The Ethics of Driving
New York Times Magazine writer Randy Cohen, aka The Ethicist, sits down with Mark Gorton from The Open Planning Project and discusses the ethical implications of driving, congestions pricing, biking and the use of public space by private individuals. Mr. ...
The Future of Transport?
Via our friends at Streetsblog, this slice of an old Disney film gives us a nice view of the future of our automobile society from mid-century. Enjoy!
Poznań, Poland Confronts Transport Challenges
Poznań, Poland Confronts Transport Challenges
Poznan’s currently car-free central square is threatened by increasing traffic congestion in the city. Photo by Lee Schipper. Lee Schipper was recently invited to Poznań, Poland by the consulting firm Convoco. In this article, Lee and Sylwia Klatka (Convoco’s managing ...
California Dreaming
California Dreaming
Photo by mj*laflaca In 2002 the National Academy of Sciences wrote a report suggesting a modest raise in new car fuel efficiency – from 28 miles per gallon to around 32 – was justified. The Bush Administration ignored this finding. ...
Schipol Versus Dulles: Intermodal Connectivity in Today's Cities
Schipol Versus Dulles: Intermodal Connectivity in Today's Cities
Dulles Airport is infamous for those “mobile lounges.” Photo by Kaptain Krispy Kreme from Flickr. In my continuing quest to identify the elements that make for an enjoyably car-free urban existence I definitely need to mention inter-modal connectivity. After all, ...
Milan Mayor Introduces Congestion Charging
Milan Mayor Introduces Congestion Charging
It’s not fashion week in Milan, so the chatter on the street is all about transport. Photo by William Butler Yeats Best known for haute couture and hot wheels, the northern Italian city of Milan has followed the lead of ...
Waiver-Gate?
The EPA’s recent denial of California’s request for a waiver that would allow it to set its own GHG emissions requirements for vehicles has stirred up a fair bit of controversy over the past week. In fact, in addition to ...
A Systems Approach for Reducing Greenhouse Gases
A Systems Approach for Reducing Greenhouse Gases
Photo by mocodragon. While the fuel economy standards in the latest energy bill are a welcome first step, giving us some relief from stagnation in fuel economy from vehicle fleet, the California approach, which treats greenhouse gases as pollutants, and ...
Increasing Fuel Efficiency Is Good, But It's Not Everything
Increasing Fuel Efficiency Is Good, But It's Not Everything
Legislation passed by Congress to raise fuel effiency is a welcome first step. Photo by Storm Crypt. As an engineer working in the field of sustainable transport I am very excited about the latest efforts to improve fuel efficiency, which ...
Moving Forward on Climate Change
Moving Forward on Climate Change
In all likelihood corn from fields like this one in Iowa will be used to fuel American cars. Photo by Homemade. In the last few months, high-profile senators like Obama, Clinton, Kerry, McCain, and Lieberman have all introduced important climate ...