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Mar, 2019

NYC is Creating Safer Intersections for Cyclists, Here’s How

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According to ny.curbed.com, nearly 90% of bike collisions occur at intersections. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is on a mission to change that with unique designs and revised guidelines for developing intersections. One of the most important places to institute these changes is in New York City, where there are over 1,000 miles of bike lanes that traverse through the city. Every year since 2015, at least 50 more miles of bike lanes have been added to the list. DOT’s ultimate goal is to reduce fatalities to zero – known […]

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Mar, 2019

27 Inspirational Pedestrian Plazas in New York City

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Over the last decade, New York City has received a lot of attention for their redesigned pedestrian plazas. That’s because they’ve turned once unwalkable and wasted spaces into beautiful stretches of open space where locals can go for a leisurely stroll, gather with friends and simply enjoy the magnificent city. Plus, these spaces are far safer than they were in the past thanks to their ingenious designs.  At TerraCast Products, we are proud to share our planters, lighting fixtures and site furnishings are used in many of the pedestrian plaza […]

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Feb, 2019

Rethinking Urban Spaces: Innovative Design Ideas for Safer and More Productive Cities

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Urban spaces are changing before our very eyes. Ongoing research continues to prove that our current urban spaces are unsafe and often lead to social problems. It is so important that we rethink urban design because it’s actually rather dangerous not to. In fact, as of 2013, over 270,000 pedestrians lost their lives on our roadways, making up 22% of the 1.24 million deaths that occur out on the road each year. 6 Ways to Rethink Urban Spaces for the Better We’ve been fortunate enough to work on some large […]

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Feb, 2019

The Most Overlooked Way You Can Improve Bike Lane Safety

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Looking for ways to improve bike lane safety? Many cities around the world are searching for better and safer ways to implement bike lanes. Luckily, there are many successful examples you can take inspiration from. Some of the most commonly discussed ways to improve bike lane safety include widening bike paths or adding solid bollards as a protective barrier. Although, there is one key way to reduce injuries to cyclists, as well as auto drivers, that is often overlooked and ignored. It’s to reduce vehicle speed. Reducing Vehicle Speeds Can […]

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Feb, 2019

Powder Coating vs. Resin Based – Which is Better & What Sets Them Apart?

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Powder coating vs. resin – which one is better for the longevity of a product? To understand what sets these two types of products apart, it’s important to know how they are formed in the first place. All of our aluminum products are powder coated, and we also offer an extensive line of resin-based products. Therefore, we understand there are pros to both options but without doubt, resin offers a stronger and longer lasting finished product. What is Powder Coating? Powder coating, which originated in the 1960s, is the act […]

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Feb, 2019

5 Common Powder Coating Mistakes

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From cross-contamination to improper curing, there are several common powder coating mistakes that can mess up the quality of a finished product. When properly applied, powder coating offers a lot of benefits, especially when compared to traditional paint. For one, it is a solvent-free process and emits up to zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Plus, any overspray is recyclable and so it eliminates waste associated with other types of paint. When powder coating is properly handled and manufactured, it can offer a long lasting and very uniform finish. Bonus perk […]

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Jan, 2019

How Many LEED Certification Levels Are There?

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If you are looking to go green and earn LEED points and credits, it’s important to understand the different LEED Certification Levels made available. In total, there are four different levels starting with Certified, and building up to Silver, Gold, and Platinum. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This international green building certification program is run by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). They are tasked with providing a third-party certification system to determine to what degree a building is constructed using green and eco-friendly practices. The […]

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Jan, 2019

4 Facts About Products Made in America

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There’s a reason we choose to make TerraCast Products right here in the USA, actually there are several reasons. For one, it gives us better oversight of the production process, allowing us to produce the highest quality products possible. Secondly, it reduces the strain on the environment by decreasing the distance products must travel and reducing gas emissions.  Thirdly, it is the right thing to do in terms of supporting our local economy and providing jobs to American workers.  Need more reasons to buy products made in America? In 1960, […]

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Jan, 2019

How to Transform Ineffective Public Roads

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Ineffective or unsafe public roads can be transformed into highly useable spaces, and it often takes less money and construction than you think. We are going to look at a few different scenarios in which an ineffective and unsafe public road in New York was transformed into a much more effective and beneficial space. Before we get into the examples, here are the most prominent ways to revitalize ineffective or unsafe roads: Make bike lanes safer by adding barriers and ensuring crosswalks are free of traffic Change roadway rules, and/or […]

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Jan, 2019

What is the NYC Plaza Program?

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The New York City Plaza Program is open to all organizations within the city and is run by DOT (the Department of Transportation). Through this program, DOT works with organizations to redesign neighborhood plazas, turning unused spaces into quality spaces that people can enjoy. The goal of the program is to make it so that anyone living in New York can walk to a quality open space within 10 minutes of their home. New York is a concrete jungle, although too much concrete isn’t good for anyone. In fact, access […]

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