A new era of clean transportation requires new leadership

by Mary Creasman, CalMatters Highlights Transportation is responsible for about 40% of California’s emissions Assembly Transportation Committee Chair Jim Frazier has stalled various efforts for cleaner transportation in California Frazier pushed back against the Clean Cars Bill that would have transitioned cars to zero-emission by 2040 and worked against former Governor Jerry Brown’s goal of … Read more

It will take more than a few cycle lanes to make green, pandemic-proof cities

from Climate Home News Highlights Cities worldwide are looking at ways to reduce car transportation by increasing bike lanes and pedestrian-only areas Carlos Moreno, planning advisor to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, says that the transformation of cities needs to align with Paris Agreement targets within the next 10 years Though the pandemic reintroduced many people … Read more

Getting lighter and faster, e-bikes reach cruising speed

by Dimitra Kessenides, Bloomberg Businessweek  Highlights The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased interest in electric bicycles, or e-bikes for short, as a sustainable mode of transportation and exercise Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., based in Morgan Hill, California, built their first e-bike in 2013. They now have seven e-bike models and their sales have … Read more

Proposed California law would fast-track environmentally sustainable transit

by Carolyn Said, The San Francisco Chronicle  Highlights Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will unveil SB288, the Sustainable Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Act, which would streamline alternative transportation infrastructure projects The proposed bill would fast track sustainable transportation projects that would typically take months or years for approval due to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) … Read more

America is entering its third great bicycle revival

By Michael J. Coren & Dan Kopf Highlights Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been riding bicycles as their form of transportation and for recreation. According to market research firm NPD, sales of recreational bikes rose 121% to nearly 250,000 in March, while stationary exercise bikes and indoor stands nearly tripled to about 200,000 units.  Rails-to-Trails … Read more

Paris has a plan to keep cars out after lockdown

By Feargus O’Sullivan, City Lab Highlights Anne Hildago, Mayor of Paris, France, wants to limit the use of cars once the city lifts its lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Hildago notes that poor air quality can lead to an increased risk for fatal effects of COVID-19: “It will make the health crisis worse. … Read more

The results are In! Show us the numbers!

We live in the age of fit-bits and health apps that give us instant feedback on step-counts and calories. So why not carbon footprints? How about connecting the dots between self-care, the health of our planet and the power of collective, measurable climate actions? At ECO2school, we closely consider the impact of our transportation choices … Read more