But we all know the fight is far from over.
Here is an upcoming free screening from Transportation Alternatives of the documentary..."contested streets."
EXPERTS DISCUSS NYC’S TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND SCREEN CONTESTED STREETS: BREAKING NYC GRIDLOCK AS PART OF SOLAR ONE’S SOLAR-POWERED FILM SERIES
New York, New York (August 22, 2006) – A new survey released by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign this summer shows that more than three-fourths of New Yorkers (79%) consider traffic jams on city streets to be a problem, including 53% who consider it a “major problem.” The same survey finds that 59% of New Yorkers say the mayor is doing only a “fair” to “poor” job of reducing traffic jams and delays on city streets, highways and bridges
This stands in stark contrast to cities around the world like London, Paris and Copenhagen that are fighting back against traffic congestion, in part by switching trips to mass transit, cycling and walking.
Leaders in New York are taking notice, both of this problem and the solutions posed in a new film, co-produced by Transportation Alternatives, called Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock. The film has been screened for business leaders and at the NYC City Council.
Now Transportation Alternatives is working to take the film to audiences across the city. A free public screening will take place on Saturday, August 26th at Solar 1 in Stuyvesant Cove Park (E. 23rd Street and the East River) as part of their Solar Powered Film Series.
At 8 pm there will be a panel discussion about NYC’s traffic problem and what groups around the city and around the world are doing to fight traffic. The panel will feature:
Alexis Perrotta: Senior Policy Analyst, Regional Plan Association
Ethan Kent: Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
Glenn McAnanama: Founder, Upper Green Side and blogger featured on The Oil Drum and StreetsBlog
Matthew Roth: Director, NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign
Moderator: Dani Simons: Deputy Director, Transportation Alternatives
At 9 pm there will be a screening of Contested Streets. The screening is free and open to the public. Guests can enjoy delicious refreshments generously donated by the Birdbath Bakery, the city’s first sustainably built and managed bakery; as well organic wine, Brooklyn Brewery beer and other choice treats.