8 Important Factors for the Design of Successful Public Squares

There are many different factors that go into designing a successful public square. Having worked on some of the most fruitful public squares in the US, we are excited to share what we have learned over the years. Public squares have long served as the hearts of cities and towns, a gathering place where people come together and enjoy the …

Bike Lane Design Standards: From Width to Signage, Here’s What You Need to Know

There are bike lane design standards put into place to help facilitate safer streets and to promote more people to bike around town. According to the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilitates, a bike lane is technically defined as “a portion of a roadway which has been designated by striping, signing, and pavement markings for the preferential or …

Protected Bike Lanes Are More Valuable Than Parking Spaces, Here’s Why

Parking spaces are gold, especially in big cities where parking is scarce. That’s why it comes as a shock to many that protected bike lanes are becoming more valuable than parking spaces. This realization came about in 2007, when New York City developed America’s first parking-protected bike lane. The decision was made under the guidance of Janette Sadik-Khan who was …

Innovative Ideas to Improve Landscape Lighting

You can improve landscape lighting by using a variety of lighting techniques with a mix of lighting fixtures. You might be surprised just how much lighting can impact the look and feel of your commercial or residential property. The following tips are sure to set you up for success. 4 Tips to Improve Landscape Lighting #1. Use a variety of …

6 Tips to Make Parking Lots Safer

By making parking lots safer, you create a better environment for patrons and businesses. About 1 in 4 pedestrian-related accidents occur in parking lots. Without the right precautions in place, parking lots can be dangerous and can even elicit criminal activity.  Plus, they can make people feel unsafe which may cause them to avoid the parking lot altogether. A recent …

How Long Do Light Posts Last For + How to Make Them Last Longer

Commercial lampposts made from metal or concrete will not last as long as our unique Classic PolySteel® lampposts. The same factors that cause metal or concrete posts to break down do not affect PolySteel®. Reasons Steel Lampposts Break Down Steel lampposts are coated in a thin layer of powder coat or baked enamel, this is intended to serve as a …

How Much Do Protected Bike Lanes Help to Prevent Accidents?

Many cities across the US have reported the same findings: protected bike lanes help reduce crashes and protect cyclists, while also improving feelings of safety and wellbeing. In addition, they reduce motor vehicle speeds and increase the number of cyclists who bike on roadways. In fact, protected bike lanes have been found to reduce the risk of injury by an …

Urban Planning vs Urban Design – Breaking Down the Differences

Urban design and urban planning are related but different in fundamental ways.  Urban planning is the act of planning the structures of a city, including its policies, infrastructure, neighborhoods, building codes, and regulations. Urban planning, by definition, is the “planning of city strategies, structures and policies.” The focus is more technical and political, and is on the strategy, structure, and …

Tips to Make Cities More Energy Efficient

Developing more energy efficient cities remains a top priority in the US, as well as around the world. There are many ways cities can promote greener and more energy efficient practices, such as developing energy-efficient targets, tracking and reporting progress, and offering grants, rebates and other financial incentives. In addition, they can host competitions with awards, offer technical training on …

NYC is Creating Safer Intersections for Cyclists, Here’s How

According to ny.curbed.com, nearly 90% of bike collisions occur at intersections. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is on a mission to change that with unique designs and revised guidelines for developing intersections. One of the most important places to institute these changes is in New York City, where there are over 1,000 miles of bike lanes that traverse through the …