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What we can do to get people out of cars
4 years ago
I am constantly surprised that, in these times when people know about climate change, I still see many people driving just as before. Still the same traffic. It seems bizarre. We have to help change this. I would be interested in suggestions of practical actions we can take, things we can do, to help get people out of their cars.
4 years ago
I wonder whether Greenpeace should be out there protesting outside car sales yards, eg yards that sell inefficient vehicles.
4 years ago
I think part of the problem is that sometimes you just can't get where you're going when you need to be there by public transport. Perhaps employers need to have sustainable transport policies so that employees aren't required to go between multiple locations in the one day. Or just remove all the parking spots :)
4 years ago
I think this is something needing an attitude shift from people who buy cars- why battle through the protestors when you can buy a car online?   We somehow need to encourage people to assess whether they really need to take the car. I read an interview with Catherine McNeil, an Aussie model, and she said she's never learnt to drive so she walks everywhere and that's what keeps her fit (in all senses- she looks great!) Maybe a campaign with her pic on it saying this is what walking can do for you!
4 years ago
A big problem is how many cities and towns are structured. They do not allow a person to easily or in a timely manner get to where they need to be, without a car. Education is definitely important, people make much better decisions when they are informed. Getting people to listen long enough to be informed may be a problem. Amy might be on to something with model ad campaign. Something should be done to give walking and bicycles a sexier image. Who does not want to be sexy, right? Also should be illegal for an employeer to deny someone a job, due to not having a car. Unless, the vehicle is essential to their responsibilities. This happened to me recently, despite my location and that of the job being in the dowtown area.
What we can do to get people out of cars.
4 years ago
First of all we have to make public transportation convenient. For instance when I was working I could drive to work in 20 to 30 minutes on city streets. If I took the bus, only public transporation available, it would have taken me 2 hours to work and 2 hours home. I think trains and street cars should be our main focus, but they take time to build. Here in Arizona we just build a street car system but it stop way to short. We have to get better at reviewing and renewing our infrastructures every two to three years and plan accordingly. That includes roads, transportation, bridges, etc. We do like many commercial building owners. They build/buy property and then lease and do very little to keep up the buildings until they start falling apart or a disaster happens and they say, gee, maybe we should earthquake proof our buildings. We need to be proactive not wait until it will cost more and take longer. I understand what I am suggesting isn't immediate. I am just as frustrated as everyone else with the current mindset of many. We need a collective attitude adjustment. We need leaders that will led us in the right direction.
4 years ago
I think we need to be vocal to get the changes that are needed. I like organisations that speak up and take actions to get attention and results.
4 years ago
We have an annual Walk to Work Day in Australia, but I don't know about other countries. Still, you could always organise one with your employer and get your colleagues involved. And it doesn't have to only be once a year. http://www.walk.com.au/wtw/page.asp?PageID=207
4 years ago
Wow! Walk to work! --Could be ambitious! :-)) Here in San Francisco we have a Bike to Work Day in May of each year. And more bike lanes are being laid. My dream is for more employers to support telecommuting. That could theoretically have a huge and immediate impact on emissions. Once again though, too many business types are the last to get on board and do something for the greater good lest it bite into their profits. Anyways, this a great thread. Thanks for all the thoughtful posts. We need to bring this dialog to others who don't (yet) feel the importance of dealing with our sick and destructive fossil fuel use. There are practical things we can all do, like supporting candidates who support global warming legislation like California's AB 32--the Global Warming Solutions Act.   -Lorren  
Walk to work day 2010
4 years ago
Actually, it's coming up soon- Friday 1st October. According to the website, it's not strictly necessary to walk all the way: -If you can't walk all the way, use public transport and get off the bus, train, tram or ferry a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way to work. -If you must drive, leave the car at least a kilometre from your destination and walk the rest of the way. -Take a half-hour walk at lunchtime and where possible use the stairs. -If you are required to sit a lot at work, get up and walk around at least once every hour. So perhaps not too ambitious :)
x-prize automotive race
4 years ago
there was an automotive x-prize recently that sought to completely transform cars, and gave an incentive prize of 10 million. one of the conditions of the race was to achieve 100 miles per gallon!!! the winner was Oliver Kuttner, with his Edison 2 car, that has a completely respecified gasoline motor. the car is so light 850 pounds, that it can be pushed with one finger. if you search at yahoo, or google, for the progressive automotive x-prize, you can find photos of the cars. second and third place went to electric cars, that made nearly two hundred miles per gallon!! alot more went into the race than just mpg's, they also had to be safe, and travel certain distances without recharging, it looked very exciting.
An Idea for Sharing Transportation - Sofishare
4 years ago
    Sofishare is a person-to-person bike and car sharing network, and this, in a nutshell, is its story - well, hopefully just the start of its story!                                                                               I used to have a car and I loved it (a Saab story). But when finally no one would fix the transmission, I gave it up and went carless. It didn't take long to realize that I didn't need a car of my own. In fact, I seldom needed a car at all.                                                                                 I started riding my bike a lot more, and really appreciated the savings, the fresh air, the exercise, and the different kind of engagement (versus the isolation of a car) that one has with one's environment. My city, Philadelphia, has pretty good public transit, so bigger distances were no problem either. Still, every now and then I wanted a car for this or that. As I would walk around my neighborhood, I began to think... "These streets are lined with cars that mostly just sit here. If only there were a convenient way to organize and share these cars. I'd gladly pay a little, and it would be a win-win..." And not only my neighborhood - it seemed like just about everywhere I went had the same glut of cars.                                                                                                           Out of that experience I came up with Sofishare ('wise sharing'), a person-to-person car and bike sharing network. It's free to join and to use and you can sign up with a vehicle or without. If you list a vehicle, you set your own terms, and you always have the option to decline a request for a reservation. There's a feedback/history system, and plenty of ways to tailor the experience to your preferences, including, of course, privacy.                                                                               As far as cars are concerned, people often ask, "But what about insurance?" In some cases this may be a deal breaker, but in many it's not. There's a more detailed discussion of this on the FAQ page of the Sofishare site.   Vehicle sharing is not only practical and economical on a local level, but it's also an ideal tool for travel. Sofishare's Facebook page already has fans from over 40 countries. People really seem to like the idea, though sign-ups are still only trickling in.                    I invite you all to explore the site - sofishare.com, and I hope that some of you will consider signing up. Feel free to write to me with any questions, and I also welcome your comments, enthusiastic or skeptical.                                                                                                Cheers, Eric      
4 years ago
What a fantastic idea Eric! I love that it's free to join and use, and that it utilises vehicles already on the roads, instead of buying new ones. In Sydney, we have Go Get, which is also a car share scheme, but you have to pay membership fees and a certain amount when you actually use the cars. Still, it's better than everyone buying their own car I guess. http://www.goget.com.au/
4 years ago
Good idea Eric!
4 years ago
Greenpeace is organising a global day of action on climate change, taking place on 10 October. People are all welcome to organise events and post them on the Grenpeace 10/10 site. There is also a top 10 list of ideas for events - one is a mass bike ride: http://links.mailing.greenpeace.org/ctt?kn=4&m=35816653&r=NTYxNDg1NjczNwS2&b=0&j=ODI2MTU2MzgS1&mt=1&rt=0
4 years ago
We can lobby for car-free developments like this: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=10702248 I like it!
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4 years ago
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