The city has waged a remarkably successful effort to get cars off its streets and reclaim walkable space. But it didn’t happen overnight.
For all the attention Paris gets for its transportation woes—awful smog, endless strikes, traffic jams—the city’s remarkable shift away from the car arguably deserves more.Wrap your head around this: in terms of mode share, driving within Paris city limits has dropped about 45 percent since 1990, according to a recent paper in the French journal Les Cahiers Scientifiques du Transport. Meanwhile, the share of cyclists has increased tenfold over the same timeframe. Transit’s mode share has risen by 30 percent.
For comparison’s sake, the share of trips made by car in New York City has shrunk since the 1990s, too. But about twice as many trips still take place inside a car. Check out the graph below, from the New York City Department of Transportation, to see how the cities’ mode share shifts stack up over time.
Bill is historic first step in creating the Great Redwood Trail master plan, addresses NCRA debt & liability concerns
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire’s landmark legislation that seeks to turn the crumbling 300 mile North Coast railroad line into the Great Redwood Trail passed the State Assembly today on a vote of 62 to 3. The bill will be voted on by the State Senate tomorrow and will then head to Governor Brown for his signature. The Trail, which would extend from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay, runs through some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth.
A month ago I observed a near accident on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Presently bicycle lanes are positioned between traffic and parking. Thi s is unsafe. When motorists swing in to a parking place it is easy to not notice a cyclist in the bike lane. In the incident I witnessed, a cyclist came within inches of loosing his life. San Francisco has a plan to upgrade the bike lanes between the curb and parking which adds additional protection to cyclists from auto traffic and reduces the risk of getting “doored” by a driver exiting a parked car. Unfortunately, San Francisco has been dragging its feet on this project. Thanks to efforts of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the City has now committed to completing the project by the end of the year. Activism matters.