Too often, discussions about how best for people to get around crowded urban environments turn into an argument, with cars pitted against bicycles, highways versus public transit and improving commute times challenging pedestrian safety. But not in Austin.
We often focus our short attention spans on trying to clean up the internal combustion engines that currently power our automobiles. We also tend to look into the future to see what new technologies might be coming to send fossil fuels back to age of the dinosaurs. That said, there are a number of options right now that can dramatically reduce your overall energy use.
Bike lanes should be reserved for bikes, don't you think? The driver of an SUV in New York City disagrees and his or her decision to not grasp the importance of keeping the lanes open for cyclists was caught on film (find it after the jump). The SUV driver decides that he/she's had enough of waiting and just slips away through the bike lane. Of course, it doesn't help that the big white Avis truck causes a jam by just waiting in the parked cars lane, thinking that they'll be moving soon. Althoug
A common charge car drivers hurl at GPS systems is that they're unnecessary for anyone with maps and the brains to use them. But what about cyclists using unfamiliar bike lanes? The Dutch cyclists union ENFB has started a volunteer effort to map the numerous bike lanes for GPS, many of which are inaccessible by cars and thus not used by navigation companies like Navteq. States project leader Kees Bakker, "This is really a Dutch problem. Other countries have very few dedicated bike lanes and in t