On a recent swing through the northeast I spent some time comparing and contrasting the bicycle infrastructure in Boston (where I used to live) and Cambridge. For those who don’t know the area well, Boston is renowned for its bicycle unfriendliness. Indeed, it has consistently been ranked one of the worst cities for bicycling for more than a decade (click here to see how they are trying to overcome that).
Cambridge, just across the river from Boston, presents an alternate universe. The city is far more bicycle friendly, as it has been investing in bicycle infrastructure for quite some time. The above shows a physically-separated bicycle lane along Vassar Street, which bisects the MIT campus. Modeled after uber successful European “cycle tracks,” the designated lane seems to be quite successful in improving visibility, connection, and safety priority for intermediate and beginner bicyclists.
Don’t hold your breath, but a similar type of facility is now being proposed for North Miami Avenue, which provides a crucial north-south link into downtown, one that would provide relief from the decidely unfriendly Biscayne Boulevard.
Our Pic O’ the Day brings us back home to downtown Miami. Below you are looking at Wind by Neo, as shot from the Miami Avenue bridge. During the last Bike Miami Days I was tipped off that because the neighboring property owner was in foreclosure and therefore would not be building anytime soon, the city/developer of Wind sought to improve the blank white wall staring at the Miami River. Apparently, the best they could do was paint a parking garage mural….on the parking garage. I think Miami just one-upped itself.
I know, we’ve been slacking on some of our regular features, but trust me, we’ll be back on a normal schedule within the next few weeks. In any case, this new modern metro is one of my favorite examples of how well streetcars/LRT can be integrated with the surroundings and park space. Although this picture is devoid of pedestrians, I can assure you this area is bustling with activity today. Can anyone name the city?
Streetcars, Trams, Light Rails. Call them what you may, but these devices resolve the simple task of effectively moving people around densely populated urban centers. In the spirit of keeping the Miami streetcar alive (which I assure you will not resemble the picture below) this week with a swift defeat of Norm’s frivolous lawsuit against the Miami mega plan, we bring you today’s Pic o’ the Day. Can anyone name this city?
There are certain critical factors which create a functional street. This street, exemplifies what the urban center of a small town should resemble. Let’s get interactive and discuss some of the qualities which make this such a functional urban space.
Also, Can anyone name the town?
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