The 2008 Streetsie Awards, Part 5


Best Spontaneous Livable Streets Moment: Joyous New Yorkers take to the streets to celebrate Barack Obama’s victory.


Movement of the Year: This year we saw cities across the U.S competing to run the first, biggest and best Bogota-style Ciclovia events. San Francisco debuted Sunday Streets (after local activists sat Mayor Gavin Newsom down in front of Streetfilms’ Ciclovia video and sold him on the idea), Portland and Chicago both called it Sunday Parkways, in south Florida it was Bike Miami and, of course, New York City experienced the phenomenal Summer Streets.

Best International Transportation Concept: The huge success of Paris’s Velib has made it so that if you are a big city mayor and you want to be considered "green" you’ve got to have a public bike-sharing program in the works.


National Policy Idiots of the Year: Texas Gov. Rick Perry opens the rebuilt Katy Freeway proclaiming 18 lanes of "freedom" while Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin whip Republican crowds into a "Drill, baby, drill!" frenzy.

The Year’s Most Promising National Trend: Increasing demand for transit.

Maybe There is Hope After All Award: Obama dismisses Clinton and McCain’s gas tax holiday "gimmick"
one week before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries and with gas
prices hovering somewhere around $4 — and people still vote for him.

Welcome to the Future Award: Atlanta motorists used Twitter to locate service stations that haven’t run out of gasoline.

Most Inexplicably Popular Streetfilm: "Hal (and Kerri) Grade Your Bike Locking." It’s a smash hit with 24,000 views since being posted at the end of April…

Simplest, Cheapest, Best Bike Infrastructure Idea: Portland’s bike corral.

Best Use of Bicycles in Television Advertising: Regions Bank, Kaiser Permanente and

Best Livable Streets Rap Video: "Bikes on Board" by Louisville, Kentucky bus mechanic and m.c. Mr. Theo and his back-up singers, the TARCettes. 

Best Public Service Video: Transport for London’s "Awareness Test."

America’s Baddest Livable Streets Activists: Los Angeles’s Crimanimalz.
It turns out the 405 and Interstate 10 are somewhat practical bike
routes during rush hour. When is someone going to try the BQE with a
camera on their helmet?

Coolest New Web App: New York City cyclists get their own online route mapping service with Ride the City.

Professional Athlete of the Year: Baltimore Orioles pitcher and regular bike commuter Jeremy Guthrie.

Most disturbing photo: Paul "The Fixie Flasher" White bikes over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Book of the Year: Tom Vanderbilt’s "Traffic."


Best out-of-town Streetfilm: A Harvard student named George Zisiadis is doing some great work for Livable Streets Boston. Here’s one:

Sexiest Streetfilm: Vancouver, British Columbia’s "B:C:Clettes vs. Sexy Back." Watch out!

Junket of the Year: Streetfilms goes to Melbourne, Australia. Clarence loves his job.

Lifetime Achievement: Hans Monderman, engineer of livable streets, 1947-2008.



Wiki Wednesday: Ciclovía

With New York’s big Summer Streets premier less than 72 hours away, this week we’re highlighting the StreetsWiki entry on the mother of all car-free events, Bogotá’s Ciclovía. Actually, the phrase "car-free event" doesn’t quite do justice to a weekly gathering of a million people along 70 miles of streets. And as the authors note, […]

Beyond Fitness: The Social Benefits of Open Streets Events

It’s a beautiful thing to witness just how much neighborhood streets can change when you remove car traffic. As open streets events, modeled after Bogotá’s Ciclovía, have spread across the U.S. in the past several years, they’ve brought not just opportunities for physical activity, but a joyful new way to use streets as public spaces. In Milwaukee, this year’s Ciclovía overlapped […]

Coming Soon: A Major Car-Free Event in NYC

Cyclists enjoy Bogotá’s weekly Ciclovía. Which New York streets will host a similar event this summer? Speaking at Tuesday’s Fit-City Conference, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that a Ciclovía-style car-free street event is in the works for this summer. New York is not alone. According to a story published earlier this week on RedOrbit, several […]

Inspired by Streetfilms, Ciclovia Comes to Roanoke, VA

Here’s a neat livable streets success story from Virginia. A short time back a woman named Andrea Garland dropped by the TOPP office in Manhattan. A transportation engineer and native of Colombia, Andrea now lives in Roanoke, where she is active in several cyclist and pedestrian groups. One of those groups, BikeWalk Virginia, is bringing […]

The 2009 Streetsie Awards, Part 3

This post wraps up the Aughts for Streetsblog. For more year-in-review flavor, Clarence has a real treat over at Streetfilms. Have a great New Year everyone. Best Legislator: Brooklyn’s David Yassky capped off a very pro-livable streets tenure in City Council by carrying the banner for the Bicycle Access Bill. After a legislative win that […]