Twenty-four trillion US dollars. An exciting new report finds that would be the money saved between now and 2050 if the world got itself seriously onto bikes. We’d have a stronger shot at actually managing air pollution and climate change. We’d be a lot fitter, too.
Wouldn’t it be a quieter world? And a more fun one? Is this about massive realignment in basically all human living arrangements? You bet it is. Massive change is coming either way.
The report is from UC Davis and the Institute for Transport and Development Policy (42-page .pdf file)
Or we could just demand our entitlement to fossil fuels and internal combustion whatever the cost and outcomes.
The high price of cheap gas
Time and money in the 905: it’s amazing the stranglehold car commuting puts on us. In Brampton, a family is trying to work their way around the weighty inevitability of it all. Coincidentally, the Toronto Star looked at their efforts right at the time of the Toronto International Auto Show, a major fest of cool cars and long payment plans.
Nobody is saying the car economy is exactly over. Just that change is coming and change is possible…
Realize, you may not always get a thank you note along the way…
My life as an, um, activist raisethehammer.org
See also: (179) Automobituary
image: wyliepoon via Flickr/CC
Lots of mixed feelings and mixed results in the so-called sharing economy when it comes to getting around. Uber and Lyft seem to be making as many enemies as friends. Bike share programs thrive one minute and decline the next. What to do when getting around is such a big piece of being employable.
“tandem bike for four” via US Library of Congress/Wikimedia