Streetfilms Inspires Boulder to Paint Some Streets

We just love when we hear Streetfilms motivational stories from
around the globe. Our latest report comes out of Boulder, Colorado.

Last year, I traveled there for four days to document the city’s League of American Bicyclists Platinum Status.
As is usual on one of these trips, we try to designate one night for a screening of Streetfilms, and nearly 100 people turned out to an
event graciously hosted by local bike shop Full Cycle.

One of the films we screened was Portland’s "Intersection Repair." A few days ago I received an email from Cara Priem, who thanked us
for the event. "I was in attendance," she wrote, "and
was inspired by your ‘Intersection Repair’ video to do the same thing in
our Boulder neighborhood."

As reported by The Daily Camera,
that neighborhood is Martin Acres, in south Boulder, where residents
painted a 30′ by 30′ street mural a few weekends ago.

This is what Streetfilms is all about: trying to inspire, educate,
entertain, and inform through the medium of video, and providing a
resource for cities to see what others are doing better. If you’d like
to arrange a Streetfilms showing in your city and have a venue,
just drop us a line at info@streetfilms.org.

Finally, another Boulder news item. I just checked out a new film called "Boulder Bike Story," put together by
Mathew Barlow of Bikes Belong, which contained a startling fact: In 2008, Boulder devoted 46 percent of its transportation budget to
bikes, transit and pedestrians. If more cities were doing that kind of
funding split, we could solve a lot of problems fast.

  • Bouldus

    Well Clarence if public spending is your yardstick look no further. More than half of transportation spending in New York City is for transit, pedestrians and bicycles. Just like Boulder, by far the biggest share is for public transit. You can’t measure a commitment to bicycling by looking at public spending because bicycle infrastructure is cheap. That’s even true when it comes to big ticket bike paths on bridges, since paths on bridges add very little to the cost of building a new bridge or reconstructing an old one.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Don’t know where in my post I wrote that NYC wasn’t already doing that. And although improving bicycling is near the top of my desires, transit is very important so my comment isn’t just meant to focus on bicycles. The truth is if many small cities were doing what Boulder is doing with nearly half spent on those modes, we would be fixing alot of problems hands down. Maybe not all of them, but I stand by that statement any day.

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