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.
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What’s the most effective way to make city streets safer? As Chicago Alderman Mary Ann Smith told Streetfilms, “Signs don’t do the job, even having police officers on the corner does not do the job.” To prevent traffic injuries and deaths, you need to change how the street functions and make it feel slower for […]
Up until this summer, speeding was the norm on Brooklyn's Prospect Park West. With three wide lanes inviting motorists to hit the accelerator, it was a street monopolized by car traffic. That changed in a big way in June, when NYC DOT converted one vehicle lane to a two-way bikeway separated from traffic by the […]
In the third episode of Moving Beyond the Automobile, we take a look at a more efficient way to use a car. Car sharing allows users to evaluate the full cost of each car trip, which encourages them to decide what the most appropriate mode choice is for a specific trip. Zipcar, a leading global […]
Wiki and free-culture enthusiasts travel around the five boroughs to snap photos for use in Streetswiki and Wikipedia articles.
A Bronx elementary school implements a bike safety curriculum and celebrates its culmination with a good old-fashioned bike rodeo.
Brooklyn resident Kimberly White is just finishing her freshman year of college, and she took some time away from studying for exams and writing papers to be the second cyclist in our MY NYC Biking Story series. Kimberly not only loves riding her red folding bike in Prospect Park, but she's also got the skills […]
Riding a bike is a big part of Dr. Jen Petersen’s daily routine, and it also plays a significant role in her academic and professional careers. Her 2011 dissertation toward a Ph.D. in Sociology, “Whose Streets? Paving the Right to the City,” was largely influenced by riding her bike on the changing streets of NYC. Jen now […]
See how one community organized to create a plan for safer, healthier and more livable streets and public spaces.
Transportation Alternatives' 4th Annual Tour de Queens once again didn't disappoint. 2000 riders navigated thru the 18 mile, family-paced course experiencing neighborhoods from Forest Hills to Jackson Heights. As usual the festivities started and ended in fabulous Flushing Meadow Corona Park in the shadow of the iconic Unisphere. New York Mets mascot Mr. Met was […]
Choreographer and filmmaker Gabri Christa commutes to work on her trusty Dutch bike from her home in Staten Island to her office in Rockefeller Center, and to rehearsals and performances all over the city. On her morning commute, she catches the free Staten Island Ferry, meets up with friends, and then hops on the Hudson […]
Streetfilms teamed up with the Public Policy Institute at AARP to bring you a look at how Arlington, Virginia plans for its senior population using transit-oriented development (TOD). Arlington has been practicing TOD since the late 1970s, when Washington's Metrorail first began service there, and it's proved very effective in accommodating the population growth of […]
Queens transit riders oppose MTA fare hikes and service cuts and support bridge tolls.
Brooklyn students learn and rap about pollution, traffic, and the streets around their school.
Watch what happens when one neighborhood in Queens closes its street to cars.