- TGV (bullet train): 9.6 koe/passenger
- Automobile: 28.8 koe/passenger
- Airplane: 32.2 koe/passenger
Naturally, slower trains would use less energy, but, as the article points out, then they would not capture market share from the far-more-polluting aircraft.
The short article is availabe at On Track to Energy Efficiency, in English.
So do as we did on our trip to San Jose: load your bike on a train, kick back and enjoy the trip and the good company, and have your favorite ride with you when you get there!
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 28 Jun 2007 07:36:30 -0800 [link]
Richard Risemberg on Mon, 25 Jun 2007 14:59:02 -0800 [link]
Take a look at it on our Powerwash page.
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 21 Jun 2007 08:58:37 -0800 [link]
Order your Hemp City Knickers now, and be the first on your block to ride in summer's slickest style!
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 20 Jun 2007 07:17:34 -0800 [link]
But why limit yourself to such specialized applications? There are thousands of acres of unused (or rarely-used) rooftop in most cities, that could (if the live-load limits of the roof structure permits) be used for urban farming, with the side benefit of providing habitat for birds and for work-weary humans. And they provide insulation for the building, reducing its energy use for both heating and cooling.
Green roofs have been in use for millenia; why do we keep forgetting what works to devote ourselves to cheap futilities?
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 20 Jun 2007 07:14:09 -0800 [link]
Amsterdam is cold, wet, crowded, and wealthy--and lives by the bike!
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 16 Jun 2007 07:33:19 -0800 [link]
His case goes to court on July 16th; you can read about it on the Greencycles blog--which includes links to the police "evidence" against Mr. Orsak.
Interestingly, video surveillance tapes of the interaction appear to have been erased....
Mr. Orsak needs all our support, moral or tangible. This is one more incident in a pattern of police harassment of cyclists exercising their legal rights on the roads of the American states.
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 14 Jun 2007 14:27:14 -0800 [link]
When the city's Planning Commission released a fiery memorandum in April, under the banner "Do Real Planning," one concern rose to the top. "Demand a walkable city," read its first sentence.To read the entire article, go to: Paving the Way
That's easier said than done. Many officials praise so-called smart growth, yet few planning regulations mandate it.
But on Thursday, June 14, in a presentation before the Planning Commission, city planners will unveil how they intend to actualize that demand, starting with Downtown. It marks the first official report for a project charged with implementing widespread design changes to Downtown streets.
Richard Risemberg on Tue, 12 Jun 2007 07:59:02 -0800 [link]
Better news is that we may finally have found a factory (albeit a tiny one) to produce the upcoming James Black Hat! The sample should be done this weekend, and if all goes well we'll start production a week or two after.
Meanwhile, I'm waiting to hear from what may be a viable supplier of merino for the jersey project--the last one I found was priced so high I wouldn't have been able to sell the product, at least not to anyone of sound mind.
And we're conceptualizing the hemp touring shorts and a possible rough-stuff knicker too, so this may be a busy year here at Bicycle Fixation!
Oh, yeah, and still ranting and raving about bikes, cars, sprawl, the environment, truth; justice, and the American Way; and all that. So stay tuned!
Richard Risemberg on Tue, 12 Jun 2007 06:46:13 -0800 [link]
A bicycle wheel without the bicycle attached is a cumbersome object to carry on a bicycle.
Harv said he'd strapped one to each side of a rack before, but I have big feet and was worried my heels would bump them. So I just tried stacking them like pancakes on top of the rack, and using a bungee cord, and small cargo net, and a couple of rags.
Oddly enough, it worked, and rode well over the fairly bumpy LA streets.
I didn't really have a lot of faith in the bungee cords, so I took the rig on the Red and Gold line trains till I was fairly near Harv's house. But everything stayed put, even when I forgot myself and got going a little faster, in spite of the bumpy streets. The two-mile climb to Harv's house was uneventful.
Afterwards, with the 650B wheels strapped on the same way, I rode to South Pasadena to have lunch with Chuck Schmidt, bicycle lover extraordinaire and keeper of the Velo Retro website, then hopped the Gold Line back to Downtown LA to meet another friend of mine in the Garment District (with whom I had some business), which entailed a several mile ride from Union Station. Then back to 7th and Fig to the Red Line, which dropped me off two or three miles from home.
Satchmo, my old Fuji, handled it all with aplomb, even though he was born a road bike. Looked silly--but it worked!
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 06 Jun 2007 14:20:42 -0800 [link]
"Schools, kindergartens, a farmer's market, a shopping center, a good store which sells organic products only, and a recreation area -- you name it, it's all in walking or cycling distance," resident Sabine Burgermeister said. "And it's a much better quality of life here than it is in downtown Freiburg. And if we need to go there, there's always the option to take the tramway."Read the rest of the story at, of all places, ABC News.
The free tramway passes generously provided by the city of Freiburg are helping residents of Vauban to become less car-dependent....
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 02 Jun 2007 08:20:24 -0800 [link]
Record gasoline usage, which as we may discover is occurring (when the figures are in), means more deaths on the road and in the cancer wards. This is a holocaust surpassing 100,000 U.S. residents each year. It could be drastically reduced if our society really valued life over greed. Looking at the actual number of deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq (aside from the far greater Iraqi civilian casualties), the 3,440-plus figure is but a fraction of ongoing car slaughter and lethal exhaust-caused diseases in this country. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. drivers also die from unhealthy hearts caused by the sedentary lifestyle.Lunberg now publishes Culture Change, where you can find the rest of the article, entitled Record Gasoline Prices amidst Hyperconsumption and Slaughter.
Richard Risemberg on Fri, 01 Jun 2007 10:07:22 -0800 [link]