While here at EcoGeek we still celebrate advances in automotive technology, our friends at Carectomy.com take somewhat of a harder line. Carectomy is a resource for people who want to remove cars from their lives, and here's a sampling of this week's Carectomy stories.
In the 1920s most people traveled by trolley and streetcar: One in ten were automobile owners. 88% of people polled after World War II wanted the streetcar lines expanded. GM, however, had other ideas.
While Americans cruise crowded parking lots like buzzards, vying for the spot closest to the entrance, holiday shoppers in London’s West End are taking to the streets--and leaving their cars at home. The result: a dramatic increase in business in this European shopping Mecca.
Los Angeles’ Bicycle Kitchen is more than a bike shop. It’s a political movement. The nonprofit organization teaches people how to fix their own bikes and offers stands and tools to customers at an incredibly low rate. Their mission is to get people out of their cars and to start using more pedal power – no easy task in southern California.
The snowstorms that have been hammering the northeastern U.S. have made one thing clear: bad weather makes travel by car a losing enterprise. In Boston’s case, what made a recent weekday commute particularly atrocious wasn’t the severity of the storm – it was people’s reliance on their automobiles, an impractical transportation solution.
In stark contrast to the hard time cars have in deep snow, we feature some videos of trains plowing through snow so deep they need to be seen to be believed. Keeping a fixed track clear of course requires a lot less infrastructure than clearing all of the streets in a city and its surrounding ‘burbs.
Celebrate this holiday season with some glowing, two-wheeled cheer. Bringing holiday lights to a nighttime bike ride is as easy as stringing them up and plugging in a small, portable battery. As an added bonus, it’s hard for any cars to miss seeing you out on the road! We offer some cool images and links to specific instructions and suppliers.
A cutting-edge group of Berlin musicians have employed an unconventional instrument to add spunk to their signature sound. Ekkehard Windrich, a violinist with the group Kammerensemble Neue Musik (KNM) Berlin, impressed a New York audience last month when he strummed the spokes of a bicycle wheel with all the beauty and grace of a harpist. Windrich opened the concert by accompanying contemporary classics, like composer Stefan Bartling’s “Mit Namen” and “Randnotiz,” with the spinning bicycle wheel.
Bikers in San Francisco are beginning to think it will take an act of God to pass the city’s proposed Bicycle Plan, which calls for city-wide improvements in bike transit. The plan has been in the works since 1997, and proposes new bike lanes, new bike parking, and space for bikes on San Francisco’s Municipal Railroad metro trains, like the B.A.R.T. and Muni.
The eGo electric scooter may be a wonderful weapon in the carectomy patient’s arsenal. The plug-in vehicle slashes emissions and offers commuters point-to-point convenience. The eGo is purpose-built for short trips, which are the most environmentally damaging when done by car.
Critical Mass, the anarchistic monthly bike ride that takes place monthly throughout the world, got its start in San Francisco fifteen years ago. The last Friday of every month, cyclists congregate at a predetermined location and take to the streets. It’s part political statement, vying for cyclists’ rights; part bike-party; and a good dash of chaos that some times leads to clashes with motorists. Is this a vehicle for change or a disservice to cyclists?
written by GDAEman, December 24, 2007
written by The Geek, December 26, 2007
written by timmy green, December 26, 2007
written by annie, December 27, 2007
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