How to Build Safer Streets Quickly and Affordably

Quick-Build Guide

The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) and Alta Planning + Design are excited to share this Quick-Build Guide for quickly and inexpensively creating safe spaces on our streets for people to travel by bike, on foot, on a scooter, by skateboard, or by any other low-impact, low-cost mode of transportation.

by Alta Planning + Design, California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike)

The quick-build method meets the urgency of the moment and the challenge of reduced public budgets. It provides an opportunity to engage residents more inclusively and effectively than is possible with traditional methods. Quick-build safety infrastructure can help to repair neighborhoods impacted by decades of disinvestment.

Quick-build is the tool we need today to advance our vision of safe, equitable streets.

This guide can be used by elected officials, city planners and engineers, and community advocates. It will show you how quick-build condenses the timeline, cuts down planning and engineering costs, and uses inexpensive materials to create safe active transportation infrastructure within months, instead of years.

You shouldn’t have to wait decades before your community is a safe place for a child to ride to the park.

These pages will walk you through how to implement quick-build networks, addressing everything you need to know, from engineering tips to political considerations. We hope you’ll read it and share it widely, so that everyone will have the tools they need to move us toward a healthier, safer, and more sustainable future.

Attached document published January 2020

About the Authors


Alta is more than a planning and design firm – our 200 expert planners, engineers, designers and encouragement specialists are on hand for each and every aspect of the work needed to help you create your active community.


CalBike advocates for equitable, inclusive, and prosperous communities where bicycling helps to enable all Californians to lead healthy and joyful lives.

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