Clarence Eckerson Jr.
Clarence Eckerson Jr. is the Director of Video Production for NYCSR's StreetFilms and producer of bikeTV. He loves the color purple, chocolate chip cookies, and enjoys walking, biking, and taking transit. He has never owned a driver's license.
Two years ago, Barcelona announced it would transform chunks of its street grid to prioritize people over cars. The method: superblocks. When American planners think of superblocks, they probably think of big parcels that disrupt the pedestrian network and discourage walking. Barcelona’s superblocks are different. They only limit motor vehicle movement, which makes walking and biking easier and opens […]
As recently as 2006, almost no one in Seville got around by bicycle. The city’s bike network was nearly non-existent. When the leaders of this city of 700,000 in Andalusia decided to make bicycling a viable transportation option, they didn’t mess around — they built an 80-kilometer bike network in just 18 months — and that was just the […]
Here's a short video explanation. of NYC DOT's pilot program to let cyclists use the same head start as pedestrians at 50 intersections with "leading pedestrian intervals."
New York is facing its most serious transportation challenge in decades. Subway reliability is way down, and the bus system is shedding riders at an alarming rate. And because transit is so unreliable, today New York is accommodating growth in cars, in the form of the tens of thousands of Uber and Lyft vehicles we […]
Tired of waiting for local governments to fix dangerous conditions, in many cities everyday citizens are practicing DIY traffic-calming to make streets safer for walking and biking. Some are forming “Departments of Transformation” to show others how to implement low-cost interventions, like traffic cones, to slow drivers down. Often these installations are quickly removed by […]
This Streetfilm was a pure joy to make, and it really snuck up on me. Nijmegen, a small Dutch city, was never on my radar. But I found myself in town last month for the Velo-City 2017 conference, and it was a marvel. The car-free center of Nijmegen is full of street life. Kids play and ride bikes without […]
At Transportation Alternatives' Vision Zero Cities conference, I got to spend a few minutes chatting with Anna Luten about her role as Amsterdam's "bicycle mayor" -- a sort of ambassador, spokesperson, and inter-agency operative for bicycling in her city. I wondered if we could do the same in NYC.
In 2015, the newly elected city government of Oslo, Norway, announced its intention to make the downtown car-free by 2019. I immediately put it on my list of places to check out for Streetfilms. Last fall I made the trip, not knowing exactly what I’d find. There are a number of reasons Oslo is looking to shift away […]
The unsung hero of San Francisco is the humble city bus, which moves more than 400,000 people through the city every day. This didn’t happen by accident — the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) have taken a systematic, rider-centric approach to improving bus service across the city. This policy and implementation effort, dubbed “Muni Forward,” […]
Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in America, and it is making bold investments to ensure most residents live within walking distance of frequent transit. “Seattle can’t handle any more cars than we currently have,” says Seattle DOT Director Scott Kubly. “Our mode split needs to go from 30 percent single occupancy vehicle to 25 percent, and the […]