Weekly Reading: Reclaimed Streets

"If you're serious about urban cycling, you need to have cycletracks. Because women, children and seniors are smarter than men and need separation to feel safe." -Brent Toderian, ribbing the existing cyclists at the DSA breakfast this past week. Both locally and nationally, cities are learning how to build a better bike lane, and, who knows, it may just make our cities more productive.

"Every thing we looked at didn't actually do anything for Poynton, it just moved traffic faster." So they removed the traffic signals altogether. An amazing shared space success story from England.

LA, which continues to shed it's autocentric image, opened its first parklet last week. Modest, but lovely.

For a moment, the urban street was reclaimed by nature, in the form of a coyote, reports Seattle's Chuck Wolfe. We've heard rumors that one of the landscape architects in the article is from SvR.

Finally, thanks to Bob Anderton from Washington Bike Law for the transporting video that takes us to the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Regardless of language, the desire for a better transportation future seems universal.