Category Archives: Bicycle

God is in the details

I’m working on a project in Connecticut where the team is proposing a “Slow Zone” in the center of town. An engineer on a project is a little worried about some of the details I’ve proposed. He wrote, “I think we … Continue reading

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Places Where People Want To Walk

: MY COMMENT ON BIKE PORTLAND’s Bike-friendliness and walk-friendliness are actually pretty different, study says I’ve only been to Portland twice, mainly downtown. There was no bike share then, so I’ve never ridden a bike in Portland. In other words, … Continue reading

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The design of streets where people walk should begin with true 20 mph speed limits & Vision Zero principles

#20isplenty #VisionZero

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Bike Shares I Have Known

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Craft, Beauty, Materials, Local

Craft, beauty, materials, local — these are all words of the moment — but we rarely see them in media stories about architecture, which emphasize shiny glass curtain walls assembled from thousands of identical pieces as mechanically as possible. The walls, … Continue reading

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Bicycle Lane of the Day

This One’s Better Than That One

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Slow Street of the Day – Rue Norvins, Paris

Photo courtesy of Galina Tahchieva @ DPZ ALMOST ALL STREETS IN PARIS now have speed limits of 20 or 12.5 miles per hour (30 or 20 kph). The rue Norvins in Montmartre was already slower  than that. Why? Not because … Continue reading

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This One’s Better Than That One

ON THE LEFT is a bike lane in Munich. On the right is what is becoming one of the most common American bike lanes, the protected lane on a one-way arterial. The one on the left is good urban design. … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Here in New York, there are many things happening as 2014 comes to a close. For the last few weeks the streets have been full of demonstrators marching under the banner of Black Lives Matter. The terrible and tragic shooting … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing & The Boulevard of Death Followup

STREETSBLOG published this interesting image of a 1914 proposal for Queens Boulevard from the borough’s Chamber of Commerce. They also linked to a recent project for the Boulevard by a group called Planning Corps. I hadn’t seen either of these projects before (although … Continue reading

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Two Birds with One Design: Affordable Housing & The Boulevard of Death

Queens Boulevard, Queens, New York. Before & After, looking southeast from 67th Road. Massengale & Co LLC and Urban Advantage for Transportation Alternatives

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A Street Is A Terrible Thing To Waste — from New York State Conference of Mayors Summer Bulletin

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Bike Lanes in Europe

Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Tracks in Europe, “A Street Is A Terrible Thing To Waste,” Street Design, The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, page 375

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Maybe I was wrong: Pedestrians Gone Wild, The Movie

A few days ago I wrote, Why? Because the pedestrians and cyclists are not killing the drivers: drivers going fast enough to kill any pedestrian they hit are causing one-hundred percent of the fatalities. If the drivers slowed down to … Continue reading

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The 21st Century Will Be Different Than The 20th

We’re starting to see that people in the 21st century are rejecting many of the trends of the late 20th century. Just as architecture and urbanism in the second half of the 20th century were very different than they had been … Continue reading

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Turn Lanes Are Anti-Pedestrian & Therefore Anti-Urban

A NEW YORK CITY MTA Bus almost ran me over this morning as I WALKED my bike in a crosswalk with a green light. Before he almost ran me over the driver honked at me, loudly, to tell me to … Continue reading

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