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Intervention Objects - physical objects that create space

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has created a toolkit of intervention objects and materials that cities in the Bay Area have been using to create physical and spatial boundaries through points, lines, or planes, creating safer spaces for people using the street, including:

  • Temporary Points: Colorful traffic cones, flexible bollards, painted points, plastic drum bollards, K-71 bollards, social distance painted points
  • Permanent Points: Planter boxes, Armadillo lane separators, metal bollards
  • Temporary Lines: Colorful crowd barriers, a-frame signage barriers, jute tubes, type III barriers, social distance line segments
  • Permanent Lines: Playful seating, playful fencing, complete streets spacial configurations
  • Temporary Planes: Plastic K-Rails/Jersey barriers, barricade covers, haystacks, painted streets, social distance spherical planes
  • Permanent Planes: Painted K-Rails, seating and landscape edges, parklets

“Quick build” is a project delivery method that allows for the rapid deployment of multimodal safety improvements. Cities and counties can implement these improvements using temporary, lighter, cost efficient and readily available materials such as paint, cones, barriers and signage. Unlike long-term capital improvement projects, quick build implementation timelines are shorter and may include demonstration projects (days to months), pilot projects (months-year) and interim design (1-2 years).  Design testing, flexibility and prototyping are built into the quick build process so that the improvements are iterative in nature, adjustable and can accommodate community needs.

Explore more details in the Related Documents section of this page. For more information on quick build materials, please contact: Nicola Szibbo, MTC Program Manager at nszibbo@bayareametro.gov or Toshi Shepard-Ohta, MTC Principal Engineer at tshepard-ohta@bayareametro.gov.