H-GAC Releases Instant Impact Guide: Temporary, Cost-Effective Ideas for More Vibrant Streets
Creating a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly streetscape can make a community more vibrant, attracting new residents, businesses, and investments. The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s new publication, Instant Impact Guide: Temporary, Cost-Effective Ideas for More Vibrant Streets, offers quick, temporary, low-cost projects that can help create active, walkable, and bikeable places.
Instant impact projects can help build momentum for more permanent projects by increasing public awareness and support. These projects are also a good way to test new ideas before designs and policies are finalized.
“This guide helps local governments partner with community volunteers to temporarily transform an underused street into a pleasant, safe, and comfortable environment for pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Cheryl Mergo, H-GAC’s Sustainable Development Program Manager. “Most instant impact projects can be planned in less than 3 months, are affordable, and last about a day.”
The guide includes tips for planning an instant impact project, a toolbox of instant impact elements, and case studies demonstrating successful instant impact projects across the region and beyond.
The Instant Impact Guide is available for download under the “Implementation and Planning Studies” tab.
For more information or to request a printed copy, contact Cheryl Mergo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 713-993-4520.