Hey, I'm Walking in Los Angeles and You Can Too

Last year I gave a talk at the WIRED 2012 conference about the importance of designing our cities for walking: It's the simplest, fastest way to...

Last year I gave a talk at the WIRED 2012 conference about the importance of designing our cities for walking: It's the simplest, fastest way to make a city safer, healthier, and economically stronger. At the end, I mentioned that maybe the best way to make a city more walkable is to make walking a much more conscious act, with visual cues all over the city. My idea was to use the phrase "Hey, I'm walking here!"—what Dustin Hoffman's character Ratso Rizzo screams at a crosswalk-obstructing taxi in Midnight Cowboy.

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Bring GOOD Ideas for Cities to Your City: Download Our Toolkit

We've published a toolkit allowing anyone to organize events where local creatives team up with civic leaders to solve real-life urban challenges.

Since 2008, we've been we've been hosting GOOD Ideas for Cities events across the country, where local creatives team up with civic leaders to solve real-life urban challenges. The initiative has resulted in dozens of implemented solutions, from a board game that helps house the homeless in L.A., to a neighborhood revitalization project in Dallas, to a network of urban beacons which connects St. Louis both physically and virtually.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Three Ideas for Venice, Italy

At an event held at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, three teams of architects presented their concepts for the city.

A few months ago GOOD Ideas for Cities was selected as one of 124 grassroots urban initiatives in the exhibition Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good, the U.S. delegation to the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. As part of the exhibition, we were asked to organize an event pairing three Venetian architecture firms with challenges proposed by three local urban leaders. Here are the ideas for Venice they proposed. If you can get to Venice by this weekend, the Biennale closes on Saturday, November 25.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Designing Guerrilla Bike Signage

How to make a city's streets more comfortable for bikers? A team from New Orleans went ahead and installed their own bikeway signage.

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Like many cities hoping to make the transition from car-centric to multi-modal, New Orleans faces several obstacles, ranging from physical infrastructural improvements that must be made, to a cultural shift that encourages more bikers and transit riders. While better bike lanes and sidewalks might solve part of the problem, how might the city help its residents to choose alternative methods of transportation? As part of GOOD Ideas for New Orleans, the Biking & Transit team received $500 from Neighborland to execute simple, low-cost ideas for improving the biking experience. Using newly-released data from the city's transit authority, the team built an app, Bike Bus New Orleans (up now at bikebusnola.com or available via text at 504-332-4900) that can help bikers plan their trips. Then, after conducting a survey to find out the city's "hotspots" for cyclists, the team focused on creating a bikeway for the city—an important route that should be improved for bikers. The team then designed, fabricated, and installed their own signage to help bikers navigate the city.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Transforming Urban Trail Wayfinding

How to increase traffic on urban hiking and biking trails? Show how they fit into the larger transportation network with a transit-influenced map.

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Like many American cities, Dallas has invested in the health of its residents with a series of recreational hiking and biking trails. But without a comprehensive mapping and wayfinding system, the trails are all but invisible to a large portion of residents. How to increase activity on these vital recreational corridors? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Dallas, the Connect the Dots team found a way to not only make these hiking and biking trails more visible, they discovered a simple solution that would make the trails more useful to Dallas residents on a daily basis.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Making Walkability Fun

How to encourage more people to walk? Start a series of neighborhood walking tours led by kids.

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A neighborhood designed for walking provides important health and environmental benefits to its residents, not to mention a greater sense of community. Yet many Cincinnati residents still turn to their cars to run even the shortest errands. How can cities encourage their neighborhoods to make walkability a priority? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Cincinnati, Scout Camp proposes a concept that they think will get more people walking and thinking about walkability: A series of neighborhood walking tours led by local kids. As the team surveyed pedestrian advocacy groups, they realized that most walkability campaigns were missing a crucial message: Walking is fun.

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