Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ford Exec Chair Calls for Public Transit Investment

Bill Ford, executive chair of the Ford Motor Company, calls for investment in public transit in the video below.  Given the world's exponentially increasing population, he identifies the mathematical impossibility of forever achieving the mobility his great grandfather, Henry Ford, envisioned with automobiles alone.   The technological advances to minimize gridlock, discussed in the video, are quite interesting. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lessons from NYC

I came across the video below, a few years old, about Janette Sadik-Khan, the remarkable head of New York City's Department of Transportation.  It's worthwhile for the lessons it offers smaller urban areas.  The video shows "before and after" examples of how re-engineered thoroughfares--including those implementing new public space and innovative floating and separated bike lanes--affect driver behavior.