Episode 6: Sensible Commuting
The best way to get from point A to point B is not solely measured by efficiency. Our means of transportation can have a wider range of impacts on our daily lives, changing our social and psychological behavior. In particular, non-automobile transport interjects us into a much more unpredictable environment: the street. Austin and Ken debate the merits of biking vs. walking in the city, through the lens of their own experiences commuting in Washington, DC. We talk about sense suppression in transit, pace and how it relates to security, social influences on transit and much more. This conversation takes place one year after Austin and Ken's first ever recorded discussion on the same subject - of which brief snippets are included.
In our accompanying graphics above, we explore the "proxemics" of a bicyclist based on the theories of Edward T. Hall and attempt to quantify the atmospheric progressions of the human body during a 20 minute urban walk.