A Video History: NYC Streets Metamorphosis

פורסם: 11 בינו׳ 2014, 2:09 על ידי: Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 11 בינו׳ 2014, 6:33 ]

There's nothing more dramatic than looking back five or ten years at Streetfilms footage to see how much the streets of New York City have changed. In this wonderful montage, check out the incredible changes at Times Square, Herald Square, the Brooklyn waterfront, and many other places that outgoing NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff have intrepidly transformed.

We have similarly high hopes for Mayor Bill de Blasio as he takes office, and look forward to what he and new NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg accomplish. Even though so much has changed, the vast majority of our streets still need to be rethought and redesigned. We need more space for efficient modes, slower speed limits, and traffic calming for our most vulnerable citizens. I hope this short gets them excited to top the transportation record of the Bloomberg administration.

Please note: This is but a short sample of the before-and-after footage at our disposal. Seriously, we could have put together a one hour version!

Source: Vimeo

A Video History Of New York City’s Bike Lanes: From Deadly Days To Today

Cycling on New York City streets in 2002 looked a lot different than it does today.
by Sydney Brownstone, 9/1/2014

Just in case newly anointed New York City mayor Bill de Blasio spent the last decade fast asleep while citizens clashed over (and clamored for) the slow, but persistent growth of bicycle culture on city streets, a heartwarming video for bike lanes has surfaced on Vimeo to remind him of the progress that's been made.

"NYC Streets Metamorphosis," complete with clunky instructional music and all, is the creation of Clarence Eckerson Jr., co-founder of Streetfilms and former host of public access show BikeTV. It captures clips of what cycling was like before bike lane infrastructure exploded, including pesky, near-death almost-collisions, like the one at 2:29. The mini-documentary also serves as a model for what's possible when cities get aggressive about providing for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It's like an "It's Get Better" video for cyclists.

Condensed into just a few minutes, the transformation seen in New York over a decade appears pretty radical. Take, for instance, the cyclists on Kent Avenue in 2002, riding past a mostly undeveloped waterfront. Then there was the tenuous situation seven years ago on Sands Street, near the Manhattan Bridge, where riders were forced to weave narrowly between the rush of car traffic and parked cars without a lane. Both roadways now have ample green lanes dedicated to riders.

Eckerson's time-lapse shows some of the biggest cycling lane projects under former Mayor Bloomberg's Department of Transportation, in addition to major investments in public space. Over just a few years, DOT transformed a strip of Broadway in midtown choked with car traffic into a pleasant almost-piazza, with picnic tables, pedestrian walkways, and yes, thick bands of bike lane.

If we're to go by the New York City DOT's Cycling Risk Indicator, the statistics do reflect the aesthetic changes. Calculated as the number of cyclists killed or injured in car crashes, divided by the number of cyclists riding on the streets (In-Season Cycling Indicator), New York City has experienced a 73% decrease in cyclist risk of injury since 2000.

"As much as [what] has been done, the large majority of our streets still need reforms, we need drastic policy change, slower speed limits and traffic calming for our most vulnerable citizens," the film's creators write. "Hopefully, this short gets them excited to top the transportation record of the Bloomberg administration."

Source: fastcoexist.com