In this city of wonks, many of which champion proper urban development, it’s no surprise that barstool chatter often slips into detailed debate over transportation issues: bike lane placement, driving versus taking the Metro, the need to develop walkable communities, and so on. What isn’t so usual is when the company involved includes some of the most knowledgeable folks on the subject. Tonight’s “Humanitini”—which I can assure you is a weekly “think-and-drink” gathering hosted by the Humanities Council of Washington, and not a vampiric cocktail celebration—brings together a panel of experts including representatives from government (the District Department of Transportation), advocacy groups (the Washington Area Bicyclist Association), blogs (Streetsblog, Greater Greater Washington), and even a traffic reporter to chat about the nitty-gritty of getting around. While there’s likely to be a progressive bent to the proceedings (read: Let’s get excited about bike racks and streetcars!), the panel’s diverse collection of minds means that the car-bound need not worry about being stuck in conversational gridlock.
“Humanitini: The Coexistence of Trains, Cars, Bikes, and Humans” takes place at 6 p.m. at Tap and Parlour, 2001 11th St. NW. Free. wdchumanities.org.