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Transportation Alternatives vs Energy Alternatives

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:22am

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For many of us, as our lease on summer begins to run out and hot humid days cool into fall, we will soon find ourselves shifting gears to settle into a different climate.

Many of us adopt a more earth friendly lifestyle in the warmer months; walking or biking for transportation rather than driving or taking public transportation. Soon enough, though, Mother Nature’s colder side will be upon us with temperatures too adverse to muster up the courage to jump on a bike or spend forty five minutes walking to work.

Last weekend the NYC Century bike tour celebrated the growth of the city’s cycling community and the “unprecedented expansion of bike lanes across the city,” according to Transportation Alternatives, an organization committed to making the city’s streets more bike friendly. However, even with such advocacy paired with municipal cooperation we will certainly see a seasonal shift as our subways will become more crowded and our roads more congested while our parks and greenways empty out.

It is inevitable that even with the few die hard long distance pedestrians and even fewer cyclists, that such transportation alternatives are seasonal. Organizations like TA should be championed for their goals and accomplishments but in the coming months as the option to peddle dwindles, the glaring truth that energy alternatives are a year round concern will become clearer. Governments and corporations must continue to pioneer practical means of eco-friendly energy alternatives.

By Brian Geraghty at The Element Agency in New York

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