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Documenting Dangerous Streets: Crossing 111th Street, Queens

As you know, in this space I am always trying to find ways to inspire and change our streets for the better, which means giving you tools or film ideas to use in your community. Of late I've been doing some documentation using my GoPro and have been pleasantly surprised at how incredibly educational the footage can be. Here […]

Watch 18 Years of Car-Free Parks Advocacy and Progress in NYC

The exciting news about the big expansion of car-free zones in Central Park and Prospect Park is a milestone in a very long campaign. The movement for car-free parks goes back nearly 50 years -- much farther than the videos I've posted here. But it wasn't that long ago that car-free hours in these parks were the exception, rather than the […]

Some neat Transportation videos I’m watching (and you should too!)

I get weekly asks to "please come visit my town/city/country" to make a Streetfilm on a new best practice or a struggle on an issue a group is having. If I had a staff of anyone other than myself, I knew I'd be able to keep them quite busy. Sadly, I do not. This is why I am […]

NYC’s High Bridge is open to Walkers & Cyclists for the first time in 45 years!

I've been waiting for this day for a really long time. Some people I met today have been waiting 45 years! The High Bridge which connects Washington Heights to the Highbridge neighborhood in the Bronx is now waiting for YOU to traverse it. I didn't bring my video gear, choosing to just soak up the event, since it […]

Humans are conditioned to stay off streets, even when there are no cars!

I'm sure there are plenty of you livable streets champions that have documented this phenomenon. I've seen it often. And yesterday was just another fine example of it. I was lucky enough to be invited to walk with Mayor de Blasio's entourage yesterday in the Queens Pride March in my neighborhood of Jackson Heights, which […]

Watch some new videos from my UK trip to London & Cambridge!

I just got back from a whirlwind one week visit to see London and Cambridge. There was lots of cycling to be had and I had to get used to cycling on the opposite side of the road. But I was really not prepared for the numbers of bikes on the streets of London during rush […]

May Streetfilms Shorties You May Have Missed

Often we make short Streetfilms that do not officially get posted on the main site for one reason or another. They may just be quickly edited videos not destined to be up for the long haul or short clips for Streetsblog. Or ones we just don't expected to have too much interest nationwide. Here's a pretty inspiring video […]

CNU23: A Wrap Up of My Experience in Dallas & Ft. Worth

Had a great time at the Congress for New Urbanism Conference in Dallas. It's always great being around transportation & planning people for a few days. Dallas is a city with many challenges and hopefully many of the minds in attendance made an impact in helping the intrepid advocates there gain more momentum. One of the […]

Host Your Own FREE Streetfilms Screening!

Earlier this week I was in Albany for a Streetfilms screening as a guest of the Albany Protected Bike Lanes Coalition, a group fighting for better bicycling in New York's capital. About 135 people attended and they did just about everything you can do right when it comes to holding a great rallying event for […]

Introducing “Streetfilms Snippets”, More Video Tools for You

Our digital entertainment is all about faster & quicker. The general public has an increasingly shorter attention span. I know I've watched since Youtube's debut in 2005 as the public's ability to watch an entire video - even a good, short one - has become challenged. This is something I've been wrestling with as occassionally we have some Streetfilms that approach 10+ minutes in […]

Some NEW Parking Streetfilms You May Have Missed

We've recently posted a few parking "best practices" direct to Vimeos for use by Streetsblog that you likely haven't seen if you don't check both sites frequently. (Which Streetfilms wholeheartedly endorses.) First up: We're big fans of the work of Gabe Klein, the former DOT Commissioner for both District of Columbia & Chicago. While I was filming for a project looking at […]

Streetfilms Excerpts will help you change your community even more!

In an effort to continually help advocates, elected leaders and communities use our productions to fight for change in their neighborhoods, I am always looking for ways to manage our content better, despite only being a busy staff of one. (Yes, that's right for all those who write in weekly asking us to send Streetfilms […]

Keeping it Fun Commuting By Bike!

Hey friends, a small plug for my friend Yvonne Bambrick's new book "The Urban Cycling Survival Guide" just out this month for purchase here. The book contains lots of great common sense advice for those new cyclists or those hungry to sharpen their skills on buying a bike, the rules of the road and basic maintenance, just […]

The #Sneckdown at the end of my Street

On Tuesday, Streetsblog did a post of photos of the latest round of #sneckdown madness sweeping the nation. I posted one (above) of a sneckdown at end of my street in Jackson Heights, Queens, the corner of 34th Avenue & 85th Street. It was pretty typical of what intersections looked like that morning following the pseudo-Blizzard in my nabe. […]

These four Streetfilms may help sway Your City into accepting Protected Bike Lanes

I am gonna keep this simple: are you having difficulty convincing your city/town about the merits of protected bike lanes? Streetfilms can help. The above Streetfilm was put together back when then-New York City Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan was under a full-on bikelash assault from the media. It was done to show that protected bike lanes […]

Inventing fun transportation hashtags: #freshKermit

By now, fans of Streetfilms probably know about the explosion of the hashtag #sneckdown on Twitter earlier this year. Now we are slowly watching another phenomenon roll out and it is easy enough to contribute. In what has to make the Green Lane Project team happy, when Streetfilms fans have been seeing freshly painted (or […]

A #bikeNYC Weekend Wrap-up!

#bikeNYC is always alive during October. It's a beautiful time to be out riding. It seems of late I've gone on a Streetfilms Shorties tear, which are essentially videos that only take a few hours of shooting & editing for me to publish. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about them and don't anticipate many thousands […]

Streetfilms University: The “Simple” Art of Editing (YOU can do it!)

The first thing I like to emphasize to folks when they come to see me at conferences to give my Streetfilms University presentation is that if you have a little bit of patience, really anyone can make and edit a decent short film. Even with little or no experience. Sure, perhaps not to a "Streetfilms standard" right off the […]

Talking with Guillermo Dietrich, Buenos Aires’ Head of Transport

A few months ago, I was fortunate to spend a few days observing the tremendous street changes that have occurred in Buenos Aires (documented in our Streetfilm above). I also got to meet and interview Guillermo Dietrich, the architect and force behind shaping a city that has dramatically improved transit (via MetroBus BRT), walking (with 100 blocks of […]

Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary of the “First Streetfilm”: Central Park, Bikelash & Advocacy

Last month was a very bad month in the tabloids and local news for NYC bicyclists. As you've probably heard we had two awful tragedies on the loop drive of Central Park in 2014 with cyclists striking pedestrians, killing both. What followed was sadness, anger and head scratching. But also the predictable media manipulation demonizing cycling, much of it unfair or downright ignoring facts. While […]