Streetfilms: Chicago’s Sunday Parkways

Streetfilms contributor Nicholas Whitaker files this report from Chicago, which put on a pair of major car-free events last month called Sunday Parkways. Recently Streetfilms has also covered car-free events in New York, Portland and San Francisco, and like the Summer Streets video, this one features a guest turn from Gil Peñalosa, one of the masterminds behind Bogotá’s inspirational Ciclovía.

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Streetfilms: Portland’s Sunday Parkways

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In New York, "Summer Streets" is set to debut this August. In Portland, they just held "Sunday Parkways" for the first time. Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson, in town for the Carfree Cities conference, captured the action and picked up a few pointers for other cities planning to launch car-free events: It was like a giant community […]

Streetfilms: San Francisco’s Foggy Sunday Streets 2009

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For many American cities, 2009 marks the second time around for car-free events modeled after Bogotá’s Ciclovía. In San Francisco, like New York, last year’s innovation is this year’s tradition, as you’ll see in this Streetfilm from John Hamilton: Despite a blanket of fog, the last San Francisco Sunday Streets of 2009 was, from all […]
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Health Benefits of Ciclovia Events Outweigh Costs

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Ciclovia, Sunday Parkways, Open Streets, Walk and Roll — no matter what your community calls its car-free street event, they are well worth the effort, according to a new study published in the Journal of Urban Health. A careful cost-benefit analysis of Ciclovia-style events in four different countries found that the health benefits of these […]

Streetfilms: A New Play Street for Jackson Heights

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Streetfilms newcomer Robin Urban Smith brings us this romp through a new play street in Jackson Heights. Located in a neighborhood with little access to park space, the 78th Street Play Street effectively extends Travers Park out past the curb every Sunday for 20 weeks. Neighborhood groups Jackson Heights Green and Friends of Travers Park […]

Streetfilms: Going Car-Free in Milwaukee

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Summer Streets may be getting most of the attention lately, but New York isn’t the only US city opening its streets to public use. On a recent visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Streetfilms contributor Nick Whitaker captured two car-free events happening at once. First, the Brady Street Festival, which has roots going back to the 1970s, […]

Summer Streets

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I’m planning on stopping by Williamsburg Walks this weekend. Next weekend I’ll be rolling over the Brooklyn Bridge with the whole family (on my new bakfiets, the Cadillac Escalade of bicycles) to participate in the big Summer Streets event in Manhattan. Clarence over at Streetfilms put together this 30-second promo video that will be airing […]