Here's how to make an intersection safer with a roll of duct tape (video)
Sometimes it doesn't take much to turn a dangerous intersection that is hostile to pedestrians and cyclists into a much safer place that is inviting to community. The image above shows what can be done with a roll of duct tape. It was part of a Better Block project in Dallas where an unused street was turned into a great temporary pedestrian plaza with all kinds of great activities for people of all ages.
Check out the video below by our friend Clarence at StreetFilms:
It's impressive when they explain that the costs for all this are maybe $2,000, including insurance, and that volunteers did everything else. Really small price to pay for such huge community benefits, and I'm sure it's also good for the local economy.
You can learn more about Better Block by following this link.
It's a really cool concept, and Better Blocks are popping all over, as this map shows:
Better Block/Screen capture
Thinking that your city could use a Better Block? Here's a primer on how to make it happen.