Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you how protected bike lanes may make traffic move faster, the sorriest bus stops in America and mapping the favelas of Rio.
The perks of bike lanes
When New York City first started adding new protected bike lanes in 2007, some drivers made the usual argument against them: Taking street space away from cars would slow down traffic. After years of collecting data, a new report from the city shows that the opposite is true. (via FastCoExist)
Mapping Rio’s favelas
While the current spotlight in Rio is on the Olympic athletes, Google is putting the city’s overlooked communities on the map. The company has mapped 26 favelas and the 10,000 businesses within them – talk about gold medal performance. (via Quartz)
The sorriest bus stops in America
A recent competition by Streetsblog launched a 16-entry tournament of the worst bus stops in America. While comical and a little sad, the process highlighted the potential of these spaces (via CityLab)
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