Speed Bumps

At the Museum of the City of New York, Vincent Cianni’s bracing photos show how a group of teens on Williamsburg’s south side organized to get a skate park built in the shadowy wasteland beneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. If these kids can persuade City Hall to let them shape their own terrain, imagine what five boroughs’-worth of block associations, business improvement districts and Livable Streets advocates can accomplish. Check out the show, We Skate Hardcore, and get the wheels turning. It closes August 6. 

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Streetfilm: Paris Skates!

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Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press kicks off a series of videos about livable streets in Paris with this look at the city’s two weekly romps on skates — roller-versions of Critical Mass that attract up to 15,000 participants. Notice that the police are an essential part of the proceedings (and they seem to have fun doing it […]

Ciclovia: Is NYC Ready?

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With a successful Bike Month now behind us and a spectacular Tour de Brooklyn completed, we perhaps have an opportunity to dream bigger for how we can celebrate our bicyclists, our streets and communities in this city. I was recently in Bogotá for their weekly Ciclovia event and experienced first hand what may be one […]

When Cycling Becomes the Norm

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Following up on Sarah’s post this morning, here’s a Bike to Work Week special from Mikael Colville Andersen, the mastermind behind Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic. Colville Andersen’s blogs are like extended odes to urban cycling and bike culture, and in this vid he shows what bicycling looks like when it’s seen as a "normal" […]