Transforming public places
Chattanooga's Transportation Department is accepting applications applications to transform public rights-of-way such as sidewalks, on-street parking spaces, travel lanes, and full street widths into active, inviting streets. Pedestrian-centered projects expand public spaces, calm traffic, and increase safety for people who walk, bike, and take transit. They also encourage walking and bicycling, build a sense of community, and increase foot traffic for local businesses. Organizations and business owners can use this form for a Transportation Department review of enhancement projects in the City right-of-way. Applicants will need to identify an appropriate site, show neighborhood support for the project, raise funds required for materials and installation, and provide long-term management, maintenance, and operations of the project. Transportation Department staff will work with the applicant to create a plan that can be presented to City Council for final approval.
Possible projects to bring your community to life:
Bicycle Corrals - repurposing an on-street parking space with bicycle racks—enough space for 10 bicycles to lock up in place of one car.
Parklets - small spaces that expand the sidewalk into parking spaces or travel lanes to provide amenities and green space.
Pedestrian Plaza - creates accessible pedestrian zone in a commercial area by closing a street to most automobile traffic. Emergency vehicles have access at all times and delivery vehicles are restricted.
Resources to empower citizens in reclaiming their public space:
NACTO Urban Street Design Guide: http://nacto.org/usdg/
Reclaiming Public Space: http://issuu.com/civicdesigncenter/docs/ncdc_reclaimingpublicspace/1
Other transportation related resources:
Chattanooga Transportation Department
Development Resource Center
1250 Market Street, Suite 3030 (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Office Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (423) 643-5950
Request new or report problems with existing traffic control devices by calling 311 (or (423) 425-6311 ) to access the City of Chattanooga's one-stop call center.