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Spin Streets

The Spin Streets program is working to make streets safe, livable, and just

The Spin Streets program is working to make streets safe, livable and just, in every city we operate in, for all people walking, biking, scooting and using assistive mobility devices. Our work is driven by a strongly held theory of change, but also by a passion for collaboration: whether you’re a city, a local advocate, a rider, or just a concerned citizen, we want to hear the projects and changes you’d like to see on your street and how we might be able to help.

People, and streets, matter

  • Spin believes that everyone has a right to move safely around their community outside of a car.

  • As a mobility operator, we are privileged to be in a position to play our part in fighting for safe, livable and just streets.

  • We’re focused on ensuring our riders have the best possible experience on our vehicles, and one of the core determinants of the quality of that experience is their safety on the street.

Now is the time for transformation

We know this fight is not new. Advocates have been working for decades to redesign streets for people. But millions of new e-scooter and bike-share users are joining the debate, adding millions of new voices to support the transformation of our cities. Now is the time to harness this energy and momentum and make change that lasts.

What’s next?

Learn about our work, our theory of change, and how to get help to fight for safe, livable, and just streets in your community.

You can also always reach us by e-mail.

 

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Our Projects

We’re working across the country to help communities, advocates, and cities transform their streets into places for people, not vehicles. Want us to come to your community? Let us know.

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Safe Intersections and Mobility Lanes in Salt Lake

We’re working with Salt Lake City and Team Better Block to temporarily transform a stretch of street and busy intersection in the city, as a demonstration project for how quickly and easily streets can be redesigned for people over vehicles.

 
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Spin Spots

After an international design competition to take parklets to the next level, we’ve selected six finalists. In partnership with Better Block Foundation and the Denver Streets Partnership, each parklet team will be fabricating and installing these multimodal, placemaking improvements on the parking space, in Denver, CO, in September 2019.

 
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Mobility Data for the People

We’re launching a new initiative to share critical mobility data with advocates around the country, to help them make a better case to governments and other stakeholders for faster and more comprehensive action on streets.

 

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Our Theory of Change

Understanding where change comes from

We believe that transforming our streets for safety, livability and justice will involve:

  • Changes to mindsets: we all need to think differently about the street — what it’s for, who and what belongs there, how it should look and feel — before physical and institutional change is possible. As long as we believe that the street is more for parking and moving vehicles than it is a place for people, change will come slowly.

  • Changes to narratives: how we all talk about the street helps determine the space of possibility for transformation. When the media frames crashes as “accidents”, and “congestion” is the top concern of editorials, it can be harder to gain support for changes to streets that prioritize people over cars.

  • Changes to rules: we govern the street through rules and organizations. When a speed limit is set too high, or when a state DOT does not consider complete streets issues or environmental justice in its engineering projects, those are institutional norms, rules and structures standing in the way of safety, livability and justice.

  • Changes to the street: changing the physical design and layout of the street is the most direct, most effective way to save lives, deliver opportunity and right historic wrongs.

  • Changes to agencies: public agencies have the primary mandate — and the funding — to improve the design of our streets, but they’re not always able to move as fast or as flexibly as demanded by the crisis of deaths and injuries on our streets.

Taking action to foster change

We’ve designed our Streets program to work within all aspects of this Theory of Change. Right now we’re focusing on:

  • Changing rules: we’re supporting advocates, communities and organizations seeking to reduce speed limits, harden traffic safety laws, and find ways to use standards, regulations and laws to make people safer on the street.

  • Changing the street: we’re investing directly in projects that make physical changes to improve safety, livability and justice on the street, like our slow lane and parklet initiatives.

  • Changing agencies: we’re supporting recognized experts in the field to work with cities to improve the speed, flexibility and focus of their street engineering programs.

 

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Get Help

If you are:
1. a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 focused on micromobility, or making streets safe, livable and just, and
2. are looking for support from Spin on a street safety, livability or justice issue or project,
use the form below to connect with the Spin Streets team. Or just reach out.

Areas we’re particularly well suited to support include:
- Lobbying support to get a city, state, or federal action passed for safe, livable, and just streets.
- Getting an advocacy call-to-action out to Spin users in your city.
- Sponsorship for a specific safe and livable streets project, including tactical urbanism.
- Access to Spin data to support an advocacy case.
- Advocacy, street design, or micromobility advice from the Spin Streets team.

 

SPIN SPOT

a design competition that’s putting a new spin on parking

 
 
Image:  SPUR  / Flickr / licensed under  CC by 2.0

Image: SPUR / Flickr / licensed under CC by 2.0

Image:  SDOT  / Flickr / licensed under  CC by 2.0

Image: SDOT / Flickr / licensed under CC by 2.0

 
 

UPDATE: Please click here to see the selected finalists! Many thanks to all the participants.

 
 

Help us MAKE parking for people, not cars

Have a passion for re-making our streets for people? Help us design the next generation of multimodal parklet, and you could see your ideas on the street in 2019.

In partnership with Better Block Foundation, Spin is launching an open call for designers, urbanists, architects, citizens and anyone who cares about safer and more livable streets, to design and build an on-street prototype that blends the traditional parklet, bike corral, and bus shelter with placemaking. Winning projects will be rolled out on National Parking Day, September 20, 2019. Details below!

Streets should be for people: that means more space dedicated to what people need — places to spend time in and together, to find fulfillment and opportunity — and less for moving and storing private vehicles. The parklet has become a powerful tool for reclaiming the street for people: parking-space-sized installations with benches, greenery, games, workspaces and a whole lot else, that slow traffic, make more space for people, and remind us all that the right of way belongs to everyone.

We’re excited to be a part of the parklet revolution, and want to take things to the next level: we’re working to create more spaces for people in our cities, and help cities manage parking for scooters, bikes, and other light electric and human-powered vehicles. Scooters and bikes are here to stay, providing fun, clean, and safe ways of getting around. But when these vehicles are not in use, we want to do our part to help make sure they’re safely and efficiently parked. We’re inviting budding parklet designers from across the country to join us in bringing a new generation of parklets to American streets, ones that combine multimodal parking and charging with placemaking and all the things that make parklets enjoyable and useful. Read on for more details.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

In the design phase of the competition, we’re inviting anyone from across the country to submit design proposals for parklets that bring placemaking and multimodal mobility together in the right-of-way. Check details below for specific selection criteria.

In the build phase of the competition, five finalist teams will receive financial support from Spin, and mentorship and logistical assistance from the Better Block Foundation, to fabricate and install their designs on-site in Denver, Colorado, during September 2019.

Timeline

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Selection Criteria

All designs must:

  • Fit within an 8 foot width, and fit within 1-2 parking space’s length (a Denver space is around 18-22 feet).

  • Include built-in scooter parking and charging*.

  • Provide shelter and seating.

  • Allow for 25% digital fabrication (3D printed, laser cut, CNC routed, etc.)

  • Stay inside the basic budget of $1,500 (fundraising is allowed, up to $3,000.)

  • Be robust and well-designed, capable of lasting beyond a single day’s installation if needed.

  • Be ADA accessible.

Top designs will:

  • Be exceptional, bold concepts that encourage interactivity and communication and provide inspiration for pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders.

  • Be realistic, for ease of fabrication.

  • Consider positive impact on street safety and the scooter or bike rider’s experience.

  • Address environment through creative applications of greenery, shade, lighting.

  • Be scalable to other cities and geographies.

*Don’t worry about technical specifics, but you may want to consider:

  • how to provide flexible support for a variety of off-grid charging equipment, such as solar panels and batteries

  • how to provide protected routes for cabling

  • providing convenient access to charging ports on scooters and bikes.

Budget

5 selected finalists will be invited to build their design with the mentorship of Better Block Foundation. Finalists will receive $1,500 to put towards fabrication, travel budget up to $1,500, CNC mill training and cut time to build their Spin Spot. Entrants based outside of the United States are eligible, but if selected, will receive the same travel budget as domestic entrants.

During the Parking Day Event, finalists will have the chance to win the Jury’s $2,500 first prize, or a people’s choice award. The event will be documented through photography and video. Teams are allowed to fundraise up to $3,000. Please note that no budget is provided during the design phase of the competition.

HOW TO APPLY

The competition closed July 19th, finalists were announced July 26th.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact krista@betterblock.org.

A recording of June 27’s webinar is available here.

This competition is a collaboration between The Better Block Foundation and Spin. The Better Block Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.