Over the last four years, New York City has seen a transportation renaissance on its streets, striking a better balance by providing more space for walking, biking, and transit.
As with any departure from the status quo, it can take a while for everyone to grow accustomed to the changes. So Streetfilms decided to look at three of NYC’s most recent re-designs — Columbus Avenue, First and Second Avenues, and Prospect Park West — and show how pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers benefit from safer, calmer streets. We talked to transportation engineers with decades of experience, elected leaders, community board members, people on the street, and business owners to get their take on the new configurations.
The truth is, no matter how hard some media outlets try to spin it otherwise, these new street safety projects have broad community support. And while the story of these changes often gets simplified in the press, the fact is that the benefits of the redesigns go far beyond cycling. A street with a protected bike lane also has less speeding, shorter pedestrian crossings, less lane-shifting and more predictable movements for drivers, and the opportunity to add more trees and plantings. Injuries to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and car passengers drop wherever the new designs go in. And on the East Side, these improvements have been paired with dedicated bus-only lanes with camera enforcement, making service more convenient and attractive for thousands of bus riders.
At 11 minutes, this is one of our longest Streetfilms. We cover a lot of ground here, and we hope it’s illuminating no matter what side of the issue you fall on.
Urbandaddy asked us to create an installation for the E2NY Music and Arts festival this summer. We proposed a head to head bike race inspired by Goldsprints, but with more of a design focus. We mapped forests, foxbears and orbs to the speed of the bikes, giving the riders a sense of their speed. Riders face off against friends, enemies and strangers to see who can ride the farthest in 60 seconds. The faster the cyclist, the more environments and creatures they unlock. A lucky few even made it into space, and one guy puked.
Among the choices of bike shops across Manhattan and Brooklyn, 718 Cyclery stands out for their unique approach to the customer and the bike they lovingly create for them. This is the Inverted Bike Shop.
We were honored to have our film selected in the official line up of the New York 2012 Bicycle Film Festival (bicyclefilmfestival.com).
The Bicycle Cap Film is a documentary about a love story between an old sewing machine and a bicycle.
It's also about a very special series of bicycle caps made by Spanish brand peSeta for the New Museum of New York City. caps only available at the New Museum shop (235 bowery, nyc).
springtime 2011, madrid.
directed by Zipi
produced by New Museum, peSeta and Leo Burnett
cinematography by Roberto San Eugenio
idea by Leo Burnett Iberia (Juan Sevilla Moreno)
music: "the longest day" by Megafaun from the album "Gather, Form and Fly". written by Megafaun, published by Strictly Confidential/Ed. de la Bascule. courtesy of Hometapes (http://www.home-tapes.com) and Crammed Discs (http://www.crammed.be)