North East Ohio Clean Transportation Program
Motorcars Honda in Cleveland Heights and Orwell Natural Gas will have two Honda Civic GX vehicles for display at Earth Fest 2011, Sunday, April 17!
Save the Date: October 15, 2010
What: Northeast Ohio Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day
When: Friday, October 15, 2010
National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Odyssey Day is coming........
Tri-C's Metro Campus will serve as the location for the 2010 version of this exhibit of clean vehicles including: clean fuel (biodiesel, propane, ethanol, natural gas) & clean technology (fuel cells, electric, hybrids & plug-in hybrids, low-speed electric) cars and trucks as well as a focus on practice based solutions including car sharing, car pooling, idle reduction, complete streets, and eco-driving.
This event is FREE and open to everyone! Read more »
Though most of us in Northeast Ohio enjoy a short average commute time (just 26 minutes), not all communities have that luxury. To cope, regions with high populations and high outward migration have adopted the use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes, otherwise known as the Carpool Lane. These forms of traffic infrastructure keep more vehicles off the road, but is it really doing much for smart growth and regional development? This author wants to weigh out the options.
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Help develop and prioritize strategies to address the unmet transportation needs of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people with low income. Read more »
Ford Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. expressed some provactive thoughts at a speech at the University of Michigan, captured in a Nov 14 article in the NY Times. Namely, he stated that,
"...the world's automotive fleet, now about 880 million vehicles, would grow to 2 billion by midcentury.
"One of the things we absolutely know as we move forward is that congestion is going to be as big a problem as pollution," Mr. Ford said.
This reminds me of a statement made by the great American industrialist Henry Kaiser, regarding the acceptance and success of the personal automobile:
via May 1944, Steel Labor
"The highway program already announced by Federal government really holds the key to the advancement of the auto industry. The saturation point in automovitve production is a long way off, provided proper streets and highways are available."
Well, it seems the Ford Chairman has acknowledged the problem of too many cars and not enough roads/parking spaces and it's encouraging to hear him say that he wants to be part of the solution.
via November 14 NewYork Times:
"Pointing to efforts under way in India and South Africa to encourage consumers to use bicycles, mopeds and public transportation instead of automobiles, Mr. Ford said, “The idea of individual car ownership as we know it today will change, too.”
Ford wants “to be part of that — not to be frightened by it, but to participate in it,” he said."
I believe this to be a landmark statement in the evolution of personal transportation. By focusing on the development of alternative modes of transportation, such as walking, bicycling, and mass transit, and re-arranging automobile ownerhsip as a co-op or carshare, we not only reduce the destructive effects of a car dominated society, but we dramatically increase the livability of cities.
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