Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts

This just in from Portsmouth’s planning department:

The Planning Department is undertaking annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts in the coming weeks and we are in need of volunteers! As someone who has volunteered in the past we are reaching out to see if you are able to help us again this year. The counts will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018 and Tuesday  June 19, 2018. Please see the following link for specific timeslots on each of these days to sign up:  The data that is gathered from these annual counts is vital to our bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure planning for the City and we appreciate any time you can give! Please contact Nick Fawcett (, 603-610-7309) here in the Planning Dept. with any questions. Location assignments and instructions will be sent out after sign-ups are received.


Phil Goff’s Presentation Now Available

Phil Goff is the New England planning and design leader for Alta Planning + Design’s Cambridge office. Alta is a Portland, OR-based consulting firm that specializes in active transportation facilities and programs. Goff has 20 years of experience in urban design, transportation planning and bicycle advocacy. A native of Keene, he has worked on various projects throughout the state and sits on the Board of the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH.

On May 23 at Portsmouth High School, Goff gave a presentation on innovations in bicycle facilities and design with recommendations for Portsmouth. Massachusetts cities such as Cambridge and Somerville have made great strides over that past 15 years in designing their compact and crowded streets to accommodate more bicycles. They have vastly increased the number of cycling commuters while reducing motor traffic and maintaining safety for all. There are a lot of creative ideas Portsmouth can borrow that are illustrated in Goff’s presentation.

Portsmouth to Paris Slides Available

PS21 received multiple requests for copies of the PowerPoint slides Dr. Edward Cameron presented on April 18 at 3S Artspace. We are pleased to report that Dr. Cameron generously made the slides available to the public. The slides may be downloaded here in three parts (owing to website limitations) Part1Part2, and Part3.

Dr. Cameron presented twice on April 18. In the afternoon, he addressed an attentive audience of 200+ students at Portsmouth High School. His remarks were effective in that he understood his audience, and he offered advice as to the numerous opportunities for careers that would permit young people to have a meaningful impact.

In the evening, Dr. Cameron addressed an equally attentive audience that was somewhat older than the first. A video of the 3S event will be posted here in approximately one week.

Paris to Portsmouth

PS21 is excited and pleased to host one of the architects of the 2015 Paris Agreement, the historic accord on climate change that currently enjoys the support of nearly every nation in world. Dr. Edward Cameron will be joining us on Wednesday April 18 at 7:00 PM at 3S Artspace at 319 Vaughan Street.

Dr. Cameron will provide us with an overview of the Paris Agreement. This will include detail on the architecture of the Agreement, as any successful attempt to align municipal strategy with the Agreement should borrow from the architecture.

He will then proceed with an assessment of the climate policy of our federal government, followed by an overview of how other non-state actors in the United States are building a low-carbon climate-resilient economy with a particular emphasis on the private sector, as he views this as an exercise in economic development for the region.

Finally, he will give us a sense of what would be needed to build a climate strategy on the local level, along with some guidance as to what individuals can do to be agents of climate action.

Following the presentation, we will reserve ample time for questions and discussion. The event is free and all are welcome. Please register online to help ensure sufficient seating.

Upcoming Events

Paris to Portsmouth – Part II
In October, PS21 will assemble a panel of municipal officials from other New England cities to discuss their efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Toderian Video Now Available

Brent Toderian’s presentation on Density Done Well on March 5 at 3S Arts Center was well attended. Mr. Toderian gave us plenty to think about.

In case you missed the presentation, PS21 has made a video of the event available here.

We were not entirely surprised when several of the concepts presented by Mr. Toderian on March 5 resurfaced five days later at the city’s public input session on plans for the reuse of the McIntyre federal building.

On March 6, PS21 brought Mr. Toderian to Concord to address an audience of land use professionals from throughout New Hampshire. It was a full house at Concord’s Red River Theatre. The video of that event is available below.

Density Done Well

Brent Toderian will be presenting on his signature topic, Density Done Well, at 3S Arts Center in Portsmouth on Monday March 5 at 7 PM. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. The event is free, and all are welcome. Please register in order to ensure sufficient seating.

On the following day, Mr. Toderian will present at the Red River Theatres in Concord at 10 AM. Doors will open at 9:30. This session will be geared toward land use practitioners throughout New Hampshire, although the general public is certainly welcome. We recommend that attendees register in advance for the Concord session.

Mr. Toderian is a passionate practitioner and advocate for creative, vibrant city-building. He is an internationally respected thought-leader with over 25 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design. He has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, in Aukland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Medellin, New York, Oslo, Rotterdam, and Sydney. He was formerly the Planning Director for the City of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mr. Toderian is the founding president of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU), and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Planetizen, CityLab and SPACING. Learn more about him at his web site.

The events’ lead sponsor is the NH Housing Finance Authority. Additional sponsors include the Piscataqua Savings Bank, Olde Port Properties, and the NH Planners Association. Event Partners are Plan NH, 3S Artspace, Seacoast Media Group,, GDI Design, and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Brent Toderian on Density Done Well

Urban planner Brent Toderian will present at 3S Arts Center on Monday March 5 on his signature topic, Density Done Well. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. The presentation will commence at 7 PM.

Brent is a nationally and internationally respected practitioner and thought-leader with over 25 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design. In recent years he has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Gold Coast, Groningen, Helsinki, Medellin, New York, Oslo, Perth, Rotterdam, and Sydney.

A passionate practitioner and advocate for creative, vibrant city-building, Brent is the founding President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU), and a regular writer with the Huffington Post, Planetizen, CityLab and SPACING. He is a highly sought-after international speaker, teacher and thought-leader on cities and issues of advanced urbanism.

Please note that PS21’s original plan to provide a live video feed from Vancouver to 3S Arts Center on January 25 has been cancelled, as we have persuaded Mr. Toderian to appear in person on March 5.

Matthijs Bouw Talk Draws Full House

The Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Library was at capacity on December 6 for a presentation by Dutch architect and urbanist Matthijs Bouw that illustrated his design for flood protection infrastructure in Manhattan, the philosophy behind that design, and the lessons that are applicable to Portsmouth.

Bouw’s firm is the publisher of Engagement by Design, a booklet that emphasizes the importance of engaging all stakeholders in the design process. See also this lively 4-minute video on proposed flood protection measures for lower Manhattan.