Category Archives: Transportation

Today is Car-Free day around the world

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Today is Worldwide Car-Free Day. There are no planned activities in the Hudson Valley, but perhaps you could forgo one car trip today, or this weekend, in solidarity. Maybe next year there will be something for Hudson Valley towns. Meanwhile, here are a few reports and events from other parts. Washington, DC. and its environs…

A Manufacturing Renaissance in the Hudson Valley

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The movement to localize our food sources is already underway, but many don’t think we’ll realistically be able to bring back much in the way of local manufacturing. The buttons above are from a collection of 82 being auctioned this month at the Copake Bicycle Auction. Most feature various bicycle manufacturers, many from New York…

U-Rent it: Car sharing joins the social web (or hive?)

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EcoMash™ looks at the newest trend in car sharing First she helped create Zipcar, now Robin Chase is working with Mobivia Groupe to roll out Buzzcar in France. It’s all about leveraging excess capacity via smartphone application. In other words, you tap into the hive behavior to rent your car. Peer to peer renting seems…

Open Streets in the Hudson Valley

Miami was one of the first U.S. cities to promote a Ciclovia

Today is the one-year anniversary of the United States Department of Transportation announcement that “the establishment of well-connected walking and bicycling networks” will be part of all federal-aid transportation projects. Signed on March 11, 2010, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood broke the news March 15 at the National Bike Summit: We are integrating the needs of…

Bicycling in the Hudson Valley

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We are blessed with a beautiful landscape, and recreational cyclists converge on the Hudson Valley in the warmer months to enjoy our back roads and byways. But what about “every day” cycling, like commuting to work or cycling into town on an errand? Many of our small cities and towns are compact enough for those…

Sharing Cars in the Hudson Valley

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Do you know what CSA stands for? Until early this month, in the localization movement, it meant one thing: Community Supported Agriculture. Now it takes on a second meaning: Car Sharing Association. Two weeks ago, 18 carsharing companies officially formed the organization. The companies represent about

Polar Bears Selling Cars

I’m a bit late to the party—this commercial was released in the fall—but I was taken aback when I saw it over the weekend. Creating a cutesy commercial featuring a polar bear wandering from his or her arctic home to go hug a Nissan Leaf owner strikes me as offensive to polar bears and the…

Bike Racks for Beacon

Bikeable Beacon held its second meeting on Saturday, January 22,  at Bank Square coffee house on Main Street in Beacon. In attendance were representatives from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce, the Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee, the activist group Beacon Deserves Better, and Peoples Bicycle. The group decided on two projects: getting several bicycle parking racks…

Beacon Bicycle Commuting in the Snow

Bikeable Beacon will hold its second meeting at 10am on Saturday, January 22nd at Bank Square Coffeehouse. Bike routes and suggested rack locations in town will be reviewed, and planning for a May event will be discussed. Bikeable Beacon is a project from Beacon’s Conservation Advisory Committee, which has the rather unfortunate acronym CAC (how…

No Pants on
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While most folks are tightening their belts, the group Improv Everywhere staged its annual Global No Pants Subway Ride on January 9th to bring awareness and fun to public transportation. All are were invited: If your town has a subway system or some form of mass transportation (bus? trolley?), then get involved and organize your…