by: Laura McCamy (originally posted on January 17, 2022]
CalBike developed our Quick-Build Guide in partnership with Alta Planning + Design. You can download it from the Calbike website or request a hard copy mailed to you (or your favorite city planner) for free.
The steep rise in biking and walking during the pandemic added urgency to a long-standing problem—long lead times and high costs make it challenging to build the infrastructure we need now. CalBike, California’s statewide bicycle coalition, advanced a solution: a guide to quick-build design principles.
Complete Streets projects, which create comfortable, safe spaces for people to use all modes of transportation, often take a decade or more to plan and build. And lack of funding to pay for curb and roadway changes can push implementation even further. Quick-build design uses inexpensive materials, such as paint and plastic bollards, to make streets safer in months, not years. The faster rollout is a terrific way to make an intersection safer after a collision and before anyone else is hurt, and the low-cost materials put quick-build within reach of municipal budgets.