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Sands Street Gets a Sassy, Center-Median Cycletrack

Chalk up more bikeway innovation to the folks at the NYC Department of Transportation. The Sands Street approach to the Manhattan Bridge is now safer and more enjoyable thanks to a first-of-its-kind in NYC: a center-median, two-way, protected bike path.

PARKing Day 2009 NYC

This year we took it down a notch. After covering PARK(ing) Day events for the past three years, we figured it was about time we got to relax a little and enjoy the space and - frankly - not get dehydrated from bicycling about all day. Oh, that and the fact we were trying out […]

The Search for the Zozo

Thanks to a marked improvement for pedestrians and cyclists in public spaces in NYC, Zozo's - purple, pleasant creatures who once roamed NYC's streets before the presence of the automobile but thought now extinct - are making a comeback. Watch our mockumentary as we go in search of the ever-elusive Zozo! Will we find it?

Seattle Crosswalk: Tap foot, Lights blink, Cross street

Along Seattle's historic waterfront, a new-ish pedestrian amenity has popped up: a crosswalk that lights up as you cross, and all you gotta do is tap the yellow-rectangle to activate it.

Daylighting: Make Your Crosswalks Safer

Daylighting is a simple pedestrian safety strategy which removes parking spaces surrounding an intersection in order to create better visibility for all street users and reduce the risk of conflict.

D.C. Launches Bike-Sharing Program

Last week the first North American public bike-share program debuted in Washington D.C. With 120 bikes at 10 self-service racks, SmartBike DC officially launched.

LPI – Leading Pedestrian Interval

Leading Pedestrian Intervals (or LPIs) are a traffic signalization strategy that allows pedestrians an exclusive 3 to 5 second signal (in some cases much longer) to begin crossing the street before cars get a green light. Consequently, they are also known by their sassier nickname, Pedestrian Head Start. But in my view the best variation on what LPI stands for comes from Christine Berthet of the Hells Kitchen Neighborhood Association who proposes: "Life Preserving Interval"

Portland (Green) Bike Box!

Earlier this year, Portland's Office of Transportation installed many high visibility bike boxes that are colored lime green to help cyclist avoid right hook collisions. So while in Portland for the World Car-free Conference, we decided to have a little fun and publish a sequel to our very popular "How to Use a Bike Box".

Car-free Prospect Park Street Theater! (from 2002)

Back in 2002 there was a huge push on for a three month trial ban on cars in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (I mean really are we still fighting for this?! Come on Mayor Bloomberg it's time to do a trial!) In any event, Aaron Naparstek (with future wife Joanne) organized a fun Halloween street theater event where we all dressed up as cars and raised some eyebrows Saturday morning at the Grand Army Plaza Green Market.

Chicanes In My Neighborhood

Sometimes double-parked cars and street regulations form their own temporary traffic calmed conditions.

Lessons from Bogotá

In Part 3 of our Bogotá trilogy we look at Cyclepaths, Parks, and some of the great initiatives undertaken to make it a more livable city.

How to use a Bike Box

There are dozens of Bike Boxes popping up all over NYC, wanna find out how to use them?

Clarence: The Purple Traffic Calming Wizard

The Purple Traffic Calming Wizard chats with the hoi polloi to find out what peeps think about the physically separated bike path on 9th Ave.

In Davis’ Platinum City Even the Munchkins Ride Bikes

Davis, California is the only Platinum bike city in the U.S. Come see why.

Street Lessons from a Blizzard (with sneckdown!)

Back in Feb 2006, as the largest ever recorded NYC snowfall (26.9") was winding down, I ran outside with a camera to try to capture some traffic calming, transportation and livable streets lessons.