The show also featured a variety of electric scooters, an electric ATV, a CNG-powered Crown Victoria, and a Sprinter Van. More pictures of the show's vehicles are available here.
At 7 pm, visitors moved into the bar's upstairs meeting room for a panel discussion titled "City Planning for More Sustainable Transportation." Foresight President Peter Nicholson facilitated an engaging conversation with Kit Hodge of Metropolitan Planning Council, Nick Jackson of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, and Jeffrey Sriver of the Chicago Transit Authority. The participants not only discussed the city's successes in greening transit options for Chicagoans, but also the political and financial challenges presented by needed upgrades to buses, trains and subways throughout the metropolitan area. The overflowing crowd came with plenty of questions, ranging from the option of using biodiesel in city buses, the extension of the "El" Red Line further into Chicago's South Side, and the sometimes fractious city politics that often set one area of town against another for transportation services. Planned for one hour, the discussion ran closer to two, with most of the crowd squeezing into standing room to listen to the panel members share their knowledge and thoughts.
If you missed this event, but would like to join Chicago residents in discussing and celebrating their city's efforts to become the greenest in the US, mark you calendars for Explorago, a sustainability-themed neo-scavenger hunt that will take place on September 30th, and the Sustainable Convergence party on October 4th at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.
Thanks to Foresight Design Initiative for inviting us to this uplifting event (And thanks to green furniture maker Pete Realmuto for the ride back to the hotel!). ::2006 Chicago Eco-Transportation Show