Renewables Now Cheapest, But How To Enable Faster Renewable Energy Growth?

January 22nd, 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica Renewable energy is now the cheapest option, on average, for new electricity capacity around the world — in developed countries like the US as well as developing countries like India, China, Nigeria, and Mexico. As I noted the other day, we need to keep channeling this message to the broader public, and especially decision-makers, …

Record Number Of Americans Are “Very Worried” About Global Warming, Meanwhile Risk of Refugees from Climate Change is on the Rise

January 23rd, 2017 by Joshua S Hill originally published on CleanTechnica.com A new representative survey of Americans has found that a record number are “very worried” about global warming, while a majority of respondents professed some measure of concern about the issue. Conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication …

Gasoline Prices Don’t Really Impact Vehicle Choice Till $3/Gallon

January 24th, 2017 by James Ayre on CleanTechnica.com Gasoline prices need to be at least $3 a gallon before they begin impacting consumer vehicle purchase choice in the US, according to a new study from the market research firm MaritzCX. Once this $3 a gallon threshold is surpassed, fuel economy begins getting cited by consumers as a major factor in vehicle purchase …

Green Lane Project is complete

Michael Andersen, People for Bikes, 17 Jan 2017 65th Street NE, Seattle. The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project has been a five-year mission to accelerate the spread of protected bike lanes throughout the United States. Today is the project’s final day. It worked. Protected bike lanes can now be found in the states highlighted in blue. It’s not that protected bike …

8 Transportation Engineering Euphemisms to Retire

By Angie Schmitt Jan 17, 2017 StreetsBlog What engineers call an “improvement,” others might call a disaster. Cartoon: Ian Lockwood via ITE Have you ever gone to a public meeting about a street in your neighborhood, only to be told that your ideas to calm traffic would result in a “level of service” that would be “unacceptable”? Or that an “alternative transportation” option like a …

One British City’s Transit Solution: Tax Parking

By Angie Schmitt Jan 13, 2017 StreetsBlog A tax on parking in Nottingham, England, has funded a major tram expansion. Photo: Brian Fagan via Wikimedia Creative Commons Raising money for transit by charging more to drive is good public policy but difficult politics. If it was easy, many more cities would have a congestion pricing system in place by now. But one British …

The Injustice of Subsidizing Jobs People Can Only Reach By Driving

By Angie Schmitt Jan 13, 2017 on StreetsBlog Eaton Corporation used Port Authority funds to relocate its headquarters from downtown Cleveland to the nexus of several highways in the east side suburbs. Photo: Eaton Corporation The more far-flung the jobs in a region, the fewer are accessible via transit, biking, and walking — or even a short, inexpensive car commute. And yet, in many …

These new apartments come with a shared car

By Ben SCHILLER 01.11.17 on FastCoExist.com On-demand mobility changes the game for developers trying to meet outdated parking requirements on their new buildings. Like many high-end New York apartment buildings, the new Solaire development in Lower Manhattan offers complementary access to a full gym and a 24-hour concierge. What’s different about its amenities is in the parking lot: Residents can avail themselves of …

City unveils car-share program as a cure for Tel Aviv traffic

January 17, 2017 By Naomi Zeveloff In Tel Aviv, heavy traffic and a lack of parking can add hours to commutes. Now, the city municipality has taken a small step toward alleviating the road congestion with a new car-share program that will begin in the fall. Drivers will be able to rent from a fleet of 260 automatic Hyundai cars …