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Designing the 21st Century Street

I recently stumbled upon the results of an interesting competition, aimed at both students (k-12) and professionals, to redesign the street of the 21st century. The competition focused on re-prioritising pedestrian and bike movement over vehicles while creating habitable, interactive and a ammnetiy rich environment within the no-mans land of a typical intersection in Brooklyn, New York.

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Streets Come Alive by team LEVON

Some great ideas throughout the submissions such as, subtle changes in paving to redefine ownership and my favourite, moving the bike lane into the centre of the road and letting the car weave around them.

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Shared Space by Steven Nutter

Head on over to the competition site to get a better look at the entries.. 21st Century Street.

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“Casual Carpooling” in San Fransisco…

“The single largest transport resource … in the entire country, are the empty seats in everyone’s car.” —Randy Rentschler

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Every weekday, between 6:00 and 9:30 in the morning, a stream of cars and a line of pedestrian commuters converge at a Safeway supermarket in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California. Without a single raised thumb, the individual passengers fill the empty seats in the waiting vehicles. Once a car has three people, it jumps onto the nearby Highway 24, bound for the Bay Bridge. Thirty minutes later, the Rockridge cars drop off their passengers in San Francisco. Once in the city, riders walk to work or hop on city buses. It’s unregulated, efficient carpooling with total strangers.

This practice is appropriately known as “casual carpool” by locals. To anyone who’s tried to manage a daily commute from East Bay communities like Oakland or Berkeley into San Francisco, the benefits are immediately apparent. The passengers are freed from the rigid schedule of the Bay Area Rapid Transit trains. Missing a BART train can mean waiting 15 minutes for the next one, but the carpooling spots have a steady stream of cars, allowing for a fluidly unscheduled commute. The drivers, by carrying a carload of three or more people, get to use the fast, toll-free carpool lane for High Occupancy Vehicles on the Bay Bridge. They skip a $4 toll and the gridlocked traffic that builds up at the tollbooths.

via GOOD

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