A broad and thoughtful approach
We approach community, place and mobility from a broad perspective that allows us to provide thoughtful and responsive solutions that directly respond to the circumstances and assets of the communities where we are engaged.
Urban places, mobility networks and issues are, like all human endeavors, multi-dimensional. We provide effective solutions because our firm's approach is based on a broad and multidisciplinary perspective for improvement.
We see transportation, urban design, land use and social frameworks as intertwined components of people's experience of a place or community. We work collaboratively with community members, public officials and representatives to create mutually beneficial action plans that provide step-by-step guidance for implementation.
We meld civil engineering and public health, philosophy and planning, architecture and geography, urban design and education, and art and journalism to support the creation of humane, interesting, healthful, thriving and sustainable environments.
Some of the guiding principles we follow in our approach to mobility and place include:
Safety and comfort
A safe, comfortable, attractive and convenient environment for walking, bicycling, and enjoying invites residents, workers and visitors to walk or use a bicycle to take care of many of their daily needs. Public realm, and street and intersection improvements lead to safer, and more convenient and inviting environments for people.
A Complete Streets approach
"Complete Streets" is a design philosophy that considers the needs of all present and potential transportation network users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. A Complete Streets approach helps ensure that streets are designed and operated to provide safe space and access for all users, and that they meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities, including older people, children, and people with disabilities.
A walkable landscape / a Placemaking approach
Once they arrive at their destination, all travelers, be they motorists, transit riders or cyclists, become pedestrians. A human-scaled landscape rich with public realm amenities, including public art (and artful design), with comfortable and inviting places and spaces, invites people to walk and enjoy a community's neighborhoods, cultural amenities and business districts and improves business activity and vitality.
Connecting to a wider network
Growing networks of local and regional bicycle routes and trails, as well as established and improving transit networks, exist within or in close proximity to our urban areas. Connecting to surrounding pedestrian, bicycle and bus and LRT networks will increase convenience and attractiveness of walking, bicycling and transit as primary modes of transport.
Expanding choice and access for all users
Building a transportation network that increases choices by making non-motorized transportation more convenient and viable helps make our communities more sustainable and expands mobility choices for young people, seniors and others who may be unable to drive or lack access to automobile transportation.
Walking and bicycling are a foundation for Community Health
Walking and bicycling can serve the mobility needs of people over a wide range of ages and abilities. A comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle system that is widely accessible and easy to use will work to improve community health by providing opportunity for residents and visitors to increase their daily levels of physical activity. Reduced activity levels have been linked with the rise of chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Citizens provide guidance and vision
We believe that real community improvement follows and responds to citizen-led efforts, ideas and vision. We craft responsive and inclusive public participation strategies that provide opportunity for real engagement. We actively seek out and create innovative and user-friendly opportunities to substantively engage community members, including residents, workers, visitors and institutions, in the creation of the plans that affect the places where they live, work and play.