Once again, Carbusters has rated the movies nominated for Best Picture based on their depiction of transportation. Points are given for showing characters walking, riding bicycles and taking public transportation. Points are taken away for showing characters driving or riding in cars. If cars are used to show status or to depict freedom and independence, […]
The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around […]
We’ve all heard that our climate is going crazy and that carbon emissions are a huge part of that. But how much carbon can we emit before all hell breaks loose? What will happen if we emit more? What exactly will “all hell” entail? You can find the answers to these questions (and more) below. […]
A State-By-State (in the United States) Analysis of the National Decline in Driving After sixty years of almost constant increases in the annual number of miles Americans drive, since 2004 Americans have decreased their driving per-capita for eight years in a row. Driving miles per person are down especially sharply among Millennials, America’s largest generation […]
These books represent the yin and yang of bicycle guides.
Bicycle! is dense and technical. Heels on Wheels is charming and breezy.
Bicycle! has 19 chapters with headings like Drivetrains, Control Cables and Hubs.
Heels on Wheels has 6 chapters with titles such as “How to Incorporate Cycling into Your Lifestyle” and “Parking (Or, How to Ensure Your Bike Isn’t Stolen”).
Mexican people in rural areas have got economic problems but are rejecting the government’s supposed solution. Its mega-projects are disrupting communities and making them dependent on international markets, big business and national politics. Bici-maquinas are part of a movement that keeps local people in control of their own livelihoods and communities. Carlos is pushing down on the pedals […]
From 19-23 September a number of WCN activists gathered at the 3rd International Conference on Degrowth, Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in the carfree city of Venice to explore the synergies between the carfree and degrowth agendas and see how the movements could best complement one another. The first thing that was clear is that […]
If you are a student looking to add tens of thousands of dollars of long term debt, care little about the environment, and want to lump two tons of steel around campus while paying through the nose for insurance, gas, and parking…General Motors has got a perfect deal for you. Bonus: it’ll make you fat […]
In the last article we turned to the question of where to begin carfree conversions and how to increase density in the carfree areas. The strategy was simple and obvious: start at the transport halts and gradually expand the carfree areas as alternatives to cars and trucks become readily available. We also considered how to […]
In the Spring of 1904, the world’s first electrified advertisement appeared on a bank in New York at the corner of Broadway and 46th Street, in what was soon to be called Times Square. In many ways, this event anticipated the beginnings of the modern hyper-commercialized city. Roughly one hundred years later, the pedestrianization of […]