Life in the Fast Lane

One-Liter

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Among the most efficient cars in the world310px-Volkswagen_XL_driver_side: Volkswagen’s XL1 gets about 260 mpg.

Swapping Out Those Incandescent Light Bulbs

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Listen above to Kelly O’Brien’s feature about her research to find more energy efficient bulbs to swap out 1,000 incandescents.

The are a number of light bulb options. Photo: Courtesy of Clean Energy Resource Team /flickr

The are a number of light bulb options. Photo: Courtesy of Clean Energy Resource Team /flickr

Tesla’s Plans ‘Gigafactory’ for Battery Manufacturing

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Photo: GlobalX/flickr http://bit.ly/1imIvmi

Photo: GlobalX/flickr http://bit.ly/1imIvmi

Can’t One Ride a Bicycle in Suffolk County?

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Photo: Phillip Barron http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicomachus/

Photo: Phillip Barron http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicomachus/

Stair Power

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This segment is a re-broadcast from October 21013.

Photo: Denis Jacquerye / flickr

Photo: Denis Jacquerye / flickr

Charge It

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Photo: Courtesy of http://evsolutions.avinc.com/

Kelly O’Brien talks about new products emerging for adding charging flexibility of 110 or 220 volts in lightweight, more mobile products.

See an example here.

Bicycling Environment is a Limiting Factor

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Many roads fall short on their legal function as a right of way for all means of transportation. Maintenance favors the middle lanes, road design can leave bikes and pedestrians using gutters and other surfaces that may be unpleasant or hazardous. On Highway 68 on the Monterey Peninsula, there are rumble strips to wake up drivers who may drift toward the shoulder – good idea but these consist of deep clefts in the road surface a few inches across. You can’t ride a bike there.

Photo: Stephen Laufer

Photo: Stephen Laufer

Here’s a slide show of Complete Streets put together by the group Smart Growth America. There’s no one model for the concept. Complete Streets are roads designed to be used by all the members of their community. An urban complete street may include special lanes to conduct bus and cycling traffic through intersections. A rural complete street may separate these kinds of traffic as their speeds will vary greatly.

Contacts for ‘Bicycle Services‘ within local transportation agencies:
Transportation Agency for Monterey County
Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

Park(ing) Day

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PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Park(ing) Day: Website / Facebook

Photo: Gosia Malochleb / http://www.flickr.com/photos/magama/

Photo: Gosia Malochleb / http://www.flickr.com/photos/magama/

More Power to the Bike Pedal

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Photo: http://bionxinternational.com/

Photo: http://bionxinternational.com/

When Will Solar Cars Get Beyond the Test Stage?

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Photo: Adem Rudin/flickr http://bit.ly/KoapSX