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Streetfacts #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam

Think of this Streetfacts chapter as a PSA about how, in just a few generations, we have tightly restricted American kids' freedom to roam, play, and become self-sufficient.

The percentage of children walking and bicycling to school has plummeted from almost 50 percent in 1969 to about 13 percent today. Although distance from school is often cited as the main barrier to walking and bicycling, many families still drive when schools are close to home. According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, driving accounts for about half of school trips between 1/4- and 1/2-mile long — which in most cases shouldn't take kids much more than 10 minutes to walk.

There are plenty of factors at work here: Lack of sidewalks and safe walking and biking routes. The fallacy of "stranger danger." School districts banning walking and biking outright. But all of these problems lead back to the original and biggest blunder: We continue to design our cities and towns for cars instead of for children, families, and human beings.

Look for more Streetfilms on this issue in the next year.

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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 time we have compiled a truncated 25 minute Streetfilms University lesson. Filled with video clips, stills and lists of advice there is much to take in here for the beginning filmmaker as well as the person who is just curious as to how we make our effective films. Perhaps one day you'll be lucky enough to get to experience the hour plus program, but until then get some popcorn and sit back and hear from Clarence Eckerson Jr, the Director of Streetfilms, on how we get it done.

And of course visit streetfilms.org to watch any of our 500 Streetfilms and to download them right off Vimeo to use in your own work and presentations using the Creative Commons 3.0 license.

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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 of Honor City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
When Friday, October 26, 2012
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Where WNYC's The Greene Space
44 Charlton St.
(on the corner of Varick St.)
New York, NY 10014
Sponsors

To buy tickets by mail, send a check made to Streetsblog, 148 Lafayette St., PH, New York, NY 10013. For sponsorship information, please contact Christa Orth at corth@openplans.org or 917-388-9066.

Can't come, but still want to donate? Click here.

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Rethinking the Automobile (with Mark Gorton)

For more than 100 years New York City government policy has prioritized the needs of the automobile over the needs of any other mode of transport. Working under the faulty assumption that more car traffic would improve business, planners and engineers have systematically made our streets more dangerous and less livable. As a result, even the idea that a street could truly be a “place” – a shared space for human interaction and play – has been almost completely destroyed.

During his decade long effort to understand and improve the streets of New York City, entrepreneur and livable streets advocate Mark Gorton has gathered together a compelling set of examples of how transportation policy impacts the quality of our daily lives. Mark is regularly invited to speak in public about these issues.

In his current presentation “Rethinking the Automobile” Mark explores the history of autocentric planning and considers how New York and other cities can change. Filled with ample video footage of dozens of Streetfilms, we’ve worked with Mark to create a version of the presentation here.

As the founder of Streetfilms, Streetsblog, OpenPlans, and the New York City Streets Renaissance Campaign, Gorton has been on the front lines of the battle to transform New York’s streets. But Mark is not done fighting. He contends that the recent improvements that have been implemented in New York should only be considered as the “tip of the iceberg” and that a truly comprehensive set of changes are still necessary.

For more on Mark’s continued efforts to make our world more equitable, livable, and safe visit www.rethinktheauto.org

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Gaining Momentum: Youth Bike Summit 2012

More than 275 people from 20 states and three countries came to the second annual Youth Bike Summit over the weekend of January 13. Organized by pioneering NYC community bike shop Recycle-A-Bicycle, the three day conference was a chance for young bike advocates to share strategies and draw inspiration from the keynote speakers, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Youth Leader Alpha Barry. Said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists: “It’s nice to see a movement grow with events like this… inspiring the next generation of bicycle advocates.”

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Cycling is the Way to Go

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Walk to School

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Zozo and Friends

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Meet Zozo!

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Take Transit

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Going Together is Fun

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Share Your Ride

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Go Green

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Bring Back the Zozos

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

 

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Contested Streets: Breaking New York City Gridlock

Produced in 2006 as part of the New York City Streets Renaissance Campaign, Contested Streets explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to present.  This examination allows for an understanding of how the city --- though the most well served by mass transit in the United States --- has slowly relinquished what was a rich, multi-dimensional conception of the street as a public space to a mindset that prioritizes the rapid movement of cars and trucks over all other functions.

Central to the story is a comparison of New York to what is experienced in London, Paris and Copenhagen.  Interviews and footage shot in these cities showcase how limiting automobile use is in recent years has improved air quality, minimized noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction.  London's congestion pricing scheme, Paris' BRT and Copenhagen's bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are all examined in depth.  New York City, though to many the most vibrant and dynamic city on Earth, still has lessons to learn from Old Europe.