Interview with Transalt director Paul Steely White

By | March 24th, 2011 | No Comments

Signs of the times in New York's bike community -- photo from transalt.org

Over the last four years, New York City has added 250 miles of bike lanes, refashioned several iconic locations as sanctuaries for pedestrians and cyclists (e.g., Times Square), and, in the process, seen biking double, with 200,000 cyclists taking to the streets each day.

One of the activist groups at the handle bars of this biking boom is Transportation Alternatives, whose director, Paul Steely White, is speaking at the University of Miami School of Architecture on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (White will also ride in Green Mobility Network’s second-annual Tweed Ride on Saturday.)

On Wednesday, I spoke to White about New York’s transportation “renaissance”, making Miami more bike friendly, and why Google searches for bike lanes in a city before moving in.

What brings you to Miami?

PSW: I’m concerned when I read safety reports that the top three most dangerous cities for pedestrians are in South Florida. There’s been a couple of recent high-profile deaths of cyclists in South Florida. I think the transportation-planning approach in South Florida has clearly been cars first. It’s encouraging to know that there’s at least some folks who think otherwise and are open to achieving a better balance on Miami’s streets. If the New York story has anything to offer to help move that along, I’m very happy [to share it].

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