Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Are cars returning?

Based on the traffic data, yes, cars are returning to the road. And they are returning in new ways, which are the old ways. People are living farther apart and require cars for basic tasks. Concerns about isolation will persist and many will insist on private transportation instead of mass transit. 

So what does this mean? 

For climate change and carbon consumption, perhaps this will bring new electrics on to the road. Rise of solar to power those cars may also change the mix of vehicles. Working from home removes one of the primary reasons for commuting, so perhaps that will offset the increased distance. What we forget is for many work is a social endeavor as much as a functional one. So I do see a return to road congestion. 

So will things be the same or will they be different.  Hard to tell and too soon to tell. But I do know this is human nature is pretty locked in. In the absence of fear people choose easy and what easy is will make the difference for us collectively. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Pandemic bike riding

Hello there!

It's been awhile since I've posted on this site, and I was surprised to find out that it is still alive and somewhat well. A lot has happened since I posted that most people know about, so I'll skip the recap.

One pleasant benefit of the pandemic has been the increase in bicycle riding to get around and stay fit. A side benefit is that if done right, it's a way to socialize in a socially distant way. So now is a great time to get out and enjoy.

While the car may seem like a safe bubble, the alternative may be equally healthy.

Be safe, be healthy!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Fewer roads in our future.

The Iowa IOT Chief publicly shares the concern that maintenance of more roads is not feasible so it might be best to let roads disappear. I'll let the article speak for itself but this summarizes it effectively
Per capita driving has peaked in America, and with that new normal comes the question of whether or not we should be spending limited transportation funding on building new roads. If nothing else the driving trends support the wisdom of a “fix-it-first” policy that focuses on highway maintenance over expansion.
Iowa DOT chief Paul Trombino recently took that logical conclusion one step further. During an Urban Land Institute talk, Trombino told the audience he expects the state’s overbuilt and unsustainable road network to “shrink,” according to Charles Marohn of Strong Towns. Iowans should figure out which roads “we really want to keep” and let the others “deteriorate and go away.”

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A day in the life of Caltrain.

This is a piece about new Caltrain board member experiencing first hand the trials and tribulations of the Caltrain system. Has details about the upcoming electrification and additional cars planned.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The cost of cars

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?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Now this is cool! Battery assisted bikes for all

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

I have to admit the internal hubs of citibike and Bay Area Bike Share are working great too.

Friday, October 11, 2013

SFPD has a twitter account for bike thefts

Just found out the SFPD has created a Twitter account for bike thefts. Follow for news and to report.

your PSA for the day!