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.

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Clarence Eckerson rounds out Streetfilms’ series on Boulder, Colorado with this long-form opus. Boulder was recently awarded a rare platinum rating from the League of American Bicyclists, and here we get a flavor for the city’s bike network and the story behind it. I like this telling detail: When it snows, Boulder’s bike paths get […]

Streetfilms: Contra-Flow Biking in Boulder

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Here’s the first Streetfilm from Clarence Eckerson’s trip to Boulder, Colorado, recent winner of the League of American Bicyclists’ Platinum status designation. This vid shows off a three-block contra-flow bike lane, connecting the Pearl Street pedestrian mall to a greenway network. Where in NYC might contra-flow lanes be useful?

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 […]

Streetfilms: JUMP Aboard the Boulder Bus

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The third Streetfilm in Clarence Eckerson’s Boulder series has a lot of good ideas for cities looking to make bus service a viable alternative to driving. In the words of former mayor Will Toor, Boulder’s bus system has evolved over the last 20 years from a "social service" to a mode "that can compete for […]

Report From Boulder, CO: A City That “Gets It”

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Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson, Jr. just returned from Boulder, Colorado — recent recipient of the League of American Bicyclists’ Platinum award for bike-friendliness. He writes: Boulder "gets it" big time — bicycling is important to its residents. So is a healthy walking and green living environment. But please note: this is not a car-free utopia — […]

Name That Bus Route: SKIRT Takes the Shirt

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There weren’t a lot of entries, but what contestants in Streetfilms’ first-ever t-shirt contest lacked in quantity, they made up for in pithiness.  Inspired by the Boulder, Colorado transit system, Clarence Eckerson challenged the Streetfilms audience to come up with zingy names for New York bus routes. He writes: For sheer ferociousness, I really loved […]