Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

Bike, run or walk

As someone who walks a fair amount, at least on my lunch hour at work, I thought I would continue on this path by posting an article entitled “9 Great Things Walkers and Bikers Know about Their Communities that You Don’t” by Starre Vartan at Mother Nature Network.

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Green Librarian

 

Bike to the future

So while I love everything green, I’ve also have a love for history and so this article sort of combines the two just a bit. Since I’ve also been trying to restore my bike, it includes that too.

The article is about a bicycle highway in England that was actually established back in the 1930’s and is entitled “280 Miles of Hidden British Bike Paths Rediscovered on Google Street View” by Matt Hickman over at Mother Nature Network.

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Green Librarian

VIA Rail Canada and Trans Canada Trail

Back when my oldest son was still quite young, I acquired a videotape of the VIA Rail Canada train and I must admit, I rather enjoy it as well. It’s about a train that runs east and west, from Toronto to Vancouver, Canada.  I still think it would be something fun to do one day with him and maybe all of my kids.

Anyway, I recently came across an alternative route that is a little more environmentally friendly, called the Trans Canada Trail. All told, it runs over 15oo miles, starting in Newfoundland and stretching west across the great white, as well as, north to British Columbia.

The article on the Trans Canada Trail is entitled “World’s longest car-free trail stretching 15,000 miles to open next year in Canada” by Tafline Laylin over at Inhabitat. Something tells me if we do one, it will probably be the VIA Rail Canada. At least it’s still environmentally friendly in that it’s public transportation.

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Green Librarian

 

Take a walk

After all, it was the original form of transportation, that and running. Yesterday my youngest son suddenly showed interest in using his scooter now and an old bike that has been sitting on the porch for months on end.

I had plans to get rid of it and another one (both which had been given to us by friends) but after my daughter gave the first one to a friend of hers down the street who needed a newer one, my son suddenly decided he wanted the other one.

Anyway, I found this article on walking entitled “Walking is transportation too” by Lloyd Alter over at Treehugger a really good read on the importance of walking as a form of transportation. So take a walk! I did this afternoon with my two younger ones.

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Green Librarian

Just put one foot in front of the other

Years ago I went to a talk on walkable communities and this article just took me back to that presentation. Like then, I would still agree that pedestrians are considered second class citizens in many cities.

The article I’m talking about is ‘Why are intersections designed for cars instead of pedestrians?  by Lloyd Alter over at Treehugger. I love the idea of having the drivers push the button to go instead of the people walking and if you agree, then check out the original article entitled  “About those pesky pedestrian crossing buttons…by Rachel Quednau over at Strong Towns.

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Green Librarian

Biking through Paris

Okay, I’ve been to Paris and I’ve definitely biked but never have I biked in Paris. That said, it seems like Paris is way ahead of us when it comes to biking and the roads.

The city I live in has some bike roads but the one thing I’ve noticed is that not everyone reads the directions the same way. To stop or not to stop at a red light, signaling to turn or even which side of the road to bike on.

According to this article, “City of Paris to let cyclists go through (some) red lights” by Lloyd Alter over at Treehugger, the Parisians are making an attempt. At this point, I need to make an attempt to get my biking working again. The last time I road it was probably sixteen years ago, the age of my oldest son.

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Green Librarian

 

The microbes have it

Who knew that when I’m ride the local metrolink here in St. Louis that along with all the passengers sitting around me that there are many more that I can’t see.

According to this article over at LiveScience, “The Microbes That Ride the NYC subway With You” by Megan Gannon. Sounds like a really gross  citizen science project.

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Green Librarian