How to change the streets of American cities
• How to change the streets of American cities
The American edition Streetsblog USA, specializing in the transformation of the urban environment, announced the results of the year, was named the winner of the contest Streetsie Awards 2015.
Often heard the opinion that Russia is very similar to the US, saying that cumbersome bureaucratic system, police state, corporations, lobby, car kingdom, and so on. Read the story about the nominations American urbanists and try to find differences.
In the nomination "The best reconstruction of a city street," won by the Department of Transportation project of New York Queens Boulevard to turn the site into the street, comfortable for pedestrians and cyclists. Now he realized at the site of Roosevelt Avenue and 73 th Street (about 2, 1 km). Until 2021 it is planned to extend it in two stages for a few more miles.
The developers of the project objectives were to calm the traffic in the streets, stand-ins, save 6 lanes on the main road, but get rid of the boulevard features inherent highway. Now Boulevard became convenient for all participants of traffic. Bicycle paths are now protected by bars and pedestrians have their own band, the highlight color.
Implementation of the new infrastructure has allowed to reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians. Once Queens Boulevard was known as the Boulevard of Death Boulevard of Broken Bones, now a popular name will remain in history.
The winners in the category "Villain of the Year" became Koch brothers (the Koch brothers), representatives of the influential family of American businessmen and politicians and heads of corporations Koch Industries. With their support, and thanks to the lobby was auto dealers is minimized high-speed bus line project in Nashville (capital of the state of Tennessee). They also sponsor an information attack on the Boston public transport system, undermining the possibility of its further expansion and lobbying for its partial privatization.
High-speed bus in Nashville, a project
Koch brothers did not like Boston Metrotram
Imagine what would happen if a beautiful Boston trolley will be given at the mercy of private traders! But Russia and Ukraine will be much more to deliver "Lasik" and "Bogdan", when in our cities will win a modern public transport.
Now Koch brothers are going to prevent the emergence of high-speed bus to Albuquerque.
High-speed bus to Albuquerque, the project
By the way, among other things various Koch Industries units engaged in oil refining and production of electronics and various synthetic materials, so that the interest of the brothers in the growth of car sales is understandable.
In the nomination "spillikins" Houston won power, which expanded to unimaginable Katie Highway 23 lanes. At one of the sites where the bands 26, this highway has become the most extensive in the world. What is the most ridiculous, the velocity on it after the expansion is not only not increased, but on the contrary - has slowed sharply, by 30% immediately. Given that the road works cost the budget $ 2, 8 billion, Houston, on Streetsblog expression "put up a monument meaninglessness expand the highway."
Isolation Katy Freeway to the Sam Houston Parkway
Federal Office of US highways (Federal Highway Administration) won in the category "Signs of progress" for the proposal to introduce a new standard street design. The old standards, such as ample 3, a 65-meter strip and "free area" on the road (or safety zone - broad shoulder intended for exit and stop vehicles), which led to an increase in flow velocity on the highway, can go into the past. But while regulatory documents have not yet taken.
The winner in the nomination "disappointing year" became the new bill on the costs in the transport sector over the next 5 years. According to the publication the authors, is an obsolete document, according to which most of the funds will be directed to the construction of new highways. In turn, the absence of a new fuel tax will further increase the number of cars in the USA and, as a consequence, increase in power consumption.
In the nomination "The most striking victory tactical urbanism" in the first place - Boston snow tunnel.
Cyclists from Boston, who are tired of the authorities do not wish to clean the bicycle lane in the winter, a breakthrough in the five-meter real velotunnel snowdrift blocked their way to the Wellington station.