Taking back the streets as habitat for Munich residents

I’m really excited about my meeting tomorrow at Green City e.V., a creative local advocacy group that works closely with the City on sustainability initiatives (mobility, climate change and public space). Back in May – while on vacation, I meet with the mobility team and their Director, who had just return from a visit to Portland.


About Denver Igarta

This blog was established to document my search for streets that my 5-year old can play near without my constant supervision. Where kids can live active lives and learn independence. My quest began when I was selected as an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, for info: gmfus.org/cdp/fellowships. I am a multi-modal transportation planner for the City of Portland (OR), America's sustainable transportation capital. SHORT BIO/PROJECT DESCRIPTION Denver Igarta (October-November 2011), Urban Planner, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation Project: Livable Streets Where People Live: Fostering People-Friendly Streets by De-emphasizing Automobile Traffic in Residential Areas Cities: Munich, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Malmö Denver Igarta is an urban planner with the Transportation Bureau of the City of Portland. He works on a broad range of transportation policy, street design initiatives and pedestrian, bicycle and freight planning efforts. He recently served as one of the principal authors of Portland's new bicycle plan. He is currently staffing two “active transportation” projects: a rails-with-trails project along the Banfield Freeway and a local street system plan for one of the state's most diverse neighborhoods. He performed his graduate studies at the University of Dortmund, Germany and the University of the Philippines and holds a Master of Science in Regional Development Planning. Portland is struggling to reverse generations of auto-oriented development patterns and make neighborhood streets more “livable” (people-friendly) by restoring their multimodal and placemaking functions. Mr. Igarta's research will evaluate how cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden have enacted policies to restore the multiple functions of public streets through traffic management, green infrastructure and giving priority to sustainable travel modes. He will meet with local practitioners, policymakers and civic leaders involved in transportation planning, traffic safety and neighborhood livability projects, street design, and implementation of multi-modal traffic policies. The ultimate aim of the study is to compile a set of best practices and policies implemented in European cities that have broadened the role of residential streets beyond automobile mobility. Additional focus will be given to understanding how acceptable policy tradeoffs are determined within city agencies and the level of public support for measures that restrict car movements, such as reduced speed zones, bicycle streets, shared spaces, residents-only streets and residential parking restrictions.
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3 Responses to Taking back the streets as habitat for Munich residents

  1. Seth says:

    Watching that YouTube clip as an American seems like a dream. We need so much “MO” in our country!

    • This is a really cool concept. It is one of the most promising ideas I’ve seen to unify efforts of transit, bicycle and car-share advocates and offer incentives for residents to leave their private car at home.

  2. Roger Geller says:

    Wow. That’s a high level of integration! It makes me think about the structure of transportation in San Francisco, where (theoretically) all forms of transportation provided by the local jurisdiction are under one roof. That type of structure allows for a unified policy: reduced SOV use, and an agency that can make it happen. Most American cities, Portland included, don’t have that level of coordination or policy focus. How does MO operate? Does it have gov’t support or is it even a quasi-gov’t agency?

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