Green Transportation

The latest and greatest on the many ways to move around, from electric cars and hybrid vehicles to commuter and electric bikes.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area Leads on Progressive Bike Policy

By Maggie Tiede

Over the past 20 years, bike lanes, bikeways, and bike-sharing services have exploded in popularity nationwide. These forms of progressive bike policy are especially prevalent in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, which has become one of the most bicycle-friendly places in the world. Now, research is showing that bicycle commuting can provide massive benefits to personal and community health, and Minneapolis-St. Paul is continuing to lead the way in this exciting new policy arena.

Bike Breakthrough: Connecting Neighborhoods with Low-stress Routes

By Jay Walljasper

Cities expand stand-alone bike lanes into full networks everyday people actually like to use.

An Ode to Small Pickup Trucks

By Greg Rossel

As U.S. auto manufacturers scramble to corner the suburban market for overfed pickup trucks, the vehicle needs of working people are being ignored. Whenever my colleagues meet, eventually the conversation comes around to the fact that none of us can find a vehicle that is practical. Maneuverability in tight yards, fuel efficiency, cost of tires and wheels, dependability and frame longevity in regions exposed to a lot of salt, and bed capacity are all being ignored. U.S. manufacturers apparently are operating in a silo, just talking to themselves — content to sell sizzle and bling rather than market usefulness. Here is my ode to the practicality of small pickup trucks.

Mother Earth News Fair in Oregon and Our Solar Bus

By Brett Belan, Apparent Energy

We displayed the bus at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. We will also discuss the performance with the new batteries and solar array and our trip to Burning Man.


Walkable Communities Find Their Stride from Coast to Coast

By Jay Walljasper

Huge health benefits heighten the need to make sure all Americans live in walkable communities.

What It’s Like to Drive a Chevy Volt Hybrid-Electric Car

By David Borden

Driving the Chevy Volt car is a pleasant experience and can be best summed up with the two “Qs”: Quick and Quiet. Read to discover notes on interior, handling, and automation features in the Chevy Volt. I hope you find my experience helpful in making your choice of a next car.

3 Green Transportation Options for City Living

By Maggie Tiede

No one likes sitting in traffic—especially not the eco-conscious among us. If you’re an urban homesteader, you know green travel is tough to manage in the city. What you might not know is that there are a number of strategies that can help you to beat the commuter blues, as well as to better accomplish day-to-day tasks like grocery shopping and recreation. Cut down on driving, step up healthy exercise, and explore new parts of your city, all while knowing you’re helping to reduce emissions and keep the planet healthy!

The Chevy Volt: The Belt and Suspenders of the Automotive World

By David Borden

In keeping with my cautious and frugal Yankee heritage and senior status, I am slowly shedding vehicles and transitioning to a single car. As an interim step, I bought a 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier with two optional safety and convenience packages, and these are my initial impressions. Learn from this advice for first-time electric vehicle drivers in this Chevy Volt Review.