StreetFilms: “I Have the Right to Breathe Clean Air”

This Streetfilm, produced for The Campaign for New York’s Future, speaks for itself. But it’s worth noting its emphasis on (1) the fact that congestion pricing, while new to the United States, is a success in other parts of the world (and not only London); and (2) that traffic is choking the city, figuratively and literally.


  • d

    i think that there will be so many compromises made on the way to congestion pricing being approved that it will end up not being effective. the people who oppose it on govt are gonna help to compromise it to death.

  • Steve

    d, you are right that this is going to get (is getting?) watered down. But the principle is so important that I’ll probably stay on board until the bitter end. The idea that motorists would be disfavored road users, that they would have to pay just to enter the street while bicyclists and pedestrians can use them for free, represents the leading edge of a huge and necessary paradigm shift. Even a reduction in the fee below $8, exemption for trucks or of intra-zone trips, constriction of the zone, or other types of dilution would not lead me to oppose. (Not that I would welcome or refrain from arguing against such compromises). However watered down, if approved congestion pricing will go forward on a 3 year trial basis. If the trial works, there will be a new opportunity to argue about the details.

  • momos

    There are other traffic management tools used in other nations that could be very effective here in NYC. Anyone who rides a bike knows in what regard drivers in New York hold painted stripes demarcating bike lanes and bus lanes. In the UK, Manchester has decided not to mess around with paint, and get serious. Check out this short Youtube video of the automated bollards placed in bus lanes to keep cars out:

  • d

    i hear ya.
    thanks steve!

  • Rich Wilson

    Is this video being shown on TV?


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