Why a roundabout at Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont is good for everyone

We already knew roundabouts, used widely in Europe and other locales, were better for fuel efficiency and safety, but according to a recent mythbusters episode, they are more efficient for motorists, too. By about 20%. In our 2011 Lakeview Area Master Plan, we proposed a traffic bean with pedestrian islands to improve traffic flow and make…

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moss Team Rocks Bike Commuter Challenge

June 8–14, 2013 was Chicago’s Bike Commuter Challenge, a week where Active Transportation Alliance encouraged offices to log their commutes in methods other than private vehicle. Participating offices were categorized by number of employees for fairness’ sake, and the whole point of the challenge was to get people both more active during their commutes, and to reduce…

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http://www.dezeen.com/2013/01/03/blue-plan-for-copenhagen-harbour-by-tredje-natur/

Link-asaurus #7: Driverless Cars and Artificial Islands

source: “Blue Plan” in Copenhagen, from PK3 and Tredje Natur, from Dezeen.com Audi got blessings from the forces that be to begin test driving its driverless cars on public streets. There are many implications of the entry of driverless cars into our daily commutes. More texting with less accidents is one. Perhaps decreased emissions from…

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Friday Favorites: Bikes Lanes

We love bikes a lot at moss, and we’re endlessly fascinated with how cities make themselves more bicycle friendly. From cities built long before cars were invented to towns designed around them, every place presents a unique set of challenges to urban planners seeking to promote this excellent form of free transportation and climate-friendly exercise. This…

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Help Us Build a Parklet in Andersonville! (UPDATED 06/07)

Three years ago, we held Chicago’s first PARK(ing) Day in Lakeview, where we transformed a few parking spaces into a fun, public green space for a summer day. Now, we, along with Studio Murmur,  eco-Andersonville and the Andersonville Development Corporation, are excited to announce a semi-permanent iteration of PARK(ing) Day: a parklet in Andersonville at…

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PARK(ing) Day 2011 is Friday, September 16th in Lakeview

We are reclaiming urban public space for people on PARK(ing) Day, Friday, September 16, 2011 from 9am to 5pm.  The designed “PARK(ing) spaces”, metered parking spaces converted into temporary green parks, will be located in front of Southport Grocery, 3552 North Southport Avenue.  The ‘park’ will feature a bicycle repair station, live music, and a…

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PARK(ing) Day in 30 Days

Our third annual PARK(ing) Day installation at Southport and Addison is on Friday, September 16, 2011, 9a-5p (video above is a mashup from our 2009 park-ification). This is totally going to be the best year yet!  On site bicycle repair, in-park dining tables, live music, and food. Be sure to be there to help us…

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UPDATE: The Low-Line, The Bright Underbelly of the El

The Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP) will be revealed tonight, but there is one element that I think deserves special attention. When research began on the project we were out surveying neighborhood inventory, like bike racks, streetscape environments, facade conditions, and public space.  After investigating we found that Lakeview contains only .2 acres of open…

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