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How being 'car ownership free' led to healthy living, community organizing and embracing transit 20.9.2014 MinnPost
When you meet Lars Christiansen for the first time, you realize he looks like he spends a lot of time on his bike: He’s fit and trim, with enviable posture. What you realize soon after is his passion about improving transit, deepening public engagement with the urban planning process and reimagining public space across the Central Corridor. The Hamline-Midway resident also admits that car-free living remains harder than it should be. “Our society has more cars than it needs,” he says flatly, “and that makes it hard to be completely car-free.” He prefers the term “car ownership free” to explain his family’s arms-length relationship with private motor vehicles. He and his wife, Nancy Fischer, sold their car about two years ago, plunging with abandon into the Twin Cities’ increasingly rich network of public and alternative modes of transportation. An avid, all-season cyclist, Christiansen bikes about 11 miles, round-trip, to his job at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. With two rear panniers and extra straps ...
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Wait and save for that 'slow travel' journey! 19.9.2014 TreeHugger
While airplanes have indeed made the world a smaller place, they've also eliminated much of what makes travel so wonderful. There are many reasons why holding out for slow travel is worthwhile.
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Exclusive: China's Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma car with 2012 design - sources 19.9.2014 Yahoo: Business
By Norihiko Shirouzu and Ben Klayman BEIJING/DETROIT (Reuters) - Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought stylish electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker's Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company's last year of production, people close to the companies said. Wanxiang aims to reintroduce by next year Fisker's electric cars, which enjoyed a cult following for their streamlined design among early fans including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber before the company's demise in 2013. ...
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Transport sector climate action key to close the world’s emissions gap 18.9.2014 THE CITY FIX
Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and its emissions ...
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Transport sector climate action key to fill the world’s emissions gap 18.9.2014 THE CITY FIX
Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and its emissions ...
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What India’s new road safety bill means for cities and citizens 17.9.2014 THE CITY FIX
Road safety issues have reached a pinnacle in Indian cities. In 2013 alone, 140,000 people died in traffic crashes, and many more were severely injured. These premature deaths and debilitating injuries put an intense burden not just on families and ...
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U.S. 36 motorists receive incentives with new commuting alternatives 17.9.2014 Denver Post: Local
As motorists endure another shutdown of U.S. 36 this week, a local nonprofit organization is offering incentives and ideas to ease congestion as the highway's reconstruction ...
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What Will It Take to Create Climate Justice? 16.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Transit in Riverview Corridor getting fresh look 14.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Ramsey County is conducting a new study of options for the route from downtown St. Paul to the Mall of America.
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City weighs traffic-calming options for Uptown's West 29th Street 13.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Residents want to keep parking, but like one-way and traffic calming options for West 29th.
'Woonerf' may be headed to W. 29th Street 12.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Crowd at Uptown discussion favors traffic-calming approach.
'Woonerf' traffic calming may be headed for problem street in Uptown 12.9.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Crowd at Uptown discussion favors traffic-calming approach.
'There Is No Alternative': Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground 12.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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This New Bridge In Portland Was Built For Everyone... Except Cars 9.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. Like with craft breweries, beard trim joints, and bike-friendly apartment developments , ask a Portlander what their favorite bridge is in town and you’re sure to get a variety of very opinionated answers. Some might say the Hawthorne Bridge, an old-school truss (built in 1910, it’s the oldest vertical-lift bridge still in operation in the United States) with considerable bike traffic . Others might be particularly fond of the Broadway Bridge (1913), a classic drawbridge that’s been done up in international orange (aka “Golden Gate Red”) since the early 1960s. Some might be torn between the simple charms of another bascule beauty, the Burnside Bridge (1926), and the St. John Bridge (1931), a showy steel suspension bridge with can't miss 'em Gothic towers that rise above the Willamette River at the city's northern edge. Other Portland residents might be members of the Steel Bridge (1912) fan club. Although this unostentatious double-decker truss ...
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Sugar House Streetcar ignites broader transportation debate 7.9.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
This streetcar could be named Discord. Set against a landscape of numerous transportation challenges, a proposal to spend another $15 million on the Sugar House Streetcar boiled over in frustration last week at the Salt Lake City Council. The $37 million S-Line that opened to fanfare last December in Salt Lake City has been an under-performer, garnering about one-third the projected ridership. It runs from the TRAX Central Pointe Station at 200 West and 2100 South to 2250 S. McClelland St. (105...
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When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays 6.9.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in CityLab and is republished as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A big reason for opposition to bike lanes is that, according to the rules of traffic engineering, they lead to car congestion. The metric determining this outcome (known as "level of service") is quite complicated, but its underlying logic is simple: less road space for automobiles means more delay at intersections. Progressive cities have pushed back against this conventional belief—California, in particular, has led the charge against level of service —but it remains an obstacle to bike lanes (and multi-modal streets more broadly) across the country. But the general wisdom doesn't tell the whole story here. On the contrary, smart street design can eliminate many of the traffic problems anticipated by alternative mode elements like bike lanes. A new report on protected bike lanes released by the New York City Department of Transportation offers a great example of how rider safety can be increased even ...
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CDOT office opens to field I-70 questions 3.9.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
The Colorado Department of Transportation has opened a project office to answer the public's questions about plans for the future of Interstate ...
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Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming 2.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Julia Trezona Peek Once the lone province of climate scientists, the chorus warning of the costs of inaction on climate change grows larger daily, from former United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who warned Washington this summer of the coming climate bubble, to Desmond Tutu, who has urged institutions to divest from fossil fuels. Even the U.S. Congress, the week before August recess, introduced two big climate-related bills (in the House) and held four hearings on climate change. The tide is clearly shifting. Financial pressure from the fossil fuel industry, however, has helped ensure that overall the U.S. Congress has done little to confront the challenges of a warming world. The fossil fuel industry spent $536 million on lobbying and donations to the 112th Congress and receives an estimated $37.5 billion annually in U.S. subsidies. This lobby legacy, and the bias Congress and the administration have given to the fossil fuel industry, is what is ultimately responsible for the ...
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Million Electric Vehicle Bill Sent to Governor Brown 29.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Max Baumhefner, Attorney, Clean Vehicles & Fuels, San Francisco: California is poised to open a portal to America’s future, shoving Big Oil off the highways to make room for cleaner transportation alternatives that will improve the nation’s health and provide drivers with much-needed relief from pain at the pump....
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Aug. 30 Readers' letters 29.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers.
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