Car Free Sunday. It happened twice in Hamburg this summer, once in June and again in September. It’s not an unusual thing, to close off a large segment of a major street to automobile traffic and open it up for pedestrians, cyclists, skaters and such. The NYC Department of Transportation has Car Free Summer, successive Saturday closings of Park Ave from the Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street and then into Central Park via 72nd. One of the things I found interesting about Car Free Sunday in Hamburg was that it was sponsored by the local transit system, the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV.) Continue reading
Park(ing) Day in Hamburg was extremely relaxed, as I’m sure it was in many other cities. Originating in San Francisco, activists and advocates reclaim parking spots on the street for pedestrian use for a day, clearly contrasting public space used for public purposes versus public spaced used for large parked private possessions. Hamburg was one of two German cities with Park(ing) Day participants, Munich being the other. This particular spot was organized by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy – Europe (ITDP,) an organization working for equitable forms of transportation as well as sustainable development in many different countries. Continue reading
Working from the ground up for changes in transportation policy in the United States means responding to years of automobile-driven policy and a political system that can be difficult for the average citizen to navigate. I think this article explains a little where we’re at right now.
As for a bit of background, I think it’s important to come clear with a few things. The purpose of this research is to help progress mass transit, pedestrian and bicycle advocacy work in NYC and the United States in general. This kind of research is certainly not unprecedented. Continue reading