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Posts Tagged ‘Streetfilms’

Streetfilms — Black Girls Do Bike: New York City

Monday, August 1st, 2016
Streetfilms — Black Girls Do Bike: New York City

Got to join a nice bike ride today for about an hour as Black Girls Do Bike, did a ride from Bedford Stuyvesant to Red Hook.

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Philadelphia’s The Porch Swings!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Philadelphia’s The Porch Swings!

As anyone who knows me, I am a huge fan of really relaxing spaces to sit. Public space not only should be inviting, pretty, clean and artistic, but increasingly a place to spend time and sit. And not just sit – but relax, meditate and maybe unexpectedly doze off if you want.

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Streetfilms: NYC Cyclists Celebrate New Amsterdam Avenue Bike Lane

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Streetfilms: NYC Cyclists Celebrate New Amsterdam Avenue Bike Lane

The realization of a protected bike lane on NYC’s Amsterdam Avenue was an epic struggle years in the making. And the good guys finally won! The reason? In NYC, Community Boards have an advisory role in transportation changes to the street and NYC DOT is required to go thru them. Although “advisory”, the boards essentially have long had veto power over safety improvements, and if you have members on the body who aren’t educated in transportation matters or favor parking spaces and traffic speeds, it can easily mean the defeat of Vision Zero efforts for things like protected bike lanes. Compounding the effect is that board members are appointed for life!

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Streetfilms: Why are New Yorkers bicycling to work in record numbers?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Why are New Yorkers bicycling to work in record numbers?

We thought with the newest NYC DOT data showing bicycling at an all-time high, it would be great time to ask bicyclists why they are riding their bikes more. Interestingly, the answers seemed to be grouped in three different categories: it is safer, it is healthy and MTA is falling apart.

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Streetfilms: The Pulaski Bridge Protected Bike Path Is (Finally) Open!

Friday, May 6th, 2016
Streetfilms: The Pulaski Bridge Protected Bike Path Is (Finally) Open!

The Pulaski Bridge had become dangerously congested over the last few years as more and more bikes, pedestrians and runners have crammed on to its narrow shared path. The solution? Remove one lane of the roadway and give the space to a bi-directional cycle track giving the older combo lane to the exclusive use of pedestrians.

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Streetfilms: Five Fabulous Questions for Streetfight’s Janette Sadik-Khan

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Streetfilms: Five Fabulous Questions for Streetfight’s Janette Sadik-Khan

Just as former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan launched her multi-city book tour for “Streetfight” (along with co-author Seth Solomonow) we were able to grab her for a few minutes in the pedestrian paradise of Washington Square Park to ask her what we thought were five eclectic questions.

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Streetfilms: Discovering Houston’s Brays Bayou Greenway

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Streetfilms: Discovering Houston’s Brays Bayou Greenway

Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms explores the cycling network of Houston, TX, and discovers a true gem: the Brays Bayou Greenway.

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Streetfilms: Austin Goes Bike Gold – LAB Makes Austin first Gold City in Texas

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Streetfilms: Austin Goes Bike Gold – LAB Makes Austin first Gold City in Texas

A few months ago, I was in Austin, Texas for the NACTO 2015 Summit. Although I was quite busy and we got hit with a major rainstorm of epic proportions, I was able to shoot enough video to put together a limited look at what is going on in the city. Even more fortunate, soon after the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) named Austin their 22nd Gold status bike city near the end of 2015, making Austin the first city in Texas to claim the honor.

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Streetfilms: NACTO “Designing Cities” 2015

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Streetfilms: NACTO “Designing Cities” 2015

In October, NACTO held their 4th annual “Designing Cities” conference with a record 650+ attendees from all over the world. This year’s event was in Austin, Texas which showcased many of the recent transportation improvements the city has done, including the new 3rd Street protected cycle track…As usual the event focussed on what people can learn from best practices in cities all over the United States & the world featuring plenary speakers such as Janette Sadik-Khan and Philadelphia Mayor Micheal Nutter as well as panels, city tours and the NACTO Camp which is an unconference which allows attendees to propose their own topics for discussion.

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Streetfilms: Washington, D.C.’s Protected Bike Lane Treatments on 1st Street

Monday, October 12th, 2015
Washington D.C.’s Protected Bike Lane Treatments on 1st Street

Earlier this year, 1st Street in Washington D.C. was transformed into a protected bike lane with a myriad of separation techniques that all seem to work very well and feel incredibly safe. About half the lane is done with concrete median prortection while other sections are done with green paint, plastic bollards and armadillos which seem to prevent traffic from encroaching on the lane. What is truly impressive is the now much more the narrow streets deliberatly funnel traffic more slowly and lead to a street that feels welcome in a Vision Zero world.

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