Are you familiar with the term 'tactical urbanism'? It refers to low-cost, usually temporary, changes to a city's built environment. It's also known as DIY urbanism or city repair. It usually involves a citizen (or citizens) becoming frustrated with the current city design and creating some sort of temporary fix or adjustment. The photo on the left is an example of tactical urbanism in response to 'beg buttons' (buttons that pedestrians must push in order to for the walk signal to appear). Another common example is folks placing small, moveable 'dividers' along painted bike lanes. Of course, many of these dividers are quickly crushed, perhaps reiterating the point that painted bike lanes do not provide sufficient protection.
As I mentioned, tactical urbanism is often seen as a result of people becoming frustrated with the current infrastructure. However, it is only one tool in the toolkit. I also believe that it's important to voice your concerns to any and all elected officials that have a say in city planning. On that note, I would encourage anyone who would like the City of Kitchener to run a more fulsome snow clearing pilot this winter, to reach out to your ward councillor today as the issue goes to council tonight. You can also join me and others in attending tonight's council meeting (7pm, City Hall Council Chambers) to share your thoughts on the pilot project. Register to speak as a delegate here. You can have a say in growing our city well! #365ofgoodWR