Monday, April 30, 2012

Many changes have occurred between 1972 and 1974 when Carry Shaw, WABA's founder and Justin R. Swain, a founding member of Washington Area Bicyclist Association used Super-8 mm motion picture cameras and audio recorders to document transportation users and facilities in the Metro Washington Area. My observation is that Cary Shaw's self motivation, creation of a business plan for a bicycle and comprehensive transportation research, planning and advocacy group attracted talent to increase knowledgeable public participation in urban planning and transportation.

Mr. Swain's films and still pictures provided original data on bicycle, motorist and pedestrian highway use and users behavior. Shaw and Swain combined audio-visual and written works, presentation and delivery skills before local and national government and user organizations was a valued contribution to an overall body of fresh data and advocacy contributed by The League of American Wheelmen (now, The League of American Bicyclist,) American Youth Hostels, Transportation Alternatives, Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition of Greater PhiladelphiaPotomac Pedalers Touring ClubInstitute of Transportation Studies, University of CaliforniaDavis, and others not listed at this writing.

In 2012, Mr. Swain, now an independent videographer-producer-editor-director, using a GoPro Hero 2 helmet mounted high definition camera is creating documentary footage on current transportation and pedestrian patterns. Works from the documentary are to be placed on online many will be listed in this blog. 

There may be similar or like documentaries made by or being made by others. Please email with information of other's work on this topic. 

Justin R. Swain,
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