Check out the website of Portland State University. It features bikes and cool socks. HSU, do you see this?
Folks at the Green Wheels meeting said that I should post a blog post after I told them about Transit Camp, a two-day event in Palo Alto, CA that brought people to talk about and work on innovations to make transit easier, better, and more popular, largely using the web, but also off of the web to.
What was cool about Transit Camp? In a word, everything, but more specifically:
February 5, the Wall Street Journal published a column "Next Car Debate: Total Miles Driven," which states something Green Wheels has been saying for some time: that we cannot tackle climate change and other challenges while we are still planning for and facilitating more vehicle miles traveled. It's great to see this perspective strongly and prominently expressed in the WSJ.
To reduce vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, the article invokes the transportation and land use connection:
Well, I'm here in Mill Valley, CA after a great time biking down the coast with the Green Wheels gang, and I'm getting back on Green Wheels business. I found a great post on Streetsblog that led me to a new favorite sustainability news source, Sightline Institute. Their executive director, Alan Durning, has a series "Bicycle Neglect" articles that describe the symptoms of "bicycle neglect" and "car-head," and its antithesis, "bicycle respect." I've already read about 4 of the 12 pieces, and I'm planning on reading them all. Highly, highly recommended.
In Spring 2007, I learned about Enrique Peñalosa, the amazing mayor of Bógota whose vision has enabled incredible bike facilities and transit programs, when Alissa Fogg submitted a story that appeared as "Progress: Peñalosa-style" in the Community Wheel.
Since then, I've learned more about Peñalosa: see: "A protected bicycle path is a symbol that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important as one in a $30,000 car."
Aug 20, the Oregonian.
Because Portland-Vancouver drivers log 20 percent fewer miles a day than most U.S. urban dwellers and spend less on cars and gasoline as a result, the region's economy saves $2.6 billion a year, or about 3 percent of the area's annual economic output, according to a new study for the Chicago-based CEOs for Cities.
Hey all you social networking Facebook people!
There's a new Facebook application for organizing rideshare. I'm pretty sure it's a tool that allows you to organize rideshares with friends, friends-of-friends, etc.
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