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FHWA: Motor Traffic Volumes in Historic Decline

FHWA's Traffic Volume Trends for March is out. It paints a staggering picture of how American drivers are reacting to gas prices:

Key quote: "Travel on all roads and streets changed by -4.3 percent for March 2008 as compared with March 2007."

Peak Oil is Now.

What is Peak Oil?

Peak Oil is the principle that all oil fields have a plateau in production, after which they start to decline in output. It forecast the decline of Texan oil in the 1970s. When the principle is applied to world oil production as a whole, you see that the whole world will also have a plateau in production, and will then start to decline. Nobody disputes these facts.

The only thing in dispute is when the plateau will come. The most wildly optimistic say the peak will be in the 2040s, and will be a gradual decline after that. The most pessimistic say the peak was actually last year, in 2007. Read the rest of this article and decide for yourself.

Everything Falling Apart, Reports Institute For Somehow Managing To Hold It All Together

via The Onion:

WASHINGTON—Officials from the Institute for Somehow Managing to Hold It All Together warned that, despite their best efforts, everything appears to be falling completely apart and "getting way out of hand," according to a strongly worded report characterized by panic, frustration, and numerous typographical errors that was released to the American public Monday.

Why do Trains Derail Themselves?

Slate explains why and how trains get derailed.

Krugman Sings Our Song

At the NY Times:

Any serious reduction in American driving will require more than this — it will mean changing how and where many of us live.

To see what I’m talking about, consider where I am at the moment: in a pleasant, middle-class neighborhood consisting mainly of four- or five-story apartment buildings, with easy access to public transit and plenty of local shopping.

It’s the kind of neighborhood in which people don’t have to drive a lot, but it’s also a kind of neighborhood that barely exists in America, even in big metropolitan areas. Greater Atlanta has roughly the same population as Greater Berlin — but Berlin is a city of trains, buses and bikes, while Atlanta is a city of cars, cars and cars.

And in the face of rising oil prices, which have left many Americans stranded in suburbia — utterly dependent on their cars, yet having a hard time affording gas — it’s starting to look as if Berlin had the better idea.

Federal Complete Streets Bills Advance

Via Centerlines #201, the the newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking:

According to a May 1 news release from Barbara McCann and the National Complete Streets Coalition, there are some important developments in the US House and Senate on Complete Streets bills.

TARC Fare Increase & Service Cut Public Meetings

Wednesday, June 4

New Albany Library
180 W. Spring St., New Albany
5 - 7 p.m.

Thursday June 5

Nia Center
2900 Broadway
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m.

Wednesday June 11

Bon Air Public Library
2816 Del Rio Place
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday June 12

St. Matthews City Hall
3490 Grandview Ave.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Metro Louisville Central Government Center
7201 Outer Loop
5 p.m. - 7p.m.

Whale Oil Prices as a Guide for Crude Oil prices

Peak oil talks about the amount of oil produced. It doesn't tell us anything about the future price of oil. A short paper at the Oil Drum looks at the price of "mined" commodities through their peak and decline years.

Jerry, Barry, & contingency Transit planning through Peak Oil

They mayor & Barry Barker took time out from the ped summit banquet to address our current situation with TARC funding.

Recall that as fuel prices rise yet occupational tax stays flat, TARC is cutting routes. For example this year they're trying to decide between two options, both of them hitting working people squarely in the chest:

It is National Bike to Work Week

It is National Bike to Work Week, and I've been hard at work co-creating a website full of bike commuter lore (bicyclingforlouisville.org/commuting). Check it out!, it's got safety videos, an online poll, a gas savings calculator, and a mailing list about bicycle commuting in Louisville.

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