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To Really Prosper, NYC Needs a Great Network of Car-free Streets in Manhattan

Yeah, this is a bit of a rant. Thanks to my job I've been fortunate to travel to many amazing cities in the world. And unlike New York City, all the greatest ones have massive grids of car-free streets. I'm not talking temporary, weekly ciclovia closures. Or a few car-free blocks here or there. Or great parks or plazas where […]

Videos from Stockholm, Malmö & Copenhagen: Featuring CPH Driver Patience, Vision Zero and NYC Bike Lane future?

Our newest video showing new-fangled bike stuff from Copenhagen was such an immediate hit (30K plays in 3 days!) I decided not to wait to post a "bonus" video showing the respectful cooperation between turning drivers & cyclists. Why? Well we all know the dreaded right hook collisions that happen often in the U.S. and other places.  In Copenhagen […]

Why do we need a buffer in Protected Bike Lanes? Well, here’s why….

Recently I had a quick exchange with a visiting cyclist who was pleasantly amazed at the "extra" space afforded bikes in most NYC protected bike lanes. He was referring to the painted zone between parked cars and the actual "green" bike lane - amazingly it's not the first conversation I've had like that. And you know […]

Transportation Videos & Photos from Montevideo & Buenos Aires!

I was very fortunate to be able to take a long vacation to South America and was in the cities of Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Asuncion. Of course with me a vacation can never be truly 100% relaxing when there is transportation observations to be made and I was able to squeeze in some Streetfilms […]

Asunción, Paraguay: A Walk on a Bikeway Yields Evidence of a Rail Past

This week while in Asunción, the largest city in Paraguay, I was surprised to learn the country introduced the first railway service on the content - sometime in the 1830s. But sadly, there are no longer any kinds of rail or passenger service here. That's such a shame. Paraguay is a very poor country. For the most […]

In the U.S. Walking & Biking to School is Becoming Extinct, Get Inspired by some Streetfilms to Change That

Last year, we debuted a crisply-edited Streetfilm "Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam" as a chapter in our STREETFACTS series. We were surprised the 4-part educational series didn't do better. However, the last week saw renewed interest as people started forwarding it around Facebook, nearly 100 shares! Perhaps the general public is beginning to crave change? Things sure have changed in […]

Adventures in Montreal: Bikes, Bike Cafes & Riding Musical Swings in a Public Space

I was honored this weekend to be a guest of Vélo Québec to ride in the 30th annual Tour de l'Île, a 50km group ride I did way back in 2001 & 2003. It's really a great way to experience the city on car-free roads with 25,000 other people. In fact, I find Montreal to be one of […]

Streetfilms: Street Theater & Public Parody as Effective Advocacy!

If you're having trouble garnering public attention for one of your advocacy initatives, one thing you should consider is performing some crafty, quirky street theater or parody. Both equally enlighten, and if done intelligently, lead to action. Streetfilms has been around quite a few good ones over the years.  One of the earliest is the […]

Streetfilms Shorties: Early Highlights from Texas

Today I fly back to NYC after nearly a week in Dallas and Houston. For a guy from the Northeast I have been both pleasantly surprised by nice things I've seen and also intimidated by the numbers of cars - big cars - everywhere I go.  Here are just a few Streetfilms shorties to give […]

Streetfilms Shorties: Hal Teaser, GoPro Citi bike Test, Guadalajara’s Plazas

Sometimes I have bits of video or short stories that don't amount to a full on Streetfilm, but I want to get them out in the world anyway. On our Vimeo account you'll often see some of these thrown up with little fanfare, most with only a few hundred plays. But every once and a […]

Hollywood Screws Up Times Square ONCE AGAIN!

I can't help that I'm a obsessive creature when it comes to anything to do with transportation and complete streets. But what really gets me irked is the awful treatment the movie industry to continues to spew on our wonderful car-free spaces in Times Square.  I've seen the roads of the once-snarled bow-tie still choked […]

Beyond #Sneckdown: Five Other Street Conditions You Can Observe or Document

It's been quite a ride we've had the last six weeks on the sneckdown train.  At least 40 publications & blog posts since January 2nd including the BBC, The Economist, and The Atlantic Cities. I even got on the local news here in NYC on WPIX. As of December 2013 our two Streetfilms had been watched about […]

The Rise of Open Streets: 8 Years of Ciclovia Videos on Streetfilms

A few weeks ago we posted our newest video "The Rise of Open Streets,"  a joint production with The Street Plans Collaborative and the Alliance for Biking & Walking.  We're excited to announce that sometime in March there will be a collection of our open streets films available on DVD for communities to use in […]

The Complete Origin of the #Sneckdown

Nearly everywhere in the livable streets world you look, the sneckdown phenomenon is growing - with hundreds of photos tagged #sneckdown on Twitter in the last month. Although the majority of  news articles & blogging sites have done a commendable job spreading the word, there's still a bit of confusion about the origin of the term […]

Very Cool Streetfilms News From…The Ukraine!

I just love hearing success stories like this.  Take a gander at this new video from Lviv, Ukraine which shows off some of their recent cycling infra successes in 2013. The film was sent to me by Demyan Danyluk who's been a big Streetfilms fan since 2010.  He's a co-founder of the local urban iniative platform […]