Free Talk on Reducing Traffic Congestion in Greenwich to Be Hosted by Conservation Commission & Greenwich Library

Please join the Greenwich Conservation Commission and the Cos Cob Library for a talk titled “How to Ease Traffic Congestion in Greenwich” on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The talk is part of a Wednesday an environmental lecture series titled One Air, Water and Land.

The Moderator on March 24 will be Ernst Schirmer.

Panelists include Kristin Floberg, Planner, Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) and Jason Spigel, of Freebee.

Traffic congestion from vehicles results in a significant time burden across the globe. If time is money, time spent in traffic comes at a high cost. As of September 2020, an average American worker loses approximately $1,591 per year to traffic.

Wages and productivity aren’t the only things traffic affects. Traffic congestion racks up many costs that are more difficult to calculate. These include the environmental impact of carbon emissions from idling tailpipes, the staggering cost of repairing and replacing roads and bridge infrastructure, and the health impacts of gridlock-induced stress.
With the advent of smart mobility, the return of micro-mobility, and tougher regulations on car emissions, the question of whether we have a new window of opportunity to tame congestion is now high on the list of possibilities. This panel discussion will look at a number of valuable options for easing congestion in Greenwich while highlighting their benefits and challenges.

Kristin Floberg leads land use planning activities at WestCOG and assists the transportation staff on various projects. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with an M.S. in Transportation and Urban Engineering and a B.S in Civil Engineering. Kristin is passionate about working towards more sustainable and livable communities in Connecticut.

Jason Spigel, co-founder of Freebee, a door-to-door, on-demand transportation service. Freebee vehicles are 100% electric, and emission-free. Jason graduated from the Florida International University in Miami.

Click here to register on the Library website.