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Trailer: Moving Beyond the Automobile

Today is an exciting day here at Streetfilms as we are officially announcing the debut of our 10-part series "Moving Beyond the Automobile" (MBA).  Each Tuesday over the next ten weeks, tune in to Streetfilms as we'll be posting a new chapter about smart and proven strategies to reduce traffic and improve street safety for all users.

We'll be tackling many fascinating topics in the next few months from "Bus Rapid Transit" to "Congestion Pricing" to "Car Share" to show how each can help people to use cars less - or not at all.

We've been out talking to the experts.  Well-respected voices like former Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa, Tri-state Transportation's Kate Slevin, Commissioner of NYC Department of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan, Portland's Mayor Sam Adams, former 4-term Mayor of Milwaukee, and President of the Congress for New Urbanism John Norquist and dozens of other transportation authorities across the country to get their input and advice.

At about the halfway point of the series, we'll also be posting a MBA curriculum that includes lessons and discussion points for each of these fun and important films.

Streetfilms would like to thank The Fund for the Environment & Urban Life for making this series possible.

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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  • http://www.livestreets.ru/en Vladimir Zlokazov

    This is gonna be great! Looking forward to see the films!

  • Norm Milstein

    I'm looking forward to this!  Educating people about taking back our cities from the metal monsters is a challenge.  I'm thrilled that you folks continue to take it on!

  • http://antiphonfilms.tumblr.com/ Hart Noecker

    As comprehensive as the Streetfilms library already is, this is a wholly new development.  Looking forward to seeing the focus and production value pushed beyond what we've seen so far.  Keep up the stellar work.

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/edpino Ed Pino

    I look forward to the series. I want more now!

  • Frank

    The fact is the automobile will still be the fastest and most convenient form of transportation well into the future for nearly all kinds of trips. It's the best way to be able to access the most jobs too. Alternatives are "nice to have" but roads are "need to have" and if the economy is going to grow, it's time to stop being caught in the 1990s neo-urban planning fads. Last I checked Milwaukee isn't exactly booming.

  • http://cox.net Tom Normand

    People have no clue as to what they can do today about the problems in and around our cities, much less how we are to solve the growing problems of the future.  Bring it on!  

  • http://www.goingsolar.com.au/transport Stephen Ingrouille

    We are great fans here in Australia of Streetfilms and I’m really looking forward to the Moving Beyond the Automobile series. Viewers might also be interested in a free Sustainable Cities and Transport Newsletter that I prepare each week. It’s available online at http://www.goingsolar.com.au/transport but if you subscribe (for free) the cover email includes a listing of relevant Reports and Media links – including of course Streetfilms.

  • v

    Frank, automobiles are only as convenient as you make them, and Detroit and Vegas aren't exactly booming either.

    When I lived in NC, the cost of owning a car was a major burden, in excess of 20% of my take home pay. And my commute was up to 50 minutes each way. I get much more value today out of taking my bike around town (I spent maybe $50 on my bike last year) and taking transit (maybe $50/month). If time is money, the car-driving life didn't really pay for me no matter how I sliced it.

    As for daily activity convenience, I now notice how much time and annoyance it takes to drive to a mall, spend a bunch of time parking, walk through the parking lot, and then loop back. And I don't have to maintain a car anymore, which is never convenient.

  • Dwight Mengel

    I am excited about this StreetFilms series because it presents an integrated development/mobility perspective. We need to adapt this perspective to smaller urban areas and match it with an appropriate mix of mobility/streetscape alternatives.

  • Lowell Gratan

    We In San Jose are informed that transit provides 4% of Trips. But, it only provides 2% of passenger miles which is the real measurement.

  • http://trafikklogistikk.com Knut Bøe

    Great film. I like the word road-diet!
    Please also consider PRIORITY through TrafficLogistics, se a brand NEW folder on http://trafikklogistikk.com, TrafficLogistics, the priority system of the future. JOIN THE FUTURE!

  • Ziyad Latib

    I really like the videos that have been released so far. I can't wait to watch the rest of them.

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  • Laura Tate

    Thrilled to see this topic being tackled in an accessible way!

  • http://brisurbane.wordpress.com BrisUrbane

    This is great but there are three main ways to increase public transport patronage:

    1. Increase the quality of service (frequency, connectivity, scope of hours)

    2. Increase the density of development (TOD) around transit

    3. Increase the level of integration to broaden the catchment areas that collect patronage beyond that of the 400-800 metre catchment.

    The last one appears not to be mentioned, but it is quite significant. If using connecting bicycles, buses and park and ride to expand the catchment area from 400-800m to 35 km2 good high frequency public transport can be supported, even on low density (average 10 dwellings/ha as it has been done in Perth, Australia with the Mandurah rail line).

    This is the kind of thing that will work in outer suburbia, as opposed to solutions that are more aimed at the inner suburbs like TOD or car share.

    Dr Paul Mees, academic has written a book about this 'Transport for Suburbia' and many articles about this very overlooked fact.

    Eg. http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/we-can-keep-our-leafy-suburbs-and-still-save-the-planet-20091122-isqz.html

  • Justin Readman

    These look great. Will there be any consideration on putting together a video on Light Rail Transit?

  • http://www.victoriawwalks.org.au Victoria Walks

    This looks great and we are really looking forward to the series.
    Only comment, is that we feel walking should have a higher profile (notice you had bicycles as heading but not walking). Every transport trip starts and ends with feet. If we change our built environments, walking-for-transport is the most accessible of modes upon which all others are dependent.

  • http://www.victoriawalks.org.au Victoria Walks

    oops, our URL

  • Bruce Pearson

    Great to see this creative thinking and energy at work on an enormous problem.  One or two suggestions:

    Expand the bicycle category to include two wheeled powered vehicles such as scooters, mopeds, etc. with speed limits where needed. Philadelphia's wonderful new bike lanes, for example, could easily accommodate scooters at limited speeds.

    Also, push for the development of bicycles with electric motors.  Most people don't want to arrive at work in need of a shower.

  • Guest

    Some of the information presented in the Ride Sharing piece is suspect. The claim is made that ride sharing will save $600/mo in transportation cost per person vs. a traditional SOV. I spend about half that amount each month on my primary vehicle and that includes gas, insurance, maintenance and the purchase price of the vehicle.

    I support the efforts of Streetfilms, but presenting misleading information is not appropriate.

  • http://twitter.com/TachitoTec TachitoTec

    What's convenient about carrying one ton plus of material to move a single person?

  • http://www.kandf.ca/ Thomas Teuwen

    According to stats published by the Canadian Automobile Association the average North American spends about $9,000 a year maintaining a car. But living car free has many more benefits. Cars cost money and make us fat. Bikes save money and make us fit. And if you are frail or disabled having the rest of us use alternative transportation modes makes the streets less crowded for your electric vehicle. We went carfree because its the right thing to do. We stay carfree because it makes us feel alive.