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Tactical Urbanism - The problem with trials

You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m quite a big fan of tactical urbanism and trials. And I am… at least in theory. However, like all things, we need to be trialling the right things in the right places and the trials need to be done well. Otherwise, they can backfire and leave you in a worse position than if you’d done nothing at all.  So, in this week’s blog we’ll be diving into what trials are, why they can a definitely a good thing, why trials go wrong, and what you need to consider if you’re planning to do one. As the vast majority of trials are done by council’s this post focuses mainly on their role but I hope...

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The do’s and don’t’s of Tactical Urbanism

A few weeks ago I wrote the very first In Tandem blog post entitled “What is Tactical Urbanism?” and was blown away by the response. That post mainly focused on it going mainstream in 2020 with councils suddenly embracing tactical urbanism as a way of quickly providing safe space for active travel and social distancing during Covid. However, the origin of tactical urbanism is residents undertaking direct action to make their streets safer and while it’s great that it is being embraced by councils, there’s still work to be done and opportunities for citizens to use tactical urbanism to push for faster change.

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That’s how I roll – inclusive cycling

In this edition we delve into the thinking behind our most popular design: “that’s how I roll”. It features a selection of non-standard cycles: a tricycle, handcycle, recumbent cycle and a cargo bike, the phrase “that’s how I roll” and the hashtag #BeyondTheBicycle.  The idea behind our design is that, for many people, bikes and non-standard cycles give people more transport options and independence so the phrase is quite literal: enabling people undertake journeys by bike that may not otherwise be possible. This may be due to a disability or, in the case of cargo bikes, because they have children, shopping - or even freight! - to carry.

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