Due to the century-long American “love affair with the automobile,” we face a variety of paradoxes when we promote transportation demand management as a means of decreasing the negatives effects of America’s annual 2.9 trillion highway miles.

Ranging from the fact that much traffic originates outside the political jurisdiction where it occurs to the fact that politicians can’t appear to be attacking voters, almost all of whom are drivers, perhaps the most powerful Catch 22 is that people can’t change driving behavior until there are reasonable substitutions for driving but there can’t be reasonable substitutions for driving until citizens support money to build and operate them.

While countless books promote the “car-free culture,” the how do we get there from here is inevitably neglected. 

In a series of presentations before local, national and international forums, planners and governments (only a few listed below), I’ve addressed just that issue – how we turn the Titantic composed of an uninformed public, voter-fearful politicians, and profit-driven businesses toward transportation sustainability.  The viewer or listener needs only to realize the complexity of our oil addiction and suspend his or her cultural need for instant gratification.  There is no bumper sticker answer here, just as there is no bumper sticker reason how America got on and continues down what historians call “path dependency” toward environmental, social and economic failure.

Local — Charlottesville (bottom of page, Feb. 21 meet),C-ville Presentation; Richmond,Richmond Presentation; Hospital-based, MarthaJeff2;

National — New Jersey Transportation (audio/video); HOK Architecture, HOK Client; AASHE; ProBike-ProWalk

International — PATREC (Australia),Copy of PATREC1