Congress to bicyclists: get a car!
A new transportation appropriations bill would eliminate $600 million of annual federal funding for "transportation enhancements
" (more info here
), such as bike paths and walkways, while increasing
funding for highways. Is this a proper reflection of U.S. transportation habits, or just a scheme to deprive alternate transportation of much-needed funding?
posted by jdroth
on Jul 23, 2003 -
is an exhaustive history of the expressways, parkways, and river crossings that shaped metro New York over the last century and a half.
posted by PrinceValium
on Jun 15, 2003 -
"This car isn't meant to be an SUV, a mini-van, or a sedan"
... becuase, of course, it's a station wagon (the body type that dare not speak its name), albeit a sleek new Chrysler Pacifica, now starring in double-page spreads in your finer magazines. The Europeans have never stopped making great wagons, but its been a while since anything less apalling than the Taurus Wagon came out of Detroit or Tokyo.
posted by MattD
on Dec 18, 2002 -
last year i saw the land rover
, yesterday i saw the boot bus
. while it looks to be in support of a small commercial site
, the bus is a 'grassroots' adventure to document and share information gathered during their endless journeys in a VW bus. feel free to share your favorite 'common-man' travel resource.
posted by donkeysuck
on Nov 14, 2002 -
For The Discerning, Segway-Hating Man About Town:
Hammacher-Schlemmer's fantastic Unexpected
catalogue is full of classy transportation devices, among countless other fascinating products, with prices to suit all pockets. The Two-Person Submarine
is a snip at $62,900 but claustrophic types are well catered for too. There's the Zem 4-person bicycle
for $6,499.95; the One Person Helium Balloon
for 20K, the popular All-Terrain 2-Person Hovercraft
; the very European Vespa
motorbike; the extremely enticing Danish Police Runabout
at only $5,999.95; the sexy little Amphibious Car
for $9,995.95 and many, many
more outlandish and distinctive vehicles, from 7 Person tricycles
(for you, 16K)to a wooden '54 wooden
Mercedes 300SL. For more sedentary gentlefolk, there are Feline Drinking Fountains, Impervious Unbreakable Chip Trays and, for only 25 bucks, a Barbershop Hot Lather
Machine. Fancy anything, Madam or Sir?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 15, 2002 -
Lane Splitting 101.
Do you ride? Do you commute on your bike? Are you insane enough to split lanes?
Do you drive? Do lane-splitting bikes piss you off? Do they give you heart attacks?
posted by badstone
on May 10, 2002 -
ULTRa set for take off in Cardiff!
Urban Light Transport is finally here, and trials are under way in Cardiff, Wales for these four passenger driverless cars. It is estimated that the cost of implementation ($60m) will be 1/3 to 1/2 of that of a comparable light rail system.
posted by Why
on Feb 24, 2002 -
The Freeway Firing Line
- "Caltrans workers often have to dodge objects thrown by irate drivers." How angry do you have to be to roll down your window, grab a beer can and throw it at a highway worker? Has anyone here been on either end of this?
posted by espada
on Jan 29, 2002 -
Trains and boats and planes.
As the international environmental elite flies around the world attending conferences on global warming, earth-friendly toilets, whale saving, etc., these guys pause and figure out that jetting around kerosine-guzzling aircraft makes them part of the very problem they are trying to solve. So they travel to their next conference overland. Good start, fellows. Beyond warming up the air (actually a good thing, if you ask me), jets degrade the environment by needing to be served by city-sized airports, with all their attendent horrors, and by being damned noisy (I'll never forget the lovely silence that followed the air lockdown following 9-11). Besides walking to work, how else can conscientious eco-types put their money where their mouths are?
posted by Faze
on Nov 14, 2001 -
California Governor Announced
that there is a credible threat against the bridges of the state of California. Including the Golden Gate Bridge. The attacks are likely to take place between the second and ninth of November, during rush hour.
posted by yevge
on Nov 1, 2001 -
Cronyism, alive and well in Boston
- departing Massachusetts Port Authority (the authority that oversees Boston's Logan Airport) executive director Virgina Buckingham has been given quite the golden parachute...in the form of a $175,000 severance package. This, uh, outrage puts Gov. Jane Swift in tight spot
posted by tpl1212
on Oct 31, 2001 -
has been around for years, but doesn't seem to have been posted here yet. It lists schedule and fare information for several dozen public transportation agencies in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. It's not too flashy, but it's one of the most quietly useful websites I've found. For those of you who don't
live in and around San Francisco: are there websites like this for other regions?
posted by moss
on Sep 9, 2001 -
I guess we'll walk.
Much of eastern Canada is currently in the grip of one of the worst summers for smog on record, and a recent poll showed that 58 per cent of Canadians support the idea of limiting car use on smoggy days. However, just 37 per cent said they were willing to pay more taxes in order to improve public transportation.
posted by tranquileye
on Jul 30, 2001 -
I just want to know when I will get my hoverboard.
On July 6, 2001 Transdimensional Technologies, LLC will unveil the next evolutionary step in propulsion. A small prototype "lifter" will rise to the height of four feet without an engine, moving parts, conventional thrust, or propellant. Application of this technology is possible within one year, and a vehicle that is lifted and propelled by this force is possible in three years.
Video clip here.
posted by fluxcreative
on Jul 3, 2001 -
Yet another rail crash
in the UK, and trains are still not back to normal in the wake of the last one. It will be interesting to see how this increases road travel, something the country clearly isn't prepared for.
posted by methylsalicylate
on Feb 28, 2001 -
Compressed Natural Gas
is much more cleaner than diesel, the dual-fuel engines run quieter and you get lower operating costs. It's certainly very promising, and the technology is already widely implemented from busses to vans to trucks. However, changing a truck to this system can be costly
, especially for small fleets. With this and the lack of fueling stations across the nation, do you still
think this might be a good option for the future
posted by tiaka
on Jan 18, 2001 -
Britain's Traffic Problems
Sounds like the UK is trying its hardest to catch up with the US in auto-dependency. The Highways Agency is planning to spend US$1.75 billion on "intelligent transportation" improvements, but local motoring organizations are pushing for more lanes as traffic continues to worsen. [more inside]
posted by daveadams
on Sep 6, 2000 -
Would you like to live in a city where everything you need is within a five-minute walk? Where you can get from one side of a city of a million people to the other in less than thirty minutes? Where the air is clean, people are healthy, children and the elderly aren't dependent on others to get where they want to go, and life is beautiful? You can have it all--just ban cars.
posted by daveadams
on May 29, 2000 -