StreetFilm: Room to Breathe

Room to Breathe
A StreetFilm by Clarence Eckerson Jr.
Running Time: 3 minutes 41 seconds

Inspired by a poster produced by Portland’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) in the mid-1990s, this weekend Transportation Alternatives gathered a gaggle of cyclists on 42nd Street in Manhattan to stage New York’s own dramatic illustration of how much street space would be saved if everyone riding an automobile were traveling on a bicycle or bus.

This StreetFilm gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the event was staged and lets the participants speak about what brought them to the Livable Streets movement. T.A. aims to have the poster available by Summer 2007.

  • ddartley


    But to nitpick Paul White’s statement in the video, why limit the “oil” benefit to a reduction of dependence on only “foreign” oil? Bikes reduce a dependence on all oil. I sometimes worry that “foreign oil” is a favorite scapegoat of that disappointing bunch of Washington-level Democrats and such who have to consider their national audience. “We” local lot, to assume I can speak for all, might do better to criticize ALL oil, rather than teeter on the edge of implying that domestic oil is okay.

    I know, I have a thing with quotation marks.

  • Nona

    I strongly oppose dependence on Mid-Western corn.

  • Spatialist

    Some of these expressions make me want to scream: “Message Consultant!”

  • Clarence


    Hey, I am not going to speak for Paul directly, but I think you can assume he endoreses what you say. I got the comments just as he arrived and was getting off his bike jumping into action, and got exactly one minute with him before running away because something else was happening I had to cover. So I am sure had I given him a little more time and asked more questions he would have phrased it a bit differently.

  • ddartley

    Like I said, I was nitpicking. I am very glad they made the point (and he said it verbally) that bikes are so space-efficient.

  • Micaela

    hey Spacialist–

    contrary to popular opinion, successful movements are not made by crafty messaging and semantics, but by passion and the gumption to get off your duff. armchair debates on a blog will not carry the day, street action will. besides, reducing dependence on “foreign oil” is something that more people agree on.


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