Quotes of the Day

“About 60 percent of the oil consumed daily by Americans is used for transportation, and about 45 percent is used for passenger cars and light trucks.” – Sherwood Boehlert (served in the U.S. House of Representatives from New York from 1983-2007)

“The use of petroleum products as vehicle fuels is classified as “transportation” use.  In the United States, in contrast to other regions of the world, about 2/3 of all oil use is for transportation, as shown in the graph.   (In most of the rest of the world, oil is more commonly used for space heating and power generation than for transportation.)  Gasoline, in turn, accounts for about 2/3 of the total oil used for transportation in the United States.  Other petroleum products commonly used for transportation include diesel fuel (used for trucks, buses, railroads, some vessels, and a few passenger autos), jet fuel, and residual fuel oil (used for tankers and other large vessels).” – U.S. Energy Information Administration

If we truly want to lessen our dependence on oil, foreign or domestic, we have to change our transportation habits. This of course is so much easier said than done. What suggestions do you have for our community?

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Jan Dempsey


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paulette on April 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to vent on those WASTEFUL pedestrain crosswalks. They are meant for the infirm and the elderly. Fit folks and anyone under 60 should be ASHAMED to cause multiple half ton vehicles to sit burning fuel so that they can saunter across a street they could have navigated very safely if they had just been patient for half a minute. You want people to walk more and leave their cars at home? Try changing THAT behavior when people can’t even use their brains about punching those stupid buttons…


  2. I did find out from county planning that those intersections where traffic is stopped in all four directions were designed for pedestrian safety to avoid vehicles turning into the intersection when people are crossing. New York State DOT controls those signals that are on state highways. There was a fatality in the crosswalk at Church St. & Central Ave. a few years ago and as a result that became a four way stop.


  3. Posted by Linda on April 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I’m guilty of doing that, too, sometimes! 🙂

    My sense is that Cortland’s four-way stops are pretty unique, but I really don’t know that much about traffic patterns in other cities. When our children were growing up, I actually found it less safe that some of our intersections were four-way stops because the kids came to expect that at every intersection!


  4. Yes I agree Linda that it is convenient for the walkers but I know it can be maddening for drivers when there’s no one even crossing the street. I have to admit that I am guilty of pressing that walk button and then scooting across the street if there’s an opportunity instead of waiting for the walk sign.

    I’m not sure how to get around this because I’m hoping that we wouldn’t want our community to become even less pedestrian friendly or less safe.

    Thanks for your comment. I’ll pass it along.



  5. Posted by Linda on April 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    In Cortland we have an unusual group of intersections…the ones where vehiclar traffic stops in all directions to allow pedestrians to cross the street, and even to cross diagonally if they wish. As a pedestrian, I generally like these intersections, but as a driver I often sit in my car and wonder how much fuel is being burned while traffic is stopped in every direction, especially at those times when no pedestrians are crossing! I wonder if it’s time to change these intersections?


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