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:
- The Case For A Complete Street on Commercial Drive (January 2015)
- The Case For Bus Only Lanes on Georgia Street (August 2015)
- Is Hastings Street A Stroad? (September 2015)
- Intersection Repair: Pender St. & Abbott St. (September 2015)
- Transportation Infrastructure Capacity Guidelines: Metrics For Designing Infrastructure (October 2015)
We also published 14 articles:
- Critical Elements to Make Pedestrian Streets Work
- Results Driven Land Use Planning
- Stop Transportation Victim Blaming And Design Our Roads For The Results We Want
- Cost Effective Improvements for Better Transit Today
- Observation Data: Comparing Cycling in Vancouver to Cycling in Europe
- Create A Spontaneous Cycling Network
- Use Modular Design To Foster Flexible and Incremental City Building
- Lessons From Copenhagen: Key Ingredients For A Successful Public Space
- Edmonton’s 83rd Avenue Bike Lane Should Actually Be On Whyte Avenue
- Cycling Lessons Learned From Amsterdam That No One Talks About
- Right-Size Your City Spaces to Maximize Momentary Respite
- Lessons of Incremental Innovation in Southeast Asia
- Car-Free Zones in Vietnam
- Hanoi: Motorbikes, Specialization and Streetlife
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.
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.
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.
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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.