Splendid Bicycles for Cargo and Kids (238)

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Picture a sofa perched on a bicycle for its move across town! That's how Portlanders Joel and Barb Grover transport items too big or awkward for a car. More and more folks in bicycle-friendly terrain are using cargo bikes for their in-town transportation needs — carrying … [Read more...]

Applying a Peak Oil Filter to Financial Choices (222)

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"If peak oil occurs, it will dominate most everything else that we do, because energy drives everything." Financial consultant Jim Hansen's peak oil filter doesn't just guide  investment decisions for his client portfolios. He applies it to his personal lifestyle (you may be … [Read more...]

Two Households, One Car (213)

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At first Judy Alexander was reluctant to share a car with neighbors Richard and Sue Dandridge. But their invitation intrigued her, especially since her aging car felt unsafe for long trips. After a trial year, she found the arrangement freeing and sold her car. Judy and … [Read more...]

“Your Environmental Road Trip” – a film festival in one movie

"YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip" is an entire environmental film festival wrapped up in an absorbing and entertaining, fast-paced two-hour documentary that's both personal and planetary. Friends Mark, Julie and Ben pack themselves into a Prius to tour all 50 states in … [Read more...]

Undriving™ – Changing the Way We Think (205)

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Be the first in your group to get your Undriver License™ — it's great fun! You pledge to reduce automobile use — yours or others'. Seattle founder Julia Field's creative project is sparking imaginations and creativity by changing how people think about getting around — be it … [Read more...]

Getting My Official Undriver License™

November 13, 2010. Robyn and I biked with our friend Marita across Seattle to get our Undriver Licenses™ at a Liveable Streets event held at the University of Washington, with lots of groups tabling there, low-cost helmets, and more. We made a beeline for the Undriver … [Read more...]

At the ReCyclery, What Goes Around Comes Around

September 10, 2010. In Port Townsend's uptown district with lovely old Victorian houses and retail stores, we found a fabric sign for "The ReCyclery" hanging on a fence beside a gate. Inside was a spacious backyard lawn, with a lineup of used bicycles and a small shed. … [Read more...]

Changing the World One Bike Rider at a Time (182)

A weekly free bike coop where you can use mechanics' tools and expertise to fix your bike? Free clinics where schoolkids or neighbors learn to maintain or build their own bikes from used parts? Chauncey and Dash Tudhope-Locklear make a living repairing bicycles, but … [Read more...]

Bicycling on Three Wheels — Transportation of the Future?

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In Peak Moment's very first field production, bicycle enthusiast Galen Shumacher takes us for a spin on a three-wheeled "tadpole." This human-powered vehicle (HPV), built for competition by the Chico State University HPV club, has two wheels in front and a single in back. … [Read more...]

Transit on Demand (Have Cell Will Travel)

What if you could make a call at any time on your cell phone and have a vehicle come to you within minutes, take you to your local destination, and cost about as much as a bus ride? Allen Hancock's notion of demand-responsive transit fills the gap between the private … [Read more...]