May 6, 2014
there's not enough emphasis on immediately reducing the number of carbon-burning vehicles per commuter, especially in large urban areas. developing energy alternatives is extremely important but such alternatives won't replace fossil fuels soon enough. we need to focus on other ways of reducing carbon emissions in the meantime. the simplest and most effective way to accomplish this is large-scale investment in common transportation and human-powered transportation. regarding the latter I also propose - legislation making bike lanes mandatory in any new road repair / construction - incentives for improving and expanding existing bike lanes as well as for creating such space on existing roads - bike lanes divided from, but along highways (where feasible) - developing more efficient and comfortable human-powered transportation
May 9, 2014
Simple but great idea! Nowadays, everybody talks of energy efficiency which is of course an important thing! But one thing that people tend to forget is: sufficiency. Or other put: less is more! This idea goes perfectly into that direction because in a city for the most of our daily ways we can replace a car with a bike. It was also shown that you're not necessarily faster by car than by bike, which especially holds true when you're crossing a lot of red lights or you're stuck in a traffic jam with your car. I would also like to stress that with less cars and more bikes we will have less traffic jams, more space for green areas, kindergartens and hospitals!
May 28, 2014
What about walking as Human Powered Transportation? Don't assume (or build your life around) requiring personal vehicle transportation. I'm as big a supporter of bikes as they come (try challenging me...), but do we really want to build a world where the next better solution is dependent on individuals or technology? Like Paul W. mentions, sufficiency is critical! Less IS more, so how can we lead by example and demonstrate to others how GOOD life is without the unnecessary/unhelpful stress that comes with needing a vehicle all the time.
Jun 19, 2014
I'm curious to hear more about adoption and implementation. Who would lead this effort? A group like Smart Growth America or the Alliance for Biking and Walking? Think about how national policy is currently set up to favor automobility...and then maybe think about how groups would work with the Federal Highway Administration to change federal policy to require this. How would this play out at the state/local level? Who would be the enforcer? Would Metropolitan Planning Organizations be involved?