NRDC VIDEO:Pedestrians aren’t “impeding traffic!”
More and more cities are discovering the value in low-cost experimental pilot projects for public spaces and streetscape redesigns. San Francisco is certainly among the forefront, but this is a global phenomenon; the recent Nørrebrogade street redesign here in Copenhagen (from a high volume automobile traffic artery to the most successful bicycle-oriented street in the world) began as a three month pilot project.
This approach is particularly well-suited to most local political structures - the projects are low cost and potentially temporary, so the barrier to experiment is low. If the project succeeds, the politicians win. If the project fails, the project is scrapped with little ramifications. No harm, no foul.
I expect to see this more and more.
San Francisco is Reclaiming Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists, Creating New Public Spaces
Detour signs completely block the bike lane and the sidewalk on Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, California. This is especially sucky because Soquel is normally a very busy street with heavy bike and motor traffic. Cyclists typically move at something like 5 MPH because of the steep grade here.
Dear Caltrans District 5: I believe these signs placed by your Highway 1 Project contractor may violate Section 6D.101 on “Bicycle Considerations” in the 2012 Edition of the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
According to Bikes Belong, only 13 percent of Americans want to see the amount of federal money spent on biking and walking reduced. But apparently those folks are overrepresented in the halls of Congress.
Pressure Mounts to Hold Sen. Boxer to Her Word on Safe Streets
Photo: Tanya Snyder