Streetfilms – Transportation Ethics

Ever walk down the street alongside an endless row of parked cars and wonder why we’ve all seemingly agreed that auto owners are entitled to use 180 square feet of public space to store private property? Ever question whether that space could be put to better use? Streetfilms interviewed Randy Cohen, author of “The Ethicist,” a column in the New York Times Magazine, and discussed with him the ethics of current and future transportation behavior.

What do you think? Cars certainly provide greater freedom of movement over long distances than any other form of transportation, but should we begin to think more multi-modally? Should cars be one piece of the transportation puzzle, integrating with rail, bus, bike, etc.? Should cars be allowed in urban cores at all?

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2 Responses to Streetfilms – Transportation Ethics

  1. Daniel says:

    My wife’s employer pays a fairly hefty sum of money to provide gym memberships to the employees, on the grounds that preventative health care will save them money and work performance and time in the future. That’s cool.

    Then on the other hand, they pay an equally hefty sum of money to encourage her to not walk or bike to work. They provide free parking, but no incentive for other means of transportation. So the treadmill is considered health care, but actually walking outside is not. I was struck the other day by how strange this is … although completely normal at the same time.

    • josh grigsby says:

      Strange what we think of as “normal,” isn’t it? Or healthy. Or what we consider to be immutable. Some comic a while back had a skit about circling the parking lot at the gym until you found the closest spot, then running for six hours on the treadmill. We use the car to get from one place to another, and somehow the trip feels incomplete if we don’t park as close to the destination as possible. Thankfully, bike-commutes are becoming more popular and more employers are creating the infrastructure and incentives necessary to encourage the shift.

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