French designer Philippe Starck and Peugeot have unveiled a prototype bicycle crossed with a scooter, designed for a free cycle scheme in Bordeaux, France. This is a fun way to make bike sharing cool. Bordeaux!
One of San Francisco’s latest traffic calming projects makes a simple, but fundamental change at the intersection to discourage drivers from using neighborhood streets to bypass a stoplight.
Instead of pedestrians crossing the street, cars have to pull into the street across a driveway that doubles as a speed bump. After the driveway the street transitions into a cobblestone or brick-like paving treatment instead of the normal asphalt road we’d expect. Another tool to slow down traffic is to swap the parking and driving sides of the street using curb extensions, called chicanes, to guide drivers and parkers through the transition from one side to other.
But back to the brick pattern treatment, because it creates a new kind of street treatment somewhere between a road and a sidewalk. A little south of here, the City of Mountain View did something similar when they redesigned their main boulevard by using brick paving for what is sometimes used as parking and outdoor restaurant seating at others.
All over the country, cities are starting to reverse more than a half century of car-centric development, but each project like brings us a little closers to a good balance…
it’s like what i saw in stockholm! the sidewalk is continuous so it doesn’t even feel like you’re walking across an intersection! but the one on fleminggatan has chess pieces and ped- and cycle-only access.
Few weeks ago we informed Estonian Capital - Tallinn made its public transport free for its inhabitants. Let’s get some update - individual car transport fell down 10 percent!
Tomáš Cach is a young architect, traffic urbanist who stands behind the first large-scale traffic calming Tempo 30 in Karlin, Prague. For years he’s been working for NGOs, but also for the City - however few days ago he and his 6 colleagues resigned from the City Bike Committee.
The articles are in Czech language.
Tempo 30 in Prague:
MIAMI – Residents and visitors of Wynwood can now enjoy the neighborhood’s first permanent artistic crosswalk, marked by a work that seeks to transform the intersection of Northwest Second Avenue and 25th Street.
The effort is part of the Miami Biennale and WADA’s ‘Wynwood Ways’, a collaboration to make the neighborhood a more pedestrian-friendly cultural destination.
Kids in Netherlands found out a simple way how to make cars stop on the Zebra Crossing! What do you think?
Cycling in style. NYC, Central Park. 1941