Austin: Turn Your Big Brains to Finding Opportunities to Repurpose and Remake Space for People

There have been some incredible new pedestrian and bicycle designs in the past decade, from New York City’s rebirth of an old and abandoned elevated rail line into The High Line:
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and NYC’s reinvention of parks and pedestrian and bicycle interactions:

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to Dallas’ Kyle Warren Park “cap” over a depressed freeway:

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So we decided to check in and see what new and interesting ideas are emerging that go above and beyond a simple bike lane or pathway. Here are some of our favorites:

The Dutch have a cycle path made entirely of solar panels. This may be a great “double duty” thing as long as there aren’t so many cyclists that they shade the panels.

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Inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night, The’ Netherlands built this bike path using LED lights.

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There are also grand redesigns of places. We mentioned NYC’s Times Square. Here are four others, including Mexico City’s New Historic Center (pictured below).

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Physically separating pedestrians and bicyclists from cars is becoming the preferred approach. Everyone feels safer, including motorists who worry bicyclists and pedestrians are unpredictable. Even Kansas City, MS (pictured below) is “experimenting” with the separate spaces.

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And maybe it will become closer to our favorite pedestrian and bike infrastructure in NYC (pictured below).

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