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Traffic: People and their wheels

Whether you walk, drive, or ride, you have had some experience with traffic. Likely you have formed habits or beliefs or opinions. What are behind these? Rationality? Emotion? Engineering principles? A morality play starring you as the hero?
Let's discuss amongst ourselves. 


Here is a book on Traffic, which has provocative chapter titles.
http://www.amazon.com/Traffic-Drive-What-Says-About/dp/0307277194


A review of the book.http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/10/entertainment/ca-tom-vanderbilt10


Here is an excerpt from the book, about merging.http://tomvanderbilt.com/traffic/excerpt/


Here is a Radio Times on traffic, "Sharing our roads". It includes someone from the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition. http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2013/07/08/sharing-our-roads-cars-bikes-and-pedestrians/


Here is a Ted talk on traffic jams, proposing a solution.http://www.ted.com/talks/jonas_eliasson_how_to_solve_traffic_jams.html


Please suggest others. I think there is much on youtube, including George Carlin's perspective. 

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  • Jean S.

    Huddled with the masses at 69th Street Terminal on my way home, I was struck by how few people know the humility of using public transportation. I am always awestruck by the reality of life that so many people do not know. I met a retired NYC police woman who is retiring to West Chester. And, I chatted with a young woman that is about to publish her first Gay novel. A rabble-rouser on the standing-room-only bus was settled down by a SEPTA rep. But, the 44 people on the bus "did not drive a car into the city." It isn't always pretty but public transportation gets the job done.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Sidney

    3 greats are in order Brian: your idea for a meetup topic, the discussion itself, and the people present. Merci beaucoup!

    October 7, 2013

  • Andrea

    Fun, interesting and lively discussion. Great job with the research and moderating, Brian!

    October 6, 2013

    • Valerie

      Yes! I agree. Really interesting topic. Made me remember how much I miss these get -togethers.

      October 6, 2013

  • Patty

    Terrific choice for a topic, Brian! And a fun discussion!

    October 6, 2013

  • Amy

    I apologize for the last minute cancelation. I woke up not feeling well. Hope it's interesting. I enjoyed the book Traffic.

    October 6, 2013

  • Brian

    TRAFFIC WARNING!!!!! There looks to be a parade down Ben Franklin parkway on sun. Oct. 6.

    October 5, 2013

    • Valerie

      Is it true that you organized that parade just to give us something more to discuss? That's what people are saying. (Ok it's really just ME saying it...to myself)

      2 · October 5, 2013

  • Katie

    Sorry I can't make it. Sudden out of town trip

    October 5, 2013

  • CJ F.

    Drexel University professor Mimi Sheller was interviewed on Radio Times: "Changing Attitudes Toward Driving and the Automobile" recently: http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2013/09/26/changing-attitudes-toward-driving-the-automobile/

    I apologize that I have been unable to review this interview to assess its quality and highlight the main points. But I know Mimi and I know Radio Times, so I'm sure it is good and it sounds relevant for Sunday's discussion.

    This is a great topic, but I'm swamped and will probably miss it.

    October 4, 2013

  • Andrea

    Two good books that would be interesting reading material for this discussion - "The Geography of Nowhere", and "Straphanger". Really wish I could maek this discussion - it sounds so interesting!!

    September 30, 2013

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