I interviewed Marc van Woudenberg while I was in Amsterdam and was happy to find this video that he directed and narrated. It does a really good job portraying what he explained to me in July. The Dutch saw their cities becoming more and more car-centric in the middle of the 20th century–and they didn’t like what they saw. The Dutch people made it clear to politicians that serious investments should be made in cycle infrastructure and that cars and car infrastructure shouldn’t dominate cities.
They got what they asked for! It’s a good reminder that if we want things to change, we need to communicate with our politicians about the vision of change we have.
p.s. Here are all the e-mail addresses of the Seattle City Council.