Two years ago, Barcelona announced it would transform chunks of its street grid to prioritize people over cars. The method: superblocks. When American planners think of superblocks, they probably think of big parcels that disrupt the pedestrian network and discourage walking. Barcelona's superblocks are different. They only limit motor vehicle movement, which makes walking and biking easier and opens […]
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Despite the chill, nearly 75 people turned out Sunday to celebrate the new protected bike lane on Northern Boulevard connecting to the popular path known as Joe Michaels Mile in Eastern Queens. This NYC DOT project added a two-way, concrete-protected bikeway to a high-speed section of Northern Boulevard that's frequently used by parents, kids, and commuters. The ride followed an eight-mile loop of […]
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 […]
It's always nice to see nature and beauty pop up places you wouldn't expect. Near the western terminus of Queens' 34th Avenue, there are two auto body shops at the corner of 64th Street that go the extra mile to make their corner of the world a little brighter and greener. The amazing thing is […]
One Chicago neighborhood closes it's streets to cars, transforming it into a safe, healthy and fun public space.
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. <
In the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, a triangle that once was home to two dozen car parking spots now is a green pedestrian plaza. If that ain't cool, we don't know what is.
When Doug Gordon visits Prospect Park he always sees vehicles entering illegally after it is closed to cars at 7 pm. It made him mad, so he got out his video camera.
Governors Island is a car-free, New York City paradise and now it's open to residents weekends from June thru Sept 2nd.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore of Sydney, Australia and Copenhagenâ€™s Mayor of the Technical & Environmental Administration Klaus Bondam ride bikes with Transportation Alternatives in a symbolic loop around Central Park.
In the next few years, much of a 15-mile, Hudson River-style greenway will finally become reality along Brooklyn's shores, thanks largely to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
Former BogotÃ¡ mayor Enrique PeÃ±alosa discusses his amazing success transforming BogotÃ¡ into a livable city for cyclists and pedestrians.
These photo simulations from the Project for Public Spaces show how we can transform some of our misused intersections into amazing spaces full of life, commerce, and vitality.
In San Francisco, the REBAR group organized a mass reclamation of automobile parking spaces to provide temporary green space for pedestrians to enjoy.