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Streetfilms MBA: Congestion Pricing


Streetfilms has launched a new series of videos, Moving Beyond the Automobile. As Streetfilms releases each video in the series, we’ll be posting them here for you to enjoy.

In the fifth chapter of “Moving Beyond the Automobile,” we demystify the concept of congestion pricing in just five short minutes. Here you’ll learn why putting a price on scarce road space makes economic sense and how it benefits many different modes of surface transportation.

In London, which successfully implemented congestion pricing in 2003, drivers now get to their jobs faster, transit users have improved service, cyclists have better infrastructure, and pedestrians have more public space. More people have access to the central city, and when they get there, the streets are safer and more enjoyable. While the politics of implementing congestion pricing are difficult, cities looking to tame traffic and compete in the 21st century can’t afford to ignore a transportation solution that addresses so many problems at once.

Streetfilms would like to thank The Fund for the Environment & Urban Life for making this series possible.

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Streetfilms: Floating Parking

Streetfilms posted this video about floating parking and separated cycletracks.

In this configuration, parking sits away from the curb with a buffer between it and a bike lane that sits against the curb. This configuration protects cyclists from auto traffic on the roadway while also creating a buffer to keep drivers and cyclists from conflict in the “door zone.”

We could do this on Broadway quite easily.

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Streetfilms MBA: Bus Rapid Transit


Streetfilms has launched a new series of videos, Moving Beyond the Automobile. As Streetfilms releases each video in the series, we’ll be posting them here for you to enjoy.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) provides faster and more efficient service than an ordinary bus. “These systems operate like a surface subway, say BRT advocates, but cost far less than building an actual metro.” Watch this chapter of Moving Beyond the Automobile to learn about the key features of bus rapid transit systems around the world and how BRT helps shift people out of cars and taxis and into buses.

Streetfilms would like to thank The Fund for the Environment & Urban Life for making this series possible.

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Streetfilms MBA: Car Sharing


Streetfilms has launched a new series of videos, Moving Beyond the Automobile. As Streetfilms releases each video in the series, we’ll be posting them here for you to enjoy.

In the third episode of Moving Beyond the Automobile, we take a look at a more efficient way to use a car. Car sharing allows users to evaluate the full cost of each car trip, which encourages them to decide what the most appropriate mode choice is for a specific trip.

Zipcar, a leading global car sharing organization, reports that members walk and bike 10-15% more than they did before joining Zipcar. They also report that members save $600 a month when they choose car sharing over owning a private automobile.

So while car sharing isn’t exactly “Moving Beyond the Automobile,” it is a great way for cities and individuals to help make the transportation network more efficient and become less dependent on owning a private cars.

(Note: This series is made possible by funding from the Fund for The Environment & Urban Life.)

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Streetfilms MBA: Bicycling


Streetfilms has launched a new series of videos, Moving Beyond the Automobile. As Streetfilms releases each video in the series, we’ll be posting them here for you to enjoy.

For the second chapter in our Moving Beyond the Automobile series we’ll take a look at bicycling. More and more people are choosing to cycle for at least part of their commute in cities across the world. Leading the way in the United States, Portland, Oregon is up to a daily bike count of 17,000 riders! For this video we spent some time with leading thinkers in New York, San Francisco and Portland to discuss the direct relationship between providing safe cycling infrastructure and the number of people biking. The benefits of cycling are simple. Biking helps reduce congestion, air pollution, meet climate action goals and makes for healthier communities.

(Note: This series is made possible by funding from The Oram Foundation’s Fund for The Environment & Urban Life.)

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Streetfilms MBA: Transit Oriented Development


Streetfilms has launched a new series of videos, Moving Beyond the Automobile. As Streetfilms releases each video in the series, we’ll be posting them here for you to enjoy.

For the first chapter in our Moving Beyond the Automobile series we’ll take a look at Transit-Oriented Development, more commonly known by its “TOD” acronym in transportation industry circles. TOD is a high-density, mixed-use residential area with access to ample amounts of transportation. There are usually many transportation nodes within its core and contains a walkable and bike-able environment.

We decided to take a look across the Hudson River at New Jersey’s east coast where over the last two decades the amount of development has been booming. Transportation options are as diverse as you can get: the Hudson-Bergen light-rail, multiple ferry lines, PATH station, NJ Transit commuter trains, and buses are all plentiful, while in some areas car ownership is as low as 40% to 45%.

(Note: This series is made possible by funding from The Oram Foundation’s Fund for The Environment & Urban Life.)

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Meet Zozo

Streetfilms has launched a new website aimed at teaching kids about car-free transportation. Meet Zozo:

Today we are happy to announce that Zozo, our purple, livable streets mascot finally has his own website! Just go to meetzozo.com to check out all ten of the Zozo shorts – including films about walking, biking, car sharing and transit as Zozo walks the streets of Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY.

It’s very educational for the youngest ones in your home, but it’s also about Zozo being his Zozo fun self and there’s lots in here that will make the adults smile too. Our staff here at Streetfilms shot & edited all of these and here we present you with a funny montage featuring outtakes and other fun moments that didn’t make the cut. As you will see, Zozo is a charmer.

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San Francisco left turn bike lane

The Wiggle” is one of San Francisco’s most beloved and cherished bike routes and guides riders the easiest way between two nasty hills.

[T]he SF DOT striped a unique combo to aid cyclist’s safety and sanity. A green bike box on Scott Street – believed to be California’s first – allows riders to safely wait and queue up for a dedicated left-hand turn lane which runs the length of the entire next block.

Via: StreetFilms.

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Streetfilms looks at Phoenix Light Rail and Seattle Streetcars

Streetfilms looks at the new light rail line in Phoenix as well as the new streetcar line in Seattle.

Streetfilms | Phoenix METRO Light Rail

The Valley Metro light rail line is a 20-mile starter line with 28 stations serving Downtown Phoenix and the suburbs of Tempe and Mesa. The Metro line has exceeded expectations carrying 40,000 passengers per day.

Streetfilms | Seattle Streetcar

Seattle’s South Lake Union Streetcar is 1.3 miles long and opened in December 2007. It carried half a million passengers in its first year. On July 18th a new light rail line opens connecting the southern end of the streetcar line to the SeaTac Airport.

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