Monday, September 29, 2008

Contested Streets and Transportation Alternatives

Consider the following:
A) Our area has somewhat limited (or very limited) options for public transportation,
B) We have seen recent successes in projects like the Greenway
C) Our neighborhood is defined by major roadways (i.e. the BQE, the Battery Tunnel, and Atlantic Ave. to name a few)
D) All of Brooklyn seems to be in a battle over the streets
E) The flow of corporate sponsored responses to the lack of public transit (i.e. IKEA Transit) has been reduced this week.

Given this set of circumstances, transportation and alternatives to the traditional means of it are a hot topic for almost everyone around here. That being said, the following should be an interesting event for everyone:

The New York Transit Museum Presents a Screening and Discussion with Transportation Alternative’s Paul Steely White

Thursday, 10/02/2008, 6:00–7:30pm

Location: New York Transit Museum Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Price: Free
Telephone: 718.694.1600
Contact: New York Transit Museum

On Thursday, October 2 at 6 p.m., the New York Transit Museum will present a screening of the documentary “Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock,” followed by a discussion led by Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, Paul Steely White. This evening about sustainability and transportation will take place at the Transit Museum’s subway station home in Downtown Brooklyn. It is free to the public. Produced in 2006, “Contested Streets” is as relevant today to the city’s transportation debate, as it was when it was first released. The film recalls the rich diversity of New York City’s street life before the automobile age, and travels to cities around the world where innovative solutions have succeeded in breaking the chokehold of urban traffic. New Yorkers focused on rising oil prices, greenhouse gases, squeezed mass transit budgets and the defeat of Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan will enjoy a lively and thoughtful evening about the balance between urban growth and sustainable, city-friendly transportation.

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