Category Archives: ecology

How to Celebrate Earth Day

Live in a place like this… …and use 1/3 the energy of a suburban home. It’s like getting a raise Technorati Tags: Earth Day, loft living, Springfield Missouri, sustainability

The Heart of the Matter

Note: Nothing new to read here — just thinking out loud and boiling things down. The rules of safe movement are these: First come, first served. Drive on the right. Pass on the left. Everything should follow from these rules. Everything includes (but is not limited to): Traffic laws Traffic controls Engineering of streets and […]

1-mile Solution in the News

Here’s a short Q & A published in a group of local papers about the 1-Mile Solution. I keep thinking this kind of encouragement might actually help a few people follow the path I discovered. That path was remarkably smooth to follow. I did not arrive in Springfield nine years ago already hip to the […]

Ol’ Time Traffic Engineering v. People

Here’s the conclusion: The 20th-century model of traffic engineering is not only outdated, but is also downright hazardous to public health and economic development. Every year, communities around the world are demonstrating that there is another way. Treating a community’s streets like a sewage system that flushes cars through quickly and efficiently has been a […]

Silly Season Here Again

I’ve used the term “silly season” many times on Carbon Trace to indicate short periods of time in which the likelihood of motorists and other other traffic users to make mistakes seems highest to me. I have no data to back up that, in fact, any silly season is any more problematic than any other […]

I Still Don’t Understand Bike Sharing

I believe I’ve mentioned this before: I don’t get bike-share programs. I’m not against them. I have no problem with them in any cultural, political, or economic way (unlike, say, Dorothy Rabinowitz). I simply do not understand how they can possibly work, i.e. actually attract enough users to make the system pay. And by “pay” I […]

Carbon Trace Update

The big move downtown in just a little more than a week away. Although school is out for the summer, I’m going to be very busy getting stuff hauled over the the loft and taking care of other matters related to the move. So things could be a little quite here until the middle of […]

Of Blog Posts That Begin with ‘Of’

OK, so I have been riding a bicycle as basic transportation (which means every day there is not ice or snow) in Springfield for nine years. And I swear the number of bicyclists just keeps growing. There is almost never a moment these days, while riding in the urban core, that I do not see […]

Of Advocacy and Stasis

To follow up on yesterday’s post, I want to address the whole discussion thing. I concluded my post with a short list suggesting that there are certain types of bicyclists that I’m willing to discuss advocacy with and certain types that, well, not so much. Now’s a good time to discuss stasis theory. Before one […]

Of Perception, Reality, and Desire

Here are two things you should go read right now: If you want to stop having this debate… Cyclists Aren’t ‘Special,’ And They Shouldn’t Play By their Own Rules I’m not going to comment directly on these except to say that each is important in its own way. Instead, I want to use these as […]

Bike To Everywhere Decade

Next week is Bike to Work Week in Springfield. Or, just another week. You see, I’m participating in, and about to complete, Bike to Everywhere Decade. I seriously do not mean to criticize Bike to Work Week or brag about what I do. It’s a good program. But I do have a minor gripe that’s […]

Breaking: Walking Is Good For You

Walking is an “amazing treatment” that can fight a number of maladies — including heart disease and obesity — according to a news release by Citiwire.net. OK, so I’m being a bit cheeky. But the reason that Citiwire is playing up this obvious “news” is that there is a crisis in American walking – at least according […]

The Bizzaro World of Courtesy

Yes, you do live in an episode of the Twilight Zone. Submitted for your approval, a world where the people who operate large, dangerous machines — automobiles — are given every courtesy, and,  in their mishaps with people who prefer to walk or ride a bicycle, are given the benefit of the “doubt.” The street […]

Mobility: Upwards and Otherwise

So it appears that even with an uptick in the real estate market, the whole home-ownership thing is losing its vaunted position at the core of the American Dream. Add to that what appears to be the end of the American love affair with cars among the Millennial  Generation and you have a potentially massive cultural […]

IMF Says Gasoline Too Cheap

Check out this report from NPR about the true costs of gasoline as reported by the International Monetary Fund. One problem: We are far too enamored of growth and short-term gain to ever take this seriously — that is until it’s too late. Then we will do the next thing we do best: Look for […]