Alternative Transportation

January 11, 2010, 8am PST
A system of escalators in Hong Kong, installed in 1993 to create a new connection between districts, has become an unusual and popular way to commute Hong Kong's steep streets.
BBC
September 15, 2009, 6am PDT
An often cited reason for not using alternative transportation is the unpredictable: what if I need a car for something unexpected? A non-profit is now offering guaranteed rides to those who ride transit, bike, or walk, up to $100 per year.
San Jose Mercury News
Blog post
June 25, 2009, 7pm PDT

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in 2007, over 9.8 million American households had no auto available at home. Although those car free households make up only 8.7% of the U.S., the split by housing ownership is striking: only 3.3% of owner occupied homes do without at least one vehicle, where fully 19.9% of renters have no cars parked in the proverbial driveway.

For some, not owning a vehicle is not a matter of choice -- just the reality of limited resources. For others, it's a matter of preference, and many residents of cities with fairly good public transportation choosing to go without cars. Although car ownership is a useful indicator of neighborhoods that provide good options for public transit, the reality is the most important variable isn't whether you own one, but how much you drive.

That's the idea behind the annual Car-Free Challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit TransForm (formerly TALC - Transportation and Land Use Coalition). The Challenge's over 160 participants pledged to drive less than 125 miles in June, much less than the Bay Area average of 540, or the U.S. average of over 1,000. Many participants contributed blog posts about their experiences on the Challenge website. More than just a group of footloose young professionals living in The Mission, challenge participants were remarkably diverse group living mostly in the Bay Area but also Sacramento, Los Angeles, and cities outside of California.

Robert Goodspeed
June 13, 2009, 1pm PDT
Cities are warming up to the idea that planning for the future means more car sharing programs and fewer parking spaces.
The New York Times
January 2, 2009, 5am PST
Inhabitat selects their top 10, ranging from DIY bicycles to the fall of the S.U.V. Notably, transit is barely mentioned.
Inhabitat
Blog post
December 16, 2008, 2pm PST
In late 2007, it was with increasing frustration that I penned and op-ed entitled "Make Miami a Bicycle-Friendly City." Appearing in the December 13th edition of the Miami Herald, the article implored City officials to make the city more amenable to bicycling (It was no surprise in the spring of 2008 when Bicycling Magazine named Miami one of the three worst cities in America in which to bicycle).

The City's response exceeded all of my expectations.

Mike Lydon
September 18, 2008, 1pm PDT
Scraper bikes, tricked-out bicycles adopted from scraper cars (with wheels so big they scrape the inside of the wheel well), have become increasingly popular among carless teens in Oakland, CA.
National Public Radio
September 2, 2008, 12pm PDT
One resident finds it surprisingly easy to live on Milwaukee's East Side without a car.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
August 26, 2008, 8am PDT
Shai Agassi, who's not quite the household name T. Boone Pickens is, has an even more radical plan to end the planet's oil addiction.
Wired
August 14, 2008, 5am PDT
Pittsburgh becomes first city in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to hire a full-time bike/pedestrian coordinator.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 7, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>After years of being ranked one of the worst bicycling cities in America, the City of Boston is moving forward with bicycle infrastructure development as a means to cutting congestion and pollution.</p>
The Boston Globe
August 2, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The 'Winglet' is a new, Segway-like vehicle in development by Toyota. The video shows the Winglet in action.</p>
The Guardian U.K.
July 17, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Students at Petoskey High School in Michigan are building the first “frybrid” -- a grease-powered hybrid -- in Northern Michigan.</p>
Petoskey News-Review
July 14, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Florida are looking at a future of dwindling resources for road-building, and projecting the need for alternative transportation.</p>
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Blog post
July 7, 2008, 10am PDT

Basic Elements

Mike Lydon
June 22, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming met Thursday to discuss smart growth and its ability to reduce energy use and emissions.</p>
Grist
June 19, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A Taiwanese inventor is proposing a rail system that never stops for passengers, virtually eliminating delays. Follow the full story link to see the video.</p>
boingboing.net
June 13, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Soaring fuel costs are seeing more people turning to non-conforming vehicles, such as golf carts. But studies show that they are a risky mode of transportation.</p>
The Globe & Mail
May 25, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Scooter sales are on the rise, as Americans wake up to the effect of high gas prices on their pocketbook.</p>
May 8, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>The City of Portland joins Davis, California, as the only other city to earn the League of American Bicyclists' Platinum rating.</p>
The Oregonian