By Roy L Hales
Clarence Eckerson Jr. of Streetfilms was on vacation. He just happened to step out on Market Street, with a camera, when a sea of bikes took over San Francisco. The city encourages this. They hope to see 20% of all commutes within the city make by bicycle by 2020. This is just one of San Francisco’s innovative Street Solutions.
Why is San Francisco So Innovative?
This is the second densest city of the nation, in terms of population. San Francisco is also hilly.
In recognition of these facts, the county Board of Supervisors adopted a transit first forty years ago.
“San Francisco has good bones for sustainable transportation… Walkable neighbourhoods. We have a city that was built around streetcars,” said Tom Radulovich, Executive Director of Livable City,
They kept there light rail and cablecars, while the rest of North America was discarding them in the rush to adopt automobiles.
“There is a tactical urbanism, which we’ve been quite good at. What can we do at a low cost with stuff that’s reversible: With paint on the street; With bollards; The cheap stuff. Everything in San Francisco these pilots is a pilot, which is great,” says Radulovich.
“Perhaps the city’s most exciting new development has been the parklet program, which converts parking spaces into public space complete with tables, chairs, art, and greenery. These mini-parks are adopted and paid for by local businesses, but they remain public space. The concept has its roots in the PARK(ing) Day phenomenon started by the SF-based Rebar Group in 2005,” adds Eckerson.
He offers a glimpse into an innovative city through two videos from Steetfilms.
All images and videos are from Streetfilms.