Author : All posts by Margherita Pryor

19

Jul

Biking and Walking: Our Secret Weapon?

More fitness. America’s obesity epidemic curbed. Less gasoline burned, fewer carbon emissions. Safer streets. Improved access to public transit. Those are just some of the reasons why biking and walking proponents say it’s time for the federal government to focus READ MORE

02

Jul

States and Transportation Stimulus

Here’s the link to a report by Smart Growth America on how states have allocated their transportation stimulus funding. While Rhode Island did well in spending 100 percent of its total road allocation to “system preservation;” i.e., taking care of READ MORE

25

Jun

U.K. launches $8M plan to aid cyclists (06/25/2009)

From today’s ClimateWire: Britain’s Transportation chief announced plans yesterday to provide better cycling facilities at major railway stations around the United Kingdom. The $8.2 million fund will allow for the creation of 10 terminals that provide improved cycling facilities for READ MORE

14

May

Montreal welcomed North America’s first large-scale bicycle-sharing program yesterday with a flight of 3,000 specially designed bicycles distributed among 300 closely spaced stations. Bixi, the bicycle-sharing system, operates around a computer chip-based, solar-powered, WiFi-enabled base station. Logistically, the use of READ MORE

12

May

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter Schoolchildren are being reintroduced to an old concept. It is called “active transportation.” Students in a handful of cities involved in this experiment probably don’t think much about the carbon emissions they are preventing as they READ MORE

12

May

In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars

May 12, 2009, NYTimes By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL VAUBAN, Germany — Residents of this upscale community are suburban pioneers, going where few soccer moms or commuting executives have ever gone before: they have given up their cars. Street parking, driveways and READ MORE

17

Apr

Note that kids are actually taught proper cycling in school, culminating with a police-supervised test! From today’s (04/17/2009) ClimateWire Saqib Rahim, E&E reporter In Freiburg, Germany, clever city planning places 2 out of every 3 residents within 500 meters of READ MORE

15

Apr

Is there a bike path in your future?

DOT hunts for ideas in Scandinavia (4/15/09) Phil Taylor, Energy&Environment reporter The U.S. Department of Transportation is sending a team of engineers and scientists to Europe next month to observe what Scandinavian countries are doing to keep bicyclists safe and READ MORE

20

Mar

From today’s Energy & Environment Daily 03/20/2009 Josh Voorhees, E&E reporter Any congressional debate on climate change and energy independence must take into consideration the nation’s transportation systems, Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said yesterday. “A discussion of climate change legislation READ MORE

19

Mar

From today’s Energy and Environment Daily (03/19/2009) Josh Voorhees, E&E reporter Creating “livable communities” by linking transportation planning with housing development is a top priority of the Obama administration, two of the president’s Cabinet members told lawmakers yesterday. Transportation Secretary READ MORE