Green Transportation

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

Phase 2 and Solarrolla

By Brett Belan, Apparent Energy

I will discuss the plans to finish up phase 2 on the solar electric vw bus and introduce you to the latest project, a solar powered scooter.

How to Advocate for Progressive Bike Policy and Infrastructure in Your Community

By Maggie Tiede

The push for bike-friendly policy and infrastructure is growing worldwide, and your community may be able to benefit from these community organizing and advocacy strategies: starting a bicycling league, conducting community research, and letter-writing campaigns.

The Surprising Future of Bicycling: 12 Reasons Why Its Popularity Will Continue to Soar

By Jay Walljasper

Slowly but surely, more U.S. communities are realizing that the future of mobility is bigger than cars. Biking is seen as an attractive, cost effective, healthy and convenient way to get around and is growing in popularity all over the country.

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.