Sunday, September 30, 2012

Some 1 year figures.

I spent roughly 3% of my Gross income on transportation
You can increase that to 5% if you include my 3 trips out of state.

Housing costs  were  11% of my Gross income

On my bike I  made roughly 1700  miles.  Just under 400 trips going to work. (condensed work week)

I traveld to Milwaukee,  Seattle, Portland, and Denver (twice).

This is by far the lowest milage I have done since I started 7 years ago. Which means everything is really close. Winter tends to bring that out in me.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Smart Growth Connecting urban centers to cities

Connecting urban centers to cities.  Minneapolis to Monticello, Mn. I can currently travel 46 miles on a commuter train to see my family. It still is a lot of work. However I was able to do this. I left at 9:30 and got there at 12:30.
I was dumped off at Big Lake in a corn field. Bringing a bike is the answer to that.
The link is the 46 miles that would take me all day to do. I can now do that in 50 minutes. 

* I divert myself even down town to do this. This adds another 60 mins. Then I need to bike another 5 miles. So 45 mins. Still much better than 240 mins and me cycling 40 miles. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Magical Pill

People often find the magical pill tough to sallow. The current violent virus is upon them.. Only after 110 years of domination. We can clearly seen the devastation it has left.

America diverts their food supply to fuel automobiles, with subsides. Pays billions in subsides to allow Americans to buy more cars, and companies even more money to fail. However it is not just the federal governments. We can clearly see from Wiscsion   the civil rights they violated no one is safe.
They will often deny it, in order not to succumb. Yet the evidence never surrenders a different picture.
Study: 10% More Smart Growth = 20% Less Driving

As a person who is car free, and can only get around by bicycle, walking and transit. I can attest anywhere is walkable. However, it is a very defined space which mixes all of your destinations into a small corridor. Hence your smart growth. However smart growth already exists we just need to make it smarter.

We have very small commercial pockets all over this country, we just need denser neighborhoods. The easiest approach requires building nothing at all. Simply allow residents to have multiple families in a dwelling  .
A  three bedroom one bath house. Comfortably holds three households (3 adults). We don't need to build anything just change the zoning laws. I live 3 miles from everything I could want. If we applied this concept just to my block with 20 homes that is an extra 60 people.

Real americans are no longer looking for the next oil change. We are looking for real change.  I don't want to spend 20% my paycheck on a new car. Why should I fill up my tank when I can fill up my belly and pedal off to the store? Its ok to say you want something different,  by boycotting everything they throw down your throat.

The magical pill is eventually swallowed by everyone. Unless you have money to throw down the endless road. The unsustainable virus finds you down on your luck, out of time, unable to perform, and or broke.  Smart growth there for when your born, till the day you die. Never lets you down and always ready to pick you up!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

1 Year!

1 Year anniversary commuting to work. (from my current location)

The ride has been fun!

A challenge I never will  fail to reach my destination.

With a little help from my friends.
I survived it all!