Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

Posted at July 13, 2011 by Comments Off

How to turn your vessel into a solar powered boat

Okay, I'm no sailor but we do live in Florida and we have a lot of boats. Inspired by my previous post, Oh no! We missed the World's largest solar powered yacht, I've decided to figure out how we turn all of our floating friends into an ode to solar power and the environment. Greening South Florida's marianas starts with powering our boats in an eco-friendly way. Why not solar? It's benefits include: Fuel savings (gas is getting too expensive!) No more noise (its annoying) Reduced carbon emissions (yay!) Reduced risk of engine failure (i.e. permanently powered hand-helds, no more fears of being stranded at sea) Steps: Figure out how many solar ...

Big progress on SunRail Project in Central Florida

Governor Rick Scott has approved a public transportation project. On Friday, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced that the Florida governor approved a $1.28-billion rail project in Central Florida after recently rejecting federal money for a Tampa-Orlando high speed rail. So who's paying for it? The major funding partners for the project are FDOT, the Federal Transit Administration, Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Osceola counties and the city of Orlando. What is it? SunRail is a commuter rail transit project that will run along a 61-mile stretch of ...

Posted at July 02, 2011 by Comments Off

Tri-Rail Breaks All Previous Ridership Records

It seems public transportation has a future in South Florida. On National Dump the Pump Day 2011, Tri-Rail carried more passengers than on any other day in its 22-year history. National Dump the Pump Day was on June 16 and couldn't come at a better time amidst the soaring gas prices and tourist season traffic. It's no wonder South Floridians jumped at the chance, or in this case, on the train, to save a little money and have someone else drive them around. On that day only, riders were permitted to ride the Tri-Rail free of charge. A record ...

Posted at June 20, 2011 by Comments Off

Steal with Pride (Part 2): Bicycle Infrastructure

"The bicycle is a curious vehicle.  Its passenger is its engine.” -John Howard   In more ways than one. A city with good biking infrastructure is the product of a proactive community of progressive urban planners and residents, dedicated to striking a balance between cyclists, pedestrians and cars. In 1894 New York City created the country's first bike path. Today, it is at the forefront of a pro-cycling movement that also includes cities like Minneapolis, MN, in the Midwest and Portland, OR, on the west coast. New York City's unique biking infrastructure addresses many of the city's ...

Posted at June 12, 2011 by Comments Off

Your Chance to Make Miami Even Better

If you've lived in Miami for any length of time, you probably have some ideas on ways to make it better. On occasion, you may have thought, "Why aren't there bike lanes here?" "How are people supposed to get around on public transportation that runs on this kind of schedule?" "Why live in downtown Miami when I can't find a job that pays me enough to cover the rent?" Here's your chance to voice these concerns. The Beacon Council is inviting Miami-Dade County residents to share their thoughts about their One Community One Goal project, which aims to ...

Posted at June 10, 2011 by Comments Off

A Bike-Friendly South Miami: Let’s make it happen!

Surely South Miami bikers consider the risks before hoping on their bikes for a short ride around their neighborhood.  Aggressive drivers, congested roads and the absence of bike lanes are just a few of the things these local bikers must brave. A new online petition created by The South Florida Bike Coalition aims to help. Below is the overview: "The City of South Miami is home to more than 10,000 people and is a destination for work, play and shopping for thousands of more people across the Greater Miami area. A city that is truly bicycle-friendly is safer and ...

Posted at June 07, 2011 by Comments Off

Steal with Pride: Notes from a weekend in New York City

(At random outdoor New York City café) Patty: Do you smell that? Mette: Hmmm…yes. Patty: It smells putrid. Mette: I think New York City smells like old cheese. Patty: And yet, people love it.   I love it. I love the dirty, crowded streets and over paying for food at Dean & Deluca. I love wandering aimlessly past inner city gardens and interracial couples. I love being suckered into attending sub-par comedy shows and wasting into the night talking to strangers. I love the mom n' pop shops, the crude bartenders ...

Posted at June 06, 2011 by Comments Off