In this Extra Credit episode, we have a chat about a frankly glum topic: when cars kill people. We discuss a fantastic piece in the New Yorker about a growing movement to end pedestrian and cycling fatalities in NYC and beyond.
Lots to cover in this show, and we talk about:
- ingrained attitudes about transportation (and whose experience counts the most)
- policy choices that inevitably lead to avoidable death
- individuals and families bearing the burden of collective failures
- learning from other countries: whether safe streets are a "cultural" thing or a policy result
- Vision Zero as a response to traffic deaths
- neighborhood politics
- the concept of "windshield bias"
- a few simple design approaches that make streets safer for all people
- ... and more
Let's dive in!
Hosted by AJ Fawver and Jordan Clark. Edited by Jordan Clark.
Music in this episode: Sounds of the Supermarket, a 1985 Weather Channel broadcast, Isaac Horwedel, and Cullah ("GroOvy" and "Western Firefight 2").