Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

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An empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning our cities, from a pioneer in the movement for safer, more livable streets

As New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan managed the seemingly impossible and transformed the streets of one of the world’s greatest, toughest cities into dynamic spaces safe for pedestrians and bikers. Her approach was dramatic and effective: Simply painting a part of the street to make it into a plaza or bus lane not only made the street safer, but it also lessened congestion and increased foot traffic, which improved the bottom line of businesses. Real-life experience confirmed that if you know how to read the street, you can make it function better by not totally reconstructing it but by reallocating the space that’s already there.
     Breaking the street into its component parts, Streetfight demonstrates, with step-by-step visuals, how to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding. Achieving such a radical overhaul wasn’t easy, and Streetfight pulls back the curtain on the battles Sadik-Khan won to make her approach work. She includes examples of how this new way to read the streets has already made its way around the world, from pocket parks in Mexico City and Los Angeles to more pedestrian-friendly streets in Auckland and Buenos Aires, and innovative bike-lane designs and plazas in Austin, Indianapolis, and San Francisco. Many are inspired by the changes taking place in New York City and are based on the same techniques. Streetfight deconstructs, reassembles, and reinvents the street, inviting readers to see it in ways they never imagined.
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 0525429840


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Mark_Daly Jun 22, 2016

"Road rage directed at bike riders obscures the underlying design flaws of streets that bring riders, walkers, and drivers into conflict in the first place."

Mark_Daly Jun 14, 2016

"When you push the status quo, it pushes back, hard."

Mark_Daly Jun 14, 2016

"As our cities grow, leaders and the people they serve cannot accept dysfunctional streets; they must fight to change them."


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Oct 21, 2019

The author has some really good take aways on reinventing how streets work and restoring the balance between cars and alternative modes of transportation. I liked the way she used data to prove her successes and how she overcame barriers to achieve her vision. Will make you look differently at your neighbourhood streets.

Sep 12, 2016

I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment of the book, but it's too bad the author is such a poor writer. Very self promotional. No mention of noise, one para about lighting. PS: I did hear the author speak at Lansdowne Park earlier this year.

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easyxtarget thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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