2015 Year in Review and the Year Ahead

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By Darren Proulx and Samuel Baron

Happy New Year from Slow Streets! 2015 was a very exciting year for Slow Streets. We began Slow Streets in September 2014 with a very simple idea: produce data on how people use our city streets and explore the ways we can make our streets perform better, in effect producing more value for the businesses and people that use them. As a public asset, we believe that streets should provide an important social function in our cities. This role is often neglected. We’d like to share some of our highlights from 2015 and some ideas about what to expect from Slow Streets in 2016.

2015 By the Numbers

In 2015, Slow Streets authored five major research publications:

We also published 14 articles:

Press and Media Coverage
We were incredibly honoured to have our research from these publications highlighted in various media platforms like Real Estate Weekly, Van City Buzz, Metro News, Breakfast Television and BCBusiness.

Perhaps, what we are most excited about is that the City of Vancouver is beginning consultations with the public regarding a separated bike lane on Commercial Drive. Slow Streets spoke about the need for separated cycling infrastructure on Commercial Drive with Redeye Radio Collective in February 2015. We’re beyond excited to potentially see our research contribute some momentum for much needed changes.

We also had our work featured south of the border in Policy Innovations Magazine and in on one of our all time favourite blogs Strong Towns.

Lastly, we had the opportunity to exhibit our research at SFU’s Researching the City conference, the Congress for New Urbanism Cascadia Summit and the Project For Public Space panel on Shared Streets.

2016 ahead:

On Jan. 23, 2016, Darren Proulx will be giving a presentation on behalf of Slow Streets in Edmonton for the University of Alberta Sustainability Summit.

Lastly, to stay up to date with us don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page!
Thank you for everyone’s support and we look forward to continuing our work and engaging with those who believe that our streets are some of our city’s most precious and valuable assets.


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