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In many parts of the country, particularly those with vibrant local economies, automotive 'gridlock' is rapidly becoming an unattractive fact of life. This is due to the greatly increased use of single-occupancy automobiles. Increases in automobile usage cannot be sustained without consequences, and this sentiment is beginning to have some resonance among the general public. An objective analysis of the potential benefits of increased use of motorcycles will reveal that they are an underutilized solution, and that their value as a source of congestion relief is being largely ignored. Motorcycles are a legitimate part of the overall transportation mix, deserving of greater consideration in traffic planning procedures and by those responsible for all kinds of social policy decisions. Our current culture largely considers motorcycles 'toys'. This is an unfortunate hindrance to the status they deserve as a legitimate mode of personal transportation.
Traffic and Urban Congestion Reform:
The ability of motorcycles to take advantage of their narrowness to 'split' or 'filter' through heavy traffic is banned in many states, which results in more congestion than is necessary. (In many areas motorcycles are allowed to use HOV lanes, an encouraging sign of progressive thinking which should be universal.) Lane splitting should be defined as a congestion solution and made legal in all jurisdictions.
|The City After The Automobile |
by Moshe Safdie with Wendy Kohn
New Republic Book/Basic Books a division
of Harper Collins Publishers
The Geography of Nowhere/ The Rise And
Decline of America's Man Made Landscape
by James Howard Kunstler
Simon & Schuster
Asphalt Nation/ How The Automobile Took
Over America And How We Can Take It
Back by Jane Holtze Kay
Uneasy Rider/ The Interstate Way Of
by Mike Bryan
Sustainability And Cities/ Overcoming
by Peter Newman & Jeffery Kenworthy
|Getting There/ The Epic Struggle Between |
Road And Rail In The American Century
by Stephen B.Goddard
University of Chicago Press
Beyond The Car/ Essays On The Auto
by Sue Zielinski & Gorden Laird, Editors
Steel Rail Press
Killed By Automobile/ Death In The Streets
Of New York City
by Charles Komanoff & and members of
Right Of Way
Frontiers Of Sustainability/ Enviromentally
Sound Agriculture, Forestry, Transportation,
And Power Production
by Roger, Daryl Ditz, Paul Faeth, Nels
Johnson, Keith Kozloff and James
|An Empire Wilderness/ Travels Into|
by Robert D.Kaplan
Fortress America/ Gated Communities In The
by Edward J.Blakely & Mary Gail Snyder
Brookings Institution Press
Americans On The Road/ From Autocamp To
by Warren James Belasco
Johns Hopkins University Press
American Autobahn/ The Road To An
Interstate Freeway With No Speedlimit
by Mark Rask
Vanguard Non-Fiction Books
Divided Highways/ Building The Interstate
Highways, Transforming American Life
by Tom Lewis
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"Going to work, whether at a factory, an office or a retail shop, happens 10 times a week...if you count the going-home part. Let us say your commute is 20 miles each way, 200 miles a week, 50 weeks a year, for a grand total of 10,000 miles.
Now we get mathematical. If your Dodge Caravan is delivering a snappy 16 mpg, that means you have pumped 625 gallons into the tank. At $2 a gallon, that equals $1,250. If your bike is getting 40 mpg, that means 250 gallons, or $500.
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