Blast from the past: BikeTV visits Pedalpalooza in 2005

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Live from 2005.
(Image: BikeTV)

These days, many people know Clarence Eckerson as the guy behind Streetfilms, the beautifully produced series of web videos about livable streets and transportation reform.

But back in 2005, he was honing those skills as the creator of BikeTV, a local cable show in New York City — and he happened to stop in Portland for the Multnomah County Bike Fair that closed the fourth annual Pedalpalooza festival. Eckerson wrote us today to mention that he was recently uploading some old DVDs, came across the footage below and thought we’d enjoy it.

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In London, ’20’s plenty’ fast enough

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Sounds reasonable to me.

Streetfilms has a new video on 20’s Plenty for us, a campaign in the U.K. working to make 20 mph the standard speed limit in residential areas. The campaign is catching on quickly, with more and more U.K. cities adopting the policy all the time. Given that PBOT might be considering a legislative fix to wrest greater control of speed limits from ODOT, and the fact that Mayor Sam Adams has already shown an interest in reducing speed limits and has made safety his number one transportation priority, this could be an idea that catches on here in Portland.

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A major dose of inspiration from Copenhagen

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A new Streetfilm (watch it below) taken during the recent Velo-City Global conference in Copenhagen is like a refuge in a storm.

Here in Portland (and across the country), we still struggle with resentment over bike lanes, a local media that’s happy to stir it up, people wanting to ban bikes completely because they’re simply in the way, people on bikes who can’t be bothered to slow down for other bike traffic, and public transit employees whose actions and words make our streets less safe for people on bikes.

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An homage to Streetfilms: 200 films and countless inspirations

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clarence Eckerson, BikeTV

Clarence and his camera.
(Photo © J. Maus)
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We’ve featured many films from the crew at Streetfilms over the years. Their pioneering work — which has highlighted everything from ciclovias to separated bikeways — has had a major impact on the national and global livable streets movement.

Earlier this week, Streetfilms’ head provocateur, filmmaker Clarence Eckerson, sent word that they had published their 200th film. To celebrate this milestone, they put together a fun, 3-minute promo video that features highlights from their most memorable moments and a montage of the personalities that have graced their lens.

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