Blast from the past: BikeTV visits Pedalpalooza in 2005

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 13th, 2016 at 1:08 pm


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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PBOT director co-stars in Safe Routes Streetfilm

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 18th, 2013 at 9:12 am

The best cure for gloominess about the progress of active transportation in Portland is Safe Routes to School.

As the newest Streetsfilm shows, the program has been a huge success here. One in ten Portland youngsters bike to school (ten times the national average) and three in ten walk (three times the average).

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In London, ’20’s plenty’ fast enough

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 1st, 2010 at 9:14 am

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.[Read more…]

A major dose of inspiration from Copenhagen

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 26th, 2010 at 11:23 am

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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New from Streetfilms: Bike Rush Hour on the Hawthorne Bridge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 29th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Filmmaker Clarence Eckerson on the
Hawthorne Bridge last week.
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Streetfilms‘ Clarence Eckerson was in Portland recently for Filmed by Bike. While he was here, he teamed up with Dan Kaufman from Crank My Chain CycleTV to put together a new, 3-plus minute film that takes a look at “Bike Rush Hour” on Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge.[Read more…]

An homage to Streetfilms: 200 films and countless inspirations

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 9th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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.[Read more…]