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Class I Bike Storage
Some locations require Class I standards (commonly referred to as long-term bike parking). Class I parking regulations are implemented when bicycles will be parked for hours at a time. Examples of these environments are office buildings, elementary schools, libraries, etc. When implementing Class I bike racks, installers should also incorporate some form of weather protection for the racks and bikes.
Class II Bike Storage
More commonly seen in public areas are Class II bike racks. These bike racks are needed when cyclists will be leaving their bikes unattended for less than two hours. Weather protection is not as important for this class, however proximity to main attractions and public visibility should be considered to encourage usage and enhance security. Class II bike racks can be implemented near restaurants, parks, picnic areas, or other similar places.
A superblock or super-block is an area of urban land bounded by arterial roads that is the size of multiple typically-sized city blocks. Within the superblock, the local road network, if any, is designed to serve local needs only. From Wikipedia
The superblock concept has been applied retroactively in Barcelona's La Ribera and Gràcia districts, which both have a medieval street network with narrow and irregular streets, since 1993. In these two cases it resulted in an increase of journeys on foot (over 10%) and by bicycle (>15%) and in a higher level of commercial and service activity. From Wikipedia
Modern cities are designed for cars. But the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians.
Skills of a successful planner:
(Source: American Planning Association)
Understands spatial relationships, physical design, and how cities work
Ability to research and analyze information on a wide variety of topics (population, employment, environment, transportation, stormwater, etc.)
Master of techniques for involving a wide range of people in making decisions
Understanding of local, state and federal government programs and processes
Ability to communicate and coordinate with engineers, architects, surveyors, realtors, and a variety of other professional consultants
Understanding of the social and environmental impact of planning decisions on communities
Ability to work with the public and articulate planning issues to a wide variety of audiences
Ability to function as a mediator or facilitator when conflicts occur
Understanding of the legal foundation for land use regulation
Ability to solve problems using a balance of technical competence, creativity and strategic thinking
Ability to envision alternative scenarios, identify and weigh advantages and disadvantages, and to develop and pursue win-win solutions when applicable.
Understanding of geographic information systems and office productivity software.
A planner is a specially trained and experienced individual who possesses a unique combination of knowledge and analytical ability, as well as strong communication and presentation skills.
Planners research and gather data from a large variety of sources, recognize various environmental and regulatory constraints, and formulate and analyze various site design scenarios as part of helping clients make informed decisions regarding land development.
Writing and effective verbal skills are an important part of a planner’s role, as presentations are frequently needed to share information with clients, other professional consultants, business groups, neighborhood groups, staff members, advisory board members, and elected officials. Planners can also be called upon to facilitate meetings and mediate disputes as needed.
Managing people, projects, and processes are all key parts of a planner’s role, along with supplying the disciplined strategic thinking needed to navigate complex processes with multivariable options.
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the professional institute of the American Planning Association (APA).
Membership in AICP is the nationally recognized means of attesting to an individual’s professional competence and ethics in the field of planning.
Membership requirements include a combination of education and professional planning experience and a passing score on the AICP comprehensive examination.
AICP members are required to attend workshops and seminars on a regular basis in order to maintain this certification.