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Streetfilms University: How We Make Effective Films

For the last few years, we have been giving the fun and informative Streetfilms University talk at colleges and conferences. From Harvard to Long Beach, audiences have been excited about learning how we make the transportation films we do, from behind-the-scenes tips to how to avoid the mistakes we have made. Now for the first […]

Ad Nauseum: Ditch your Bike, Buy a Hyundai and Get the Girl!

A couple of times per year there are usually some ridiculous NYC ads that tout car ownership over the "troubles" of riding transit, being a pedestrian or bike commuting. Most of them are laughably bad and involve much aggrandizement, but the newest one from LIC Hyundai goes straight for the sex appeal: if you're a […]

Commissioners’ Panel – Raising the Bar: Building political capital to implement key design initiatives

This panel took place at NACTO's Designing Cities Conference, on October 26, 2012, in New York, NY, and was sponsored by IBM.

‘Tis the Season for Driving An Acura Like a Maniac

If you've been watching holiday tube you've probably seen this trio of horrid ads for Acura which show celebrities speeding, driving distracted and generally behaving like complete maniacs after scooping up unsuspecting shoppers and freaking them out while "counseling" them during a 30 second joyride. The name of the campaign is the "Season for Reason" […]

How Complete Streets Came to East Harlem

This is the story about how East Harlem residents and street safety advocates -- with leadership from Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito -- banded together to win complete streets on First and Second Avenues. After the city backtracked on a plan to build protected bike lanes and pedestrian refuges up to 125th Street on the East Side […]

First-Ever Sunday Streets Event Transforms Downtown Berkeley

Some 40,000 people flooded downtown Berkeley on a brilliantly sunny day in October, as the city became the latest in the San Francisco Bay Area to host a "Sunday Streets" open streets-style event.  Organizers closed 17 blocks of Berkeley's Shattuck Avenue to cars––and opened them to pretty much everything else. Cyclists pedaled, hula hoops turned, […]

NYC is Back in Business: Post Sandy, Queens Mode Montage

NYC has suffered greatly post superstorm Sandy. While we still have a long ways to go, people are starting to go back to work and venture out of their homes. Thursday marked the first day of modest subway restoration. It also saw the return of limited ferries. As well as a full MTA bus schedule […]

Driveway or front yard, which is more valuable to you?

As many of you know, I continue to struggle with some bad back and hip pain suffered from a car crash I was in last year.  I'm still not able to run or hike, but I've been able to do more and more walking.  As a result I've been exploring many neighborhoods and making interesting […]

Perfect Match: Metro Vancouver Melds Bikes and Transit

Last month Streetfilms took a look at how Vancouver is making big strides toward becoming a safe bicycling city. As we learned while in town for the Velo-City 2012 conference, the city government is not alone -- it has a great partner in the regional transportation agency, TransLink, which provides transit service for 22 regional municipalities, plus funding for a network of major roads and cycling infrastructure and programs. TransLink views cycling as a complement to the agency's trains, buses, and ferries. In this follow-up, Streetfilms got to speak to TransLink officials about their vision for a transit system that works in tandem with active transportation, and to see some of the ways they're using bike infrastructure to bolster transit ridership.

Street of Dreams Silent Auction Sneak Peek!

Click  here  to buy tickets to Street of Dreams on Friday, October 26, 2012 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. at WNYC's The Greene Space.  Enjoy local food and drink, a silent auction full of bike-tastic prizes, and great conversation. When you buy your tickets, you're supporting media that makes our streets safer, greener, and more livable. Guest […]

October 26: Support Streetsblog and Streetfilms at Our Annual Benefit

Mark your calendars everybody: Three weeks from today Streetsblog and Streefilms are putting on our annual benefit. We’d love to celebrate with you as we mark a year of progress toward livable streets and look ahead to the changes and challenges to come. Tickets start at $50 and are on sale now. The theme this year is […]

Community Video Spotlight: Bike Box-Get Behind it

Did you know that Streetfilms has a Community Video showcase?  It’s located at the bottom of the homepage and features livable streets videos from around the world. One of our recent favorites comes from The City of Edmonton, capital of Alberta and one of North America’s most northerly cities.  In September, the city installed its […]

Vancouver’s Velo Vision: Safe Biking for All Ages

Streetfilms partnered with the city to produce this video about Vancouver's investment in bicycling.

Lexus ES: Is this the first U.S. car commercial filmed on a street with a protected bike lane?

Since I've been doing lots of research, analysis and interviews for a future Streetfilm looking at car commercials, this recent Lexus ES ad in heavy rotation during football Sundays really caught my eye.  If you are a cyclist or urban planner take a 30 second gander.  It just might be a first (at least in […]

Shifting into High Gear at Pro Walk Pro Bike 2012

Nearly 1,000 transportation professionals, advocates and placemakers gathered in beautiful Long Beach, CA for the Pro Walk Pro Bike conference last week.  Streetfilms caught up with attendees to find out what some of the hot topics were at the conference in in their communities.  Of course, we couldn't talk to everyone, so let us know […]