Streetfilms: Chicago’s Sunday Parkways

Streetfilms contributor Nicholas Whitaker files this report from Chicago, which put on a pair of major car-free events last month called Sunday Parkways. Recently Streetfilms has also covered car-free events in New York, Portland and San Francisco, and like the Summer Streets video, this one features a guest turn from Gil Peñalosa, one of the masterminds behind Bogotá’s inspirational Ciclovía.

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StreetFilms: LOOKing to Make Cycling Safer in NYC

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Last week, the LOOK campaign, which aims to prevent collisions between motorists and cyclists by educating the public about bicycle safety, was launched in Union Square. In an unprecedented collaboration, the NYC Bicycle Coalition, the City Departments of Transportation, Health & Police, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, the Triple AAA, and the Office of […]

Streetfilms: Pedestrians Storm Smith Street, Sans Autos

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Every year, on the Sunday closest to Bastille Day, Brooklyn bistro Bar Tabac helps put on one of the city’s finest car-free events, turning two blocks of Smith Street into a neighborhood party. As restaurants take over sidewalks with café seating and shady tents, the center of the street transforms into a sandy arena for […]

Streetfilms: A Look at Bus Rapid Transit in L.A.

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Nick Whitaker files this first in a series of Streetfilms on transportation for Streetsblog Los Angeles. Here, we hear from LA City Council Member Wendy Greuel, Director of LA County Regional Transit Planning Rex Gephardt, and Executive Director of the Transit Coalition, Bart Reed, on how the city’s burgeoning Bus Rapid Transit system can be […]
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Gabe Klein Talks About Getting Sh*t Done in His New Book, “Start-Up City”

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Streets can be tough to change. Between institutional inertia, tight budgets, bureaucratic red tape, and the political risks of upsetting the status quo, even relatively simple improvements for walking, biking, or transit can take years to pull off — if they ever get implemented at all. But a new generation of transportation officials have shown that it doesn’t have […]

Streetfilms: Going Car-Free in Milwaukee

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Summer Streets may be getting most of the attention lately, but New York isn’t the only US city opening its streets to public use. On a recent visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Streetfilms contributor Nick Whitaker captured two car-free events happening at once. First, the Brady Street Festival, which has roots going back to the 1970s, […]