Sometimes I’m just impressed with how true people are to their cause. That’s exactly what I felt when I read this blog post from the League of American Bicyclists, which profiled how Cycles for Change is making a difference in Minneapolis, Minn.
Warning: This is a shameless self promotion.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, where I serve as the director of communications, hosts an annual photo contest that we are actually quite proud of.
There are a couple of unique aspects to this photo contest. First, while it celebrates the work of state department of transportation photographers, AASHTO last year opened the competition to the general public. And, while many of my colleagues think roads and bridges and buses and trains are beautiful, this contest attempts to emphasize the people who use the transportation system. Hence, the photo contest name — “Faces of Transportation.”
So, if you enjoy taking photos, or know someone who does, consider entering the photo contest. And, as you use the transportation system look around. There are faces all around you.
Translating the difficult language of transportation is one of the greatest responsibilities for the modern transportation communicator. We work among a very technically minded group of professionals, whether we hang around with planners or engineers. It is rather common for new transportation communicators to scratch their head at the crazy way in which transportation people write and speak.