Cartoon Tuesday: The Plight of the American Bipeds

Sometimes it’s easier to make your point with a joke rather than a lecture.

Here at Streetsblog, we spend a lot of time bemoaning the the urban design that has pushed people indoors and into cars.  But this video, which reader Erik Griswold tells me is a great “homage” to documentary film-maker Ken Burns, uses stock footage and a voice-over to beautifully and humorously make the point that humans are designing pedestrians in to an endangered status.

The video paints a bleak picture for North American bipeds that reinforces the image that many planners have that people who walk are second-class to people who drive:

Populations still exist in the hearts of cities, in declared safety zones and near institutions of higher learning….Much of the bipeds habitat has been destroyed, and access to their food supply has been made dangerous.

While efforts are underway to save the biped, we may be running out of time.  We must act now before its too late.


Cartoon Tuesday, American Voices, Harassing Cyclists

This week, The Onion’s “American Voices” asks three average Americans their views on L.A.’s recently passed cyclist anti-harassment ordinance.  As you would expect from The Onion, the comments aren’t pretty.  Of course, these three have been answering these questions for quite some time now. But I have faith that Streetsblog readers are funnier than Onion […]

What Does Profitability Mean for Transit?

Today on the Streetsblog Network, we’re featuring a post from The Transport Politic, in which he takes up a discussion with Cap’n Transit about what constitutes profitability for a transit system:  Photo by network member Rail Life via Flickr. [T]he meaning of the word "profitable" itself is subjective. We could argue that getting enough revenue […]

Insurrection at LADOT

“The rank and file has lost confidence in our general manager,” thundered Mike Hunt, an LADOT engineer and “proud” SEIU Union Steward. “He doesn’t listen to us. He ridicules us every chance he gets. He puts the blame on us for doing our job, and implementing the policies he put forth for us.” Hunt was […]