The Question Is

In this space SMART poses a timely and relevant question to ponder. Weigh in with your thoughts and opinions.

The current question is:

What are the most hopeful signs in sustainable transportation right now -
locally or globally?

3 Comments

3 Responses to “The Question Is”

  1. Kim Seelye November 27, 2010 at 2:02 am #

    I have noticed that it seems like every year there are more bicyclists out than there were the year before. I’ve seen this in the 2 short years I’ve been in Ann Arbor and I’ve noticed this in other cities in the U.S. and around the world. In Ann Arbor, many of the bike racks are overcrowded this year, even where additional bike parking was added over the summer. This is extremely hopeful to me because it means that people are taking sustainable transportation into their own hands, rather than waiting for industry or infrastructure to change. At the same time, I’ve also seen that planning departments are focusing more on bicycle transportation by dedicating more road space to bicyclists and building more bicycle parking.

    • Jeri Stroupe November 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

      I think the most hopeful sign is the fact that this question even exists. The increasing awareness and curiosity about where transportation will go from here is exciting, as well as the influx in blogs such as this and the growing long list of related newsletters on the left-hand column of this page. Awareness is the first step towards a shift in social norms.

  2. sonja November 29, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    mobile applications connecting people to public transport options; folding bikes; innovative thinkers exploring, testing, and generating ideas, while deploying available resources towards more efficient use; SMART, the connective hub, inspiring, transforming, gathering…