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Clarence: The Traffic Calming Sasquatch

Taking the Clarence: The Traffic Calming Maniac concept one step further...

This time in Portland, Oregon where Dan Kaufman from Crank My Chain! Cycle TV goes searching for the long lost bigfoot in an area well known for its traffic calming. He stumbles upon the ever-elusive, mythic character and finds that safer streets have coaxed him out of the wild.

Dan Kaufman: [00:00] Dan Kaufman here in Ladd’s Addition in Portland, Oregon, one of the most beautifully traffic-calmed areas in the country. We’ve heard rumours that there’s some creature… hey, wait, there he is.


Dan Kaufman: [00:18] Hey, hey, wait, I want to talk to you. Hey, come back here. What’s your name?

Clarence: [00:26] Clarence.

Dan Kaufman: [00:27] Clarence. What are you doing here in this neighbourhood? Bigfoot hasn’t been seen around here for hundreds of years.

Clarence: [00:33] The traffic calming is very good. It makes me feel safe.

Dan Kaufman: [00:37] I think he’s talking about traffic calming. Maybe he feels comfortable here. You feel secure here because there’s traffic calming?

Clarence: [00:47] Yeah, yeah. Traffic calming, I show you.

Dan Kaufman: [00:51] Okay.


Clarence: [01:10] So I came down outta the mountains, because the cars were no longer dangerous. Safer to bike now.


Clarence: [01:12] This here is a traffic circle. Makes cars go slower and in a circle. Things like this make for more livable streets. It’s safe.


Clarence: [01:53] Look at this… a bicycle amenity!


Clarence: [02:36] Speed hump is very close to my heart. I love the speed hump.


Clarence: [03:03] It’s safe. It’s safe.



Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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