For the end of this year, Streetfilms decided to do something fun: ask some of the most influential livable streets advocates, personalities, journalists and web folk which of the 90 films we produced this year impacted them most. Since we hit our millionth visitor this week and have recorded close to 2.5 million videos plays – hurrah! – it was a way to pat ourselves on the back, but also a unique way to review the year that was 2009 and let new fans know what they may have missed.
The choices were extremely diverse (only a few films got multiple mentions) which frankly surprised us. It would seem the popularity of some films, didn’t necessarily make them the most popular in the minds of our voters. Thanks to all the picks. Hopefully we can make lots more in 2010, have a Happy New Year!
Jeff Mapes (author, Pedaling Revolution): "I like Rush Hour on the Hawthorne Bridge the best. You so nicely captured the feel of something I know a lot about, having biked over that bridge in rush hour literally hundreds of times."
Laura Flanders (GRITtv): "For best series, the Brazil trilogy (ASCOBIKE, Curitiba’s BRT, Jaime Lerner) was wonderful, [but] best one off: Scraper Bikes: Bike 4 Life Ride. Kids creating positive subculture, biking, and hip hop? This was just great."
Donald Shoup (professor, author "The High Cost of Free Parking"): "I vote for Bicycle Boulevards for NYC. They seem like the most cost effective way for cities to make cycling easier, safer, and more enjoyable."
Gil Peñalosa (Executive Director, Walk & Bike for Life): "If an image is worth a thousand words, the Streetfilms site is worth billions. NYC DOT Explains Bike Lanes in the Big Apple shows that one size does not fit all [when it comes to bike facilities]."
Christine Berthet (über activist, Hell’s Kitchen): "Veronica Moss in Times Square. She’s just too much!"
Michael Graham Richard (editor Cars & Transportation, Treeghugger): "Copenhagen’s Climate-Friendly, Bike-Friendly Streets. The bike capital of the world can teach us a lot about how we can make our cities much better for people and the environment. Let’s pay attention."
Kerri Martin (founder, Second Life Bikes): "I love that Streetfilms takes us to places like The High Bridge: a gem of a walkway in our corner of the world that most of us have never been on but can dream for its opening and help work towards that possibility."
Elly Blue (Managing Editor, BikePortland): "My favorite shows Mark Gorton wading out into embattled crosswalks yelling ‘How rude! Can you believe these people?’ Way to point out that the 300lb moonwalking bear in the room has no clothes."
Eric Britton (and the World Streets team): "Ahem. Let me open the envelope here….the Gold goes to: Meet Veronica Moss, A.U.T.O. Lobbyist. For sheer thoughtfulness and political daring, the Silver goes to: Jaime Lerner on Making Curitiba’s First Pedestrian Street. And on the grounds that no one but no one can resist him: Enrique Peñalosa Brings Inspiration to Boston gets the Bronze.
Carla Saulter (columnist, Bus Chick, Transit Authority): "Scraper Bikes. I have a secret weakness for macked out cars–candy paint, big wheels, hydraulics, the whole nine – and I love seeing this same energy directed at a form of travel I can actually respect.
Shin-pei Tsay (Deputy Director, Transportation Alternatives) "There’s no better way to see how far we’ve come in such a short time than to witness people, let alone the founder of the Congressional Bike Caucus, Earl Blumenauer, happily and safely bike around NYC."
Clarence Eckerson Jr. (Director, Streetfilms): "The Transformation of Madison Square. I really didn’t want to pick one of my own, but I so loved being there on a balmy February. I tried hard to translate that energy."
Robin Urban Smith (Associate, Streetfilms): "Seattle’s Bus Chick. I love the personal and charming story of this bus enthusiast. I’m also a sucker for the bus graphics!
If you want to leave your own personal pick for favorite Streetfilm of 2009 please do so in the comments field. And if you have suggestions for places we should visit or subjects to tackle next year, feel free to start a list.