Tactical Urbanism is an approach to changing spaces such as streetscapes, through temporary interventions.


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Courtney Groundwater

Associate Transportation Engineer

Jeanette Ward

Technical Director, Transportation Engineering

Intervention treatments used in Tactical Urbanism, such as changes to street furniture, planter boxes and street art, can be implemented for as little as one day and up to one or two years. These temporary interventions are exciting and different, and can deliver change to an area quickly and at low cost.

Tactical Urbanism projects provide a good opportunity to test improvements, gather feedback from the wider community, and make adjustments before making a permanent decision. They are usually much lower cost than permanent streetscape changes and quick to install, resulting in less disruption and cost than traditional transport projects.

Varying intervention scales and local contexts require different sets of skills to deliver these type of projects. From a transport perspective the following components need to be considered:

  • Transport engineering input to co-design schemes that allow adequate space allocation for the movement of people, consideration of the mobility impaired, emergency vehicle access, turning paths, data collection.
  • Road safety reviews of proposed designs. This covers modified road layouts, priorities, speeds, but also the materials and any additional hazard that comes with using non-conventional street furniture.
  • Monitoring change created by an intervention.

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Tactical Urbanism Tip #1 - Kitsets

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Tactical Urbanism Tip #2: Integrate a Transport Engineer at an early stage


Tactical Urbanism Tip #3: Road Safety


Tactical Urbanism Tip #4: Monitoring


Tactical Urbanism Tip #5: Crowd Sourcing Feedback


Tactical Urbanism Tip #6: Roadway Art

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