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Tactical Urbanism of the Smart Street

Presenters Name: 
Laura Nagle
Co Presenters Name: 
Primary Research Mentor: 
Andrew Mondschein
Secondary Research Mentor: 
9:30 - 10:15
Time of Presentation: 
2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
Presentation Type: 
Presentations Academic Category: 
Social Science
Grant Program Recipient: 
USOAR Program

The rise of personal automobiles has resulted in policies and infrastructure focused on the ease by which cars operate and travel, to the detriment of public safety, personal wellbeing, and local livability. As a result, communities often seek ways to reclaim streets from cars, seeking flexibility to meet a wide range of social and design objectives. Depending on policy, connected, automated vehicles (CAVs) have the potential to enhance shared mobility and decrease dependence on the personal automobile, or they could lead to unprecedented levels of automobility and traffic on urban roads. Our project, Tactical Urbanism of the Smart Street, suggests ways communities can reclaim control of their streets with the emergence of CAVs. CAV technology requires communication between the vehicle and its surroundings: infrastructure, other vehicles, the cloud, pedestrians, etc. As a planning strategy, tactical urbanism describes using temporary interventions to improve the design and flow of a street for reasons such as protecting bike lanes, slowing car speeds, or extending crosswalks. Through investigating existing examples of policy, infrastructure, and interventions, we suggest strategies for tactical urbanism to be executed in a connected, automated world. We also consider how private, public, non-profit, and individual organizations will work together to improve the public right of way. Our policy approach argues that the decision-making process must concerned with issues of equity, safety, reliability, social justice, and culture, as well. Through a combination of the history of streets, tactical urbanism, and technology, we envision flexible, multipurpose, and a safe future of the streets.