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The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway

Just when you think you've seen everything in the transportation world, you encounter something different. That happened to me on an infrastructure tour in Cambridge, England, when my guides showed be this guided busway.

The video only shows a short segment of The Busway, but it's fascinating. The wheels of the bus run between grooved concrete slabs along an old rail line. The system also handles drainage without burdening the sewers: Stormwater is absorbed by the ground.

At 16 miles, the Cambridge guided busway is the longest one in the world. Bus speeds can reach up to 55 mph.

A busy biking and walking path runs right next to the route. You won't find railings separating the busway from the trail. There's no honking or flashing lights like you would find in the USA -- just common sense.

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Brand New Bioswales/Storm Water Pits Installed in Elmhurst!

I've been writing quite a bit about my excitement over bioswales and storm water treatment of late. Today while taking a few photos of the new 20 mph Slow Speed Zone in Elmhurst, I noticed something absolutely new for the first time in Queens - small storm water treatments!

I counted at least fifteen either fully installed, near completion or marked for construction.  There were quite a few in the streets to the west of the Queens Center Mall area which could use some greening.

The designs are nice, though except for a curb cut allowing water runoff in, the average citizen probably will not discern much difference from a nicely presented tree pit. But they are groundbreaking - wide scale use of these will make a huge difference for the city the next time we have a mega storm. Recently, I'd seen strange markings (below) for a few months and was wondering what they were going to be. Now I know.

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My Favorite NYC Bioswale (and it’s along the “Queens Bike Superhighway”!)

Folks, as you may be aware, we did this Streetfilm Shortie (below) on the Storm Water Treatments along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It was just something I cobbled together as an "extra" since I was surprised by the enormous size & placements of the bioswales along their protected bike paths.

With rising seas and the urgency to treat more stormwater, we really need to get going with these in New York City - and we are slowly - but we do have a few goodies in the ground. My favorite is one installed at 39th Avenue & Woodside along the burgeoning (as I call it) "Queens Bike Superhighway" which runs from 34th Avenue thru Sunnyside and on to link up with the Queensboro Ed Koch Bridge bike path to Manhattan.

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GOP Mayor Greg Ballard: Making Bicycling a Priority in Indianapolis

Across the nation, many big-city mayors of both political parties are embracing bikes and livable streets. As you'll see, Indianapolis' Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, believes that making city cycling safer and more enjoyable will attract young people and families and benefit business.

Ballard has expanded the number of miles of bike lanes from one (in 2007) to over 75, and there are plans for 200 miles of bikeways by the year 2015. In addition, the city has seen the grand opening of the magnificent Indianapolis Cultural Trail (there's a great Streetfilm coming on that shortly), which features eight miles of safe biking and walking paths.

Mayor Ballard also does it with his body and voice. He now personally leads four bike rides per year, encouraging people to get healthy, have fun and see their city from a different perspective.