Length: 8 min. 12 sec.
Clarence Eckerson’s latest StreetFilms piece focuses on Berkeley California’s bicycle boulevard network. It’s a great film and it shows that Berkeley is way ahead of Portland in creating slow, traffic-calmed streets that are safe and appealing for people (not just cars).
Three things Berkeley has that I’d love to see in Portland:
- They seem to have an entire, connected network of them.
- They use a consistent and unique color (Purple) on the main street signs and on special “Bicycle Boulevard” signs.
- They have huge symbols on the streets that have a bike icon, “BLVD” then an arrow. These make it absolutely clear to everyone to expect bicycles and slower traffic on these streets.
Someday I hope Portland’s dream to have more streets like these becomes a reality. Check out what the BTA is doing to make this happen.