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Keynote presentation for the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition in Palo Alto, California, April 17, 2012.

Keynote presentation for the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition in Palo Alto, California, April 17, 2012.

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  • 1. Hacking the City Aaron Naparstek Silicon Valley Bike Coalition Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Palo Alto
  • 2. Honku: Where it all began…Clinton Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
  • 3. Life on Clinton Street. PBS “Life 360” with Michel Martin, July 2002.
  • 4. One day the honking pushed me over the edge.
  • 5. Honking doesn’t solve this problem.(Note: This isnt Clinton Street. Its Broadway. Same problem.)
  • 6. Eggs on the street.
  • 7. The incident left me shaken.
  • 8. I realized I needed a new solution.
  • 9. You from New JerseyHonking in front of my house In your S.U.V.
  • 10. When the light turns greenLike a leaf on a spring wind The horn blows quickly
  • 11. Gas-guzzler flying little American flagsthe Saudis thank you
  • 12. Your Ford Exploreron a never-ending quest for a parking spot
  • 13. Honku goes viral.
  • 14. Oh, Jeezus ChryslerWhats all the damned honking, Ford? Please shut the truck up
  • 15. What keeps me from justpelting your honking auto with rotting garbage?
  • 16. You dont like honking?Then why live in the city tilting at windmills
  • 17. I came out of the closet.
  • 18. The virtual “Lamppost.”
  • 19. People start brainstorming solutions
  • 20. Honku was, literally, the Talk of the Town.
  • 21. The obvious next step: Book deal. Who will play me in the movie?
  • 22. My first livable streets activism. PBS “Life 360” with Michel Martin, July 2002.
  • 23. And on the second day He said, "Let their be light." And so it was.
  • 24. Windshield Perspective. TK Cartoon by Ian Lockwood.
  • 25. Our planning, design and engineering was producing this. Typical Midtown Manhattan street scene, circa 2005
  • 26. And producing this…
  • 27. So how do we make change?
  • 28. We organize.
  • 29. Another way to make change: Be the change. Hack the city.
  • 30. An inspiration: Park(ing) DayRebar Groups first Park(ing) installation in San Francisco, Sept. 2005
  • 31. The Park(ing) concept really resonated. “Public space reclamation in progress.” May 2006, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
  • 32. Rebar turned Park(ing) Day into an open source project.
  • 33. Park(ing) Day 200647 parks13 cities3 countries Midtown Manhattan
  • 34. Park(ing) Day 2007200 parks50 cities9 countries Athens, Georgia
  • 35. Park(ing) Day 2008600 parks100 cities13 countries Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 36. Park(ing) Day 2009700+ parks140 cities21 countries Krakow, Poland
  • 37. Park(ing) Day 2010800+ parks183 cities30 countries Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 38. Park(ing) Day 2011975 parks162 cities35 countries Ahmedabad, India
  • 39. Park(ing) Day World MapAntarctica remains un-reclaimed.
  • 40. Park(ing) becomes official city policy in San FranciscoSpring 2009, San Francisco launches the Pavement-to-Parks program
  • 41. San Francisco calls them “parklets.”Today there are 24 "parklets,” including 2 mobile parklets.
  • 42. New York City also implemented a version of Park(ing) August 12, 2010, NYCs launches its Pop-Up Café program.
  • 43. Park(ing) becomes official city policy in NYC Pearl Street50-Seat Pop-Up Cafein Lower Manhattans Financial District
  • 44. A new way of designing streets and public spaces. Before After Broadway at 34th Street, Herald Square, Manhattan.
  • 45. Car-Free Broadway at Times Square Before After
  • 46. A faster, cheaper more feedback-intensive design process. Before After Phase 1 of “Castro Commons,” in San Francisco.
  • 47. “Lean Design” and “Agile Development” for cities. Phase 2 of “Castro Commons.”
  • 48. The city is the original social media.Giant chessboard in the middle of Broadway at Herald Square.
  • 49. The Livable Streets Movement.Me and my son on the Prospect Park West bike lane.
  • 50. Being the change.The Naparstek boys on their Onderwater Tandem family bike.