PlusUrbia’s Public Space Challenge Ideas

May 8, 2019

The Miami Foundation‘s Public Space Challenge is back this year and it is all about the way Miami moves!

From the Public Space Challenge website:

The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge is back! This year, we’re investing $250,000 in your ideas to create, activate or improve how we move around our community. Think bus stops, bike lanes, water ways, streets, sidewalks, crosswalks or wayfinding signs and how you can make them more safe, fun and easier to use. The way you do that is totally up to you!

PlusUrbia has proposed two ideas to improve mobility in the City and make it a more civil place.

1. Be Kind – Park on the Line

 

MY IDEA TO IMPROVE THIS PLACE…

Misplacement of scooters has become a nuisance, a danger to pedestrians, as well as an obstruction to private property. As a result of the increased use of scooters, sidewalks have become less safe as people park them without any order, oftentimes blocking pedestrian mobility. The idea is to designate spaces for scooter parking by painting lines or areas on sidewalks so that people can leave the scooters within those boundaries — providing a safer pedestrian environment.

SO THAT PEOPLE COULD…

The intent is to provide safer sidewalks for pedestrians. Scooter users will be able to enjoy the scooters and have designated places to park them.

2. Cuban Memorial Blvd – Pedestrian Enhancement

 

MY IDEA TO IMPROVE THIS PLACE…

Is to provide continuity to the existing paths within the medians located in SW 13th Avenue. The idea is to define these connections with paint or textured surfaces to provide safer crossings to pedestrians and bicycles to one of the longest and narrowest open spaces in Miami. Currently, these medians contain paths that are intended for pedestrian use, however, due to the lack of visual connection between them and the substantial crossing distance, pedestrians feel insecure, and cars invade the crossing frequently. Therefore, a variety of floor murals for the 16 intersections are proposed as a creative solution to the current problem.

SO THAT PEOPLE COULD…

Enjoy a safer pedestrian path and an improved sense of direction, while
also allowing car users to become more aware and cautious when driving over the pedestrian path. This initiative will also add aesthetically pleasing murals on the ground that will enhance the pedestrian and bicycle experience.



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