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Riding the Subway: Community Interaction in the City of Automobility?. Sabrina Lau P4T Conference Vancouver, June 14-16, 2006. “ Traveling alone inside a metal shell with windows (i.e. single-occupancy car travel) is not conducive to social interaction .” – G. Lyons, 2004.

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Riding the subway community interaction in the city of automobility

Riding the Subway:Community Interaction in the City of Automobility?

Sabrina Lau

P4T Conference

Vancouver, June 14-16, 2006


Riding the subway community interaction in the city of automobility

“Traveling alone inside a metal shell with windows (i.e. single-occupancy car travel) is

not conducive to social interaction.”

– G. Lyons, 2004


Automobility

Automobility

  • A manufactured object

  • The second biggest item of individual consumption

  • A machinic complex


Automobility1

Automobility

  • The dominant culture

  • The dominant cause of environmental resource depletion

  • A ‘quasi-private’ mobility


The phenomenology of automobility

The Phenomenology of Automobility

  • Great flexibility, yet very coercive

  • Nation of Strangers

  • Private-in-Public Space


The phenomenology of transit

The Phenomenology of Transit


Transit love it or hate it

Transit: Love It or Hate It?


The phenomenology of transit1

The Phenomenology of Transit

  • Cult of Transit-Lovers

  • The importance of eye contact

  • Public Space: the venue for human interaction


Public transit and the collective experience

Public Transit and the Collective Experience

  • Reclaiming Streets and Public Spaces

  • In Defense of Collective Rights: The Bus Riders Union


Reclaim the streets

Reclaim The Streets


Bus riders union

Bus Riders Union


Riding the subway community interaction in the city of automobility

“We are working to write a new chapter in the civil rights and environmental justice movement—a grassroots group that wins a well-known civil rights suit, but then has the guts and commitment to enforce its provisions for a decade to build a clean-fuel, world-class mass transportation system in the most air polluted and auto-dominated city in the U.S. which, until we arrived on the scene, had the worst mass transit and bus system of any major U.S. city.” -- Bus Riders Union Overview, 2006


Conclusion

Conclusion

“Transport does not merely serve society: it shapes

society, as in turn society shapes transport.”

- G. Lyons, 2004.


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