundation). The pop-up paint job, which linked together existing bike lanes, may be a precursor to expanding the city’s cycling infrastructure.

Pop-ups provide a way to test projects on a small, temporary scale before investing lots of money.  You can brainstorm possibilities, narrow that down to several promising options, then test each one for a couple of weeks.  Invite people to discuss possible improvements.  Do another round of testing if indicated.  Then vote on the most popular plan.

This is much more common in Terramagne than here, where people routinely test projects on a small scale before expanding them.
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