What are the different types of street experiments?

Street experiments aim to improve urban mobility by shifting from “streets for traffic towards streets for people.” Street experiments can include re-marking streets; re-purposing parking; partial or entire re-purposing of streets; and the flexible closure of streets. Our toolkit provides insight into the different types of street experiments and their capacity to cause system change.

How can street experiment impacts be measured and learned from?

Measuring the impacts of street experiments is important to understand and communicate their added value. Impacts can include effects on accessibility, mobility, citizen perspectives, and system change. Experiments have implications for the street where they take place, and the city as a whole. Our toolkit helps determine where to experiment and how to upscale.

How can municipalities support street experiments?

Municipalities have an important role when it comes to organising street experiments. As the primary regulating and decision-making body, a municipality can either limit or enable street experiments. Our toolkit is designed to help policy-makers understand the different roles they can adopt towards street experiments and how this affects their capacity to cause system change.

How can users be involved in street experiments?

Street experiments involve different stakeholders, each with their own idea about how streets should be used. Involving users and having a better understanding of their preferences is crucial for the success of such initiatives. Our toolkit provides further knowledge on how to include citizen perspectives.

Which barriers exist for street experiments and how can these be dealt with?

Because they challenge the status quo, street experiments face many barriers. Some of these barriers (e.g. design) are within the initiator’s control, while other barriers (e.g. institutional processes and regulations) are external. Our toolkit explains these barriers in more detail, highlights enablers, and provides practice-based solutions.

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