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Santa Clara County-San Jose Street Design Workshop

Santa Clara County-San Jose Street Design Workshop

San José and cities across Santa Clara County face a challenge familiar to many U.S. cities: becoming more equitable, sustainable and safer places to live, work, and play, while connecting a growing population to jobs, neighborhoods, and businesses. Prioritizing spatially efficient modes – transit, biking, and walking – is critical for these cities. Yet the street network inherited from earlier waves of growth was designed to serve the automobile, with only secondary consideration for other modes. Now, under new state and national design standards, municipalities have an opportunity to design more livable and more efficient streets to meet their community goals. Streets in every city and town in Santa Clara County, and every neighborhood of San José, can become sustainable places for people – if the streets change along with their cities.

Through the leadership of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, City of San José, and
Caltrans, NACTO will convene leaders and designers from across Santa Clara County in a
dynamic two-day workshop to set a vision for sustainable streets, drawing on the NACTO Urban
Street Design and Urban Bikeway Design Guides. By examining local and national success stories – from overarching vision to program management to design details – the workshops provide an
opportunity to accelerate the rollout of sustainable streets in Santa Clara’s cities and towns.

On the morning of Thursday March 12th, elected officials, policymakers, and city directors will
gather to discuss their visions in Changing Streets, Changing Cities. A bike tour of focus projects, led by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, will bring together city officials, civic leaders, and designers to visit opportunity sites near San José City Hall. In the afternoon, a mobile workshop facilitated by NACTO and City of San José will examine public space opportunity sites near Plaza de Cesar Chavez, then return to a workshop to redesign these streets as places for people.

On Thursday evening, civic leaders, public officials, designers, planners, and advocates from around the region will meet at SPUR San José to talk about how San José and cities across Santa Clara County – along with cities around the country and around the world – are transforming their streets into Streets for Everyone.

On Friday March 13th, city planners, transportation engineers, and public works staff will gather for a technical training workshop on Designing Better Streets and Bikeways. The session will focus on how to design safe, multi-modal streets and public spaces, using the NACTO Guides as templates. The first half of the session will review the content of the Guide, looking at specific street typologies, design controls and metrics, and interim design strategies. During the second half of the day, participants will examine the Keyes-Story corridor in San José, focusing on multimodal safety, transit, and creating a quality public space through a site visit and design exercise.

Schedule of Events

Thursday March 12

Changing Streets, Changing Cities

9:00–9:30 am
NACTO Introduction

9:30–10:00 am
Setting a Vision for Sustainable Street Design
›› Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San José
›› Nuria Fernandez, General Manager, VTA

10:00–11:15 am
Panel & Discussion: Implementing the Vision
›› Hans Larsen, City of San José
›› Karl Bjarke, City of Morgan Hill
›› Matthew Roe, NACTO
›› Jeff Tumlin, Nelson\Nygaard
›› Moderator: Corinne Kisner, NACTO

11:15–11:45 am
Keynote Address
›› Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

11:45 am–1:00 pm
Project Bike Tour
Visit innovative bike facilities in and around downtown San José, such as the South 4th Street Protected Bike Lane, as well as challenge sites such as the Keyes-Story Corridor, the focus of Friday afternoon’s charrette. Bike tour concludes at City Hall. Led by Silicon Valley Bicycle
Coalition and City of San José.

2:00–4:45 pm
Mobile workshop
Explore how to transform two downtown sites into people-oriented places. Participants will walk to the sites, then return to create and share conceptual designs. Led by NACTO and City of San José. Departs from City Hall.

Friday March 13

Designing Better Streets and Bikeways: Applying the NACTO Design Guides

9:00–11:00 am
The NACTO Urban Street and Bikeway Design Guides
The morning session will introduce the principles and content of the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide. This includes an overview of select chapters and themes covered in the Guide, supported by real-world case studies.
›› Hans Larsen, City of San José
›› John Ristow, VTA
›› Matthew Roe, NACTO
›› Jeff Tumlin, Nelson\Nygaard
›› Zabe Bent, Nelson\Nygaard
›› Corinne Kisner, NACTO

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Making Change on Local Streets
›› Telegraph Avenue: Redesigning Large Urban Streets with Jamie Parks, City of Oakland
›› Panel Q & A, Moderated by Corinne Kisner

12:00–12:30 pm

12:30–1:00 pm
Bikeway Technical Overview

1:00–4:30 pm
Site Design Charrette
Participants will apply design concepts and critical thinking to a site near the training venue. This site, which presents multimodal opportunities and challenges, will be introduced by City of San José. Attendees will break into groups and will each be assigned a mode (pedestrian, bicycle, transit, motor vehicle, placemaking) to apply the Guides and their experience and knowledge to the site.