Transforming Suburban Downtowns Through Innovative Street Design

A Regional Urban Design Committee Event

Thursday, 28 May, 2015
6-7:30pm, reception to follow
Location: Lafayette Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549
Free and Open to All.
1.5 CES LUs

There is a growing movement amongst suburban cities to make their downtowns pedestrian and bicycle-friendly with less emphasis on the automobile. The design of streets and circulation networks play a critical role in achieving these goals and can help bring a community together.

This symposium will examine how retrofitting streets and blocks for multimodal connectivity and complete streets can transform historically auto-oriented spaces into thriving people places.  The symposium will feature presentations by:

  • Bryan Jones of Alta Planning + Design on strategies for “complete networks” where pedestrian and bicycle connections are convenient and direct; and
  • Jim Daisa of Stantec will show how arterial roadways and other public streets can be adapted for pedestrian-oriented “downtown” environments.
  • Phil Erickson, AIA of Community Design + Architecture will offer a “toolkit” of devices for accommodating growth in pedestrian-friendly ways, such as mixed-mode “shared streets;”
  • Matt Taecker, AIA AICP of Taecker Planning & Design will moderate and present overarching principles for using street and other circulation improvements to promote emerging activity centers.

After brief presentations, the form will feature an open conversation to answer questions, examine obstacles, and explore opportunities associated with street and network retrofits.  Finally, a reception will follow the event.

About the Presenters

Matt Taecker, AIA AICP, Taecker Planning & DesignMatt chairs AIA East Bay’s “Regional and Urban Design Committee” and California Planning Roundtable’s “Overcoming Obstacles to Infill Development Committee.”  For three decades, Taecker has been a leader in promoting transit-oriented development and pedestrian-friendly places.  Taecker received the 2014 National American Planning Association’s “Best Practices Award” for Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan  His services include: urban design, comprehensive planning, form-based codes, stakeholder engagement, and development entitlements.

Phil Erickson, AIA, Community Design + Architecture. Phil has been an urban designer for 30 years. Erickson’s practice includes the design of complete streets, with a special focus on shared streets, to increase civic life in mixed use places.  Erickson co-authored recent multimodal street design provisions being considered by ITE, the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Bryan Jones, Alta Planning + Design. Bryan is a senior associate with Alta Planning + Design overseeing complete streets engineering and implementation. He has delivered numerous traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian safety, road diet, trail, downtown and complete streets projects to help move and connect people and businesses so communities can thrive. He also worked within local governments for more than a decade and understands the unique challenges and opportunities to getting support for and implementing complete streets. Bryan is a Complete Streets Instructor for the National Complete Streets Coalition helping communities enhance policies and practices. He is appointed by Caltrans to serve on the state traffic control devices committee to represent bicyclists and pedestrian issues statewide.

Jim Daisa, StantecJim has over 25 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering for communities that are undergoing change, infill development, intensification, or revitalization. He has built a national practice in the planning and design of multimodal thoroughfares and authoring design guidance for context sensitive, walkable, and complete streets. Mr. Daisa focuses on working with communities and the engineering profession at the local, state, federal and institutional levels to shift the paradigm from emphasizing automobile mobility to designing for all users. His credibility stems from advocating change through demonstrating that complete streets conform to fundamental engineering and safety principles.

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