Help to build a better street

A transportation expert who worked with New York’s Project for Public Spaces will speak on how Red Deer city streets can be great spaces and places for everyone.

A transportation expert who worked with New York’s Project for Public Spaces will speak on how Red Deer city streets can be great spaces and places for everyone.

Garth Toth, who has 34 years of project management experience within the New Jersey Department of Transportation, will be on hand at a City of Red Deer event on Tuesday.

Toth will speak at 5 p.m. at Safety City at 3030 55th St. Afterwards, people will move outside to build some blocks.

Toth was part of Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.

Red Deer residents are being invited to say whether they want more direct routes, more landscaping on their residential streets, or wider sidewalks downtown.

“Streets are important to everyone in the city,” said divisional strategist Jeremy Bouw. “Our streets need to move vehicles, people, buses, and bikes, and we want to hear what Red Deerians think a complete street can be.”

Bouw said the “building blocks” part of the event is meant to be a fun, interactive activity with no constraints.

Participants will receive a kit of materials of scaled-down cars, bikes and the like. They’ll then create streetscapes with those materials, Bouw said.

“It’s looking at how would you design a street,” he said.

The event is part of the Integrated Movement Study, which is looking at how Red Deerians move in the city today, and how they want to move and live as Red Deer continues to grow.