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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?

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


Automobility

  • A manufactured object

  • The second biggest item of individual consumption

  • A machinic complex


Automobility

  • The dominant culture

  • The dominant cause of environmental resource depletion

  • A ‘quasi-private’ mobility


The Phenomenology of Automobility

  • Great flexibility, yet very coercive

  • Nation of Strangers

  • Private-in-Public Space


The Phenomenology of Transit


Transit: Love It or Hate It?


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

  • Reclaiming Streets and Public Spaces

  • In Defense of Collective Rights: The Bus Riders Union


Reclaim The Streets


Bus Riders Union


“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

“Transport does not merely serve society: it shapes

society, as in turn society shapes transport.”

- G. Lyons, 2004.


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