Streetfilms: New York Bike-Share, Now in Previews

With the first anniversary of Vélib approaching and New York officially exploring the possibility of its own program, what better way to celebrate than trying out a free bike this weekend, courtesy of The New York Bike-Share Project. Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press dropped in to get reactions on the first day of this year’s event, which lasts through Monday.

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Free Bike Share Debuts on Governors Island

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Last Friday marked the first free bike share day on Governors Island, and Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press was on hand: Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), Transportation Alternatives and Bike and Roll have joined forces to create what they are calling New York City’s first sustained bike share program. Every Friday between June 6th and […]

Streetfilms: DC Bike-Share Hits the Ground Rolling

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With the first US bike-share system starting up just a short Amtrak ride away in Washington, DC, you know it wouldn’t take long for the Streetfilms crew to make the scene. This week, Elizabeth Press, Clarence Eckerson and Robin Urban Smith took the already-popular SmartBike DC for a spin, and talked to local citizens, advocates […]

Streetfilms: Michael Musto, Il Ciclista Dolce

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Village Voice entertainment columnist Michael Musto has been riding a bike in New York City for more than 25 years, long before it was fashionable or we had bike lanes and cycletracks. Musto has never had a driver’s license, and he tells us the bicycle is an advantage in his profession. Although he’s had his […]

StreetFilm: Trading Car Parking for Bike Racks

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Trading Car Parking for Bike RacksA StreetFilm by Clarence EckersonRunning Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds In a historic first for New York City, the Department of Transportation has removed on-street car parking spaces in favor of bike racks. This revolutionary development took place near the Bedford Avenue subway station in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Streetsblog has been […]

Streetfilms: Bike-Thru Banking in Boulder

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Here’s another Streetfilm from Clarence Eckerson’s trip to Boulder, Colorado, where Pueblo Bank & Trust "has been providing bicycle customers a bike drive-thru window for some time now, complete with a bike rack and H2O for thirsty travelers!" Although this is the first bank I’ve heard about, in Portland, Oregon there are a number of […]

Happy Birthday, Vélib

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Here’s another transportation policy success story from France. The Vélib bike-sharing system celebrates its one-year anniversary today. In April, Streetfilms’ Elizabeth Press was in Paris to learn more about it. Here is her video and report: On July 15, 2007 Paris debuted the world’s largest self-service "bicycle transit system" called Vélib outdoing previously designed bike […]