- We’ve been reading with interest the series at Car Free Days about moving your kids from cargo to self-propelled riders: Check out the latest installments — “It’s not you, it’s me” and “Look Both Ways.” Great inspiration and practical ideas for everyone who hasn’t yet made it through that transition. This post by Adrienne of Change Your Life, Ride a Bike is also inspirational — it’s about her three kids all getting to the first day of school on bikes (including the Kindergartner). Even Bicycling.com gets into the act by encouraging us to teach kids to ride to school.
- Walk Score is now even better, and will give you public transportation ratings (if you live in a city that’s covered)! Read all about the changes on Transportation for America. I looked at my walk/transit score again (an 82 for walkability and a 69 for transit), and I have to say I feel my neighborhood has been dissed a little since it tells me 93% of Cambridge is more walkable, but I’ve decided that reflects more on the awesomeness of Cambridge that it does on my hood.
- Josh Lipton of Utility Cycling gives a tour of all of the ways we use our bikes in this great post. Bikes are so much more than racing and recreation!
- Speaking of Utility Cycling, Adam over there writes a great post about the hidden dangers of mixed-use bike/pedestrian paths. We also wrote a post a couple of months ago about courtesy in mixed use areas that is relevant.
- Do we really want to be sending people the message that mass-transit sucks and forcing even more people into car dependency. Well, that’s exactly what is happening in today’s economy according to this Grist article. The message is that we need more sustainable transportation options and we need them even though governments are strapped for cash. Dammit. Plus, public transit provides a public health benefit.
- Tom Vanderbilt has a piece on Slate that argues that Hollywood is perpetuating the myth that the carfree condition is for losers only.
- Think that biking for transportation is a hip new trend. Think again says Dottie of Let’s Go Ride a Bike. Dottie talks about a 1941 Click magazine piece titled “Bike Cycle? How to Go Places Without Gasoline.” Full of great shots from the magazine!
- My Wheels are Turning crunches the numbers to show the savings resulting from going carfree.
- Do you ride with a partner ever, especially a significant other? Then this post by Alan at Eco Velo is for you. He talks about how to ride together without wanting to kill each other, even if you have differences in biking styles or abilities.
- Finally, Shareable profiles a carfree family of four — yay for carfree families!
Carfree Roundup August 17, 2010
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