Thursday, June 21, 2007

Bicycling in Davis, California

Ted Buehler, a graduate student at ITS Davis, has a nice online presentation on 50 Years of Bicycling in Davis, California, based on his masters thesis. Davis has been called the cycling capital of the world, and Buehler gives an outline of the development of cycling and cycling facilities. His research revealed that despite the city's pro-bicycle policies, cycling in the city began to decline in recent years. Possible reasons for this are explored, and suggestions for future development are suggested.

More information on Buehler's research is available in articles in and the California Aggie.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Travelin' skyway blues

Summing up air travel today as "often nasty, brutish, long and unprofitable" an article in the current Economist indicates why flying is such a drag, and suggests ways in which things can be improved -- or at least made profitable for the airlines. The Economist's answer: Privatize 'em all.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fuel economy and traffic safety

The International Council on Clean Transportation in Washington D.C. has just issued a report, "Sipping Fuel and Saving Lives" that shows how new design methods for increasing automobile fuel efficiency also increase general traffic safety.

Crazy custom vans

Need some ideas on spicing up your van? Here's a gallery of amazing makeovers from Japan.