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Park(ing) Day NYC 2008

Transportation Alternatives reports during this year's foray into PARKing Day there were over 50 parking spaces temporarily reclaimed throughout the city, nearly doubling last year's total. We were able to visit about twenty of those.

Summer Streets 2008 (NYC)

Feeling remarkably similar to Bogota's Ciclovia, the New York City Department of Transportation held its first Summer Streets event on Saturday by opening 7 miles of city streets to pedestrians and bike traffic only. From 7 AM to 1 PM, roads were car-free from 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge along Park Avenue. It was splendiferous.

Bike The Falls

Olaf Eliasson's "New York City Waterfalls" is installed along the East River in Lower Manhattan until mid-October. The fastest and most fun way to see all four waterfalls is by bike. Janette Sadik-Khan lead a "Bike The Falls" ride with New York City cycling advocates along the marked route.

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"

Hike the Heights!

Hike the Heights is a yearly guided urban hiking safari for kids thru Morningside Heights, following along paths defined by the presence of statues of giraffes. The object is to encourage fitness as well as promoting fun and education. The event, sponsored by CLIMB (City Life is Moving Bodies), connects numerous parks in the Harlem area. <

Mayor Bloomberg & Friends Announce “Summer Streets”

Press conference announcing Summer Streets 2008, with Mayor Bloomberg, Lance Armstrong, David Byrne, Janette Sadik-Khan and Scott Stringer and we've included wonderful quottage from them all.

Street Transformations: Meat Market Plaza

Check out the dramatic before and after video of this now public space.

Barnes Dance!

The Barnes Dance is an all-cross pedestrian signal!

Street Stars: Christine Berthet

Check out this profile of one of NYC's great neighborhood activists and how she gets things done.

Crosswalks #1

The streets of NYC can be very dangerous for pedestrians. And we think this footage is on the mild side.

Cyclist(s) of the Month: The Neistat Brothers

The Neistat Brothers offer up anecdotes about their bicycling films and views about transportation in NYC in general.

A Walk around the Upper West Side

Mark Gorton and neighbor Lisa Sladkus point out traffic calming features they'd like see on the UWS.

Clowns Liberate Bike Lanes

Bicycling clowns use humor to enlighten motorists parked in bike lanes.

Street Transformations – Upper West Side

We take three before & after photosims, manipulate them and add music. Voila! You've baked a livable streets cake!!

UWS Streets Renaissance: Amsterdam Avenue

Mark Gorton and neighbor Lisa Sladkus point out Amsterdam Avenue's speed geometry.