A day in the life of Caltrain.
Musings of a life without a car in California, well at least San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. Full of tips, observations and impact of automobiles on our lives. Check out the links to the right for resources and tips for reducing car usage. Get Active! Start Moving on your own energy! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The New York Times has a personal piece on the cost of cars on out health. Its nothing new but explores how our lives have been hijacked by cars. I know thay my time im Taipei has shown that a life in motion feels healthier.
It resonates with me. How about you?
The New York Times reports on a cool innovation that will make bicycling more accessible within cities. This wheel makes a standard bicycle a battery assisted the story is in share graph below. Apologize for the wonky post but Android is being funky again.
NYTimes: Start-Up Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel http://nyti.ms/1a9CFRN
I have to admit the internal hubs of citibike and Bay Area Bike Share are working great too.
Just found out the SFPD has created a Twitter account for bike thefts. https://twitter.com/sfpdbiketheft Follow for news and to report.
Well it has been a month and I am looking forward to statistics on the success of Bay Area Bike Share and it looks like they are working the kinks out. Bikes are being relocated regularly so in most cases it is possible to get and return a bike in most cases. Oddly it seems more challenging to find a slot to return a bike than get a bike with the Fourth and King station being particularly problematic. This illustrates the demand for mass transit interchange options.
It's no secret that I am a member of the Bay Area Bike Share and I even have the t-shirt to prove it. I was out of town during the opening but after Labor Day I have had quite a few opportunities to give it a try and so far the verdict is hopeful. There are a lot of kinks to work out and San Francisco does not have a leader of the stature of JSK to s Whay ape the landscape to make the city more bike friendly. So despite its similarities it doesn't match up to CitiBike but let's focus on the bike share program we have not the one we wish we had.
The New York Times has a piece on the decline of driving by recent generations and what does that matter for the economy. It gives some hypotheses as to why driving has taken such a decline. One is indirectly alluded to is that people now can use mobile devices and can feel more connected. I think that is partially true. One has to think about what the car use to mean in the past, and that was freedom, freedom from boredom. If you were bored at home, and given the lack of TV channels and the internet, the car was an escape from your own thoughts. However, today the car is boredom given the huge amounts of traffic that one has to deal with. We are a more populous place, and in our city centers our population has outpaced the number of roads to support them. So driving is now the boredom. People can surf the internet, explore thousands of pieces of media all from home. The claim is that technology is making people feel more connected so they don't have to meet in person, and there may be a degree of truth in that but people still want to get together. However, the new generation is opting to take mass transit since with the advent of the smartphone though the ride is longer, they no longer are as bored since they can distract themselves which is something they cannot do while driving. The car right now is the vehicle of maximum boredom. People would rather spend an hour in transit doing something and getting somewhere, vs 40 minutes of just getting somewhere. The smartphone has enabled mass transit in new ways because it reclaims some time. If traffic dropped, and transport was 20 minutes vs an hour consistently. I think driving would go up. What do you think, what is making people want to drive less?