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 […]

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, […]

Here They Are — Your Car-Free Street Scenes From Marathon Day

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If you can get to the course early enough, marathon Sunday lets you roam freely, for one morning, on some of New York’s most atrocious traffic sewers. Here’s a look at how some people made the most of the car-free time. #marathonfunday Kids riding on Flatbush! pic.twitter.com/RSUtGAFJNr — Hilda Cohen (@HildaBikes) November 2, 2014 Fourth […]

Streetfilms: Pedestrians Storm Smith Street, Sans Autos

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Every year, on the Sunday closest to Bastille Day, Brooklyn bistro Bar Tabac helps put on one of the city’s finest car-free events, turning two blocks of Smith Street into a neighborhood party. As restaurants take over sidewalks with café seating and shady tents, the center of the street transforms into a sandy arena for […]