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Biking in the Cape: Some Lessons and Ideas

Today, my family and I enjoyed a long bike ride through Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This ride was made possible by a national program called Rails to Trails. The program is pretty self-explanatory: previous rail lines are converted into bike and/or multi use trails. It is great program that has led to the completion of many… Continue reading Biking in the Cape: Some Lessons and Ideas

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bikes · car dependency · cars · ciclovia · cyclovia · New Urbanism · transit · transportation · Tucson · urban

Cyclivia in Tucson: The Posibilities for the Future

This past weekend, Tucson had its first cyclovia event. On Sunday, from 10 AM until 2 PM, four sections of different streets were closed off to automobile traffic, freeing the streets for non-motorized activities for miles. This page has more information, and this blog has a good write up of the event. The purpose of… Continue reading Cyclivia in Tucson: The Posibilities for the Future

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What Methods Can We Use to Prevent People from Buying a Car in the First Place? 1. Carsharing

I would like to start this post with a disclaimer: I am not an anti-car person, and I never will be. Motor vehicles are amazing inventions. They increase mobility for the users and allow owners of cars to go wherever they want whenever they want. However, there are a few drawbacks to a car oriented… Continue reading What Methods Can We Use to Prevent People from Buying a Car in the First Place? 1. Carsharing

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The Extreme Importance of Zoning Policy

The cities we have created today are relatively unsustainable. By unsustainable, I mean a place that can not easily survive for a long period of time. The primary reason behind this is zoning policy. There are two major issues with current zoning policy:1) Subsidizing Sprawl: We continue to pour money into developments that make our… Continue reading The Extreme Importance of Zoning Policy