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Washtenaw County's "The Green Room" explores our local transportation system.

Green Room radio shows on WEMU, 89.1 FM:

  • July 31, 2015:  Eco-considerations of Driverless Cars. 
Once thought of as fantasy, autonomous and connected cars are real and are being researched right here in our backyard.  In this installment, Barbara Lucas looks at the environmental implications of this cutting edge technology.
  • February 27, 2015: Pedestrian And Bicycle Access In Winter
. To decrease its carbon footprint, the Climate Action Plan of Ann Arbor calls for increasing walking, biking and public transit. However, heavy precipitation events have increased 37% in the Midwest in the last century, and keeping pathways clear can be a challenge.
  • April 25, 2014: Increasing Bus Ridership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Area. While disagreeing on the question of a tax increase, both supporters and opponents of a proposed millage support expanded services. Environmentalists say buses help communities achieve their climate action goals, and so increasing ridership is crucial.
  • October 25, 2013: Speed Limits
. An exploration of the environmental impacts of car speeds, including issues of bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • June 28, 2013: Bicycle Commuting. 
Cycling is a pollution-free from of transit, and is rising in popularity. Here and elsewhere measures are being taken to improve the safety and convenience of on-road bicycling.

Green Room television shows on CTN, Channel 17:

  • March 8, 2016: Safely Sharing the Roads. Nate Phipps from Common Cycle discusses safety for all users of the roadways: drivers, cyclists, and walkers.
  • December 8, 2015Vision Zero. Erica Briggs discusses the Vision Zero campaign and its goal to create a transportation system without fatalities for bikers, walkers, or drivers.
  • April 8, 2014Motor Vehicle Speeds. Interview with Norm Cox, president of the Greenway Collaborative, about how car speeds affect the quality of life in a community and what factors influence them.
  • January 14, 2014Bicycle Repair. Interview with Jayanthi Reddy and Jonny Lennon of Common Cycle, a local volunteer organization which helps kids and adults to repair their bikes.
  • June 11, 2013Engine Idling in School Parking Lots. Interviews with Susan Hutton, Sheetal Patcheak, and Grace Lafreniere, citizens working to reduce unnecessary engine idling.  
  • May 1, 2012: Engine Idling. Interviews with Dr. Sara Adar, of the UM School of Public Health, and John German, of the International Council on Clean Transportation. Click here for additional resources on this topic.


  • - Smart driving and idling reduction tips to save money and to protect the environment. 


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