Check out the taxi page on our Way2Go Cortland website and let us know what you think about our local taxi companies. The Transportation Coalition, along with the City Police Dept. that oversees taxis in the City, is looking to improve service and we would appreciate any feedback.
Streets that allow cars but give priority to bicycles are called bicycle boulevards. They exist in many cities across the country and Ithaca has just gotten permission to do this.
How about it, Cortland?
Charles Marohn in his Strong Towns blogpost, asks the bigger question.
“Our highway funding system is obsessed with ensuring that you CAN drive anywhere you want to with limited congestion and delay. We do not ponder — not even as an afterthought — what types of investments would give people the option to not HAVE to drive everywhere.
For most Americans, driving is not a freedom. It is a requirement.”
But for others who live in cities like Cortland, driving alone in a car is not a requirement. It’s a habit. There are other ways to get around. In the city and other villages like Homer, there are sidewalks. We can walk. There are roads that are more amenable to bicycles. We can bike. We have a public transit system that runs 4 fixed route 30 minute loops throughout the city and Homer. We can take the bus. And many people who work at the same location live close to one another. We can carpool.
But we don’t. So for some of us, it’s not that we don’t have other options, we are just not comfortable with those other options.
Here’s another thought. If more people got out of their cars and found other ways of getting around, would we have to spend so much money on expanding roadways such as Rt. 281? It would certainly reduce traffic congestion for the population that continues to drive. So it really benefits everyone.
It is time to get out of your comfort zone. Stay tuned for more info on our Car-Free Challenge coming up in September.
How can cities prepare for the future?
Embracing the bicycle culture and providing protected bike lanes will do that, according to a recent article in The Huffington Post.
“Mayors, elected officials, business leaders and citizens want their cities to be resilient, sustainable and attractive, and they realize bikes and protected bike lanes can help achieve that. These new bike lanes make the streets safer for everyone and improve city life for people who will never even get on a bike.”
So even if you don’t plan on ever getting on a bike, you should support these changes. They will make life better for everyone.
Madrid, Spain is the first city in the world to charge a different rate for parking based upon how polluting your vehicle is.
“The price a motorist pays to park is now based on a scale related to the car’s engine type and the year of its manufacture. Electric cars park free, hybrids pay 20% less than standard to park, while diesel-engined cars built before 2001 face a surcharge of 20%.”
According to a post on the SustainabilityCitiesCollective, Madrid has poor air quality and by instituting this policy on parking, city officials hope to see more people driving less and taking public transportation more.
It all comes down to parking. If you want people to drive, you offer free parking. If lack of parking becomes an issue, then you need to charge for parking. If you want people to find other ways of getting around, a disincentive, like charging for parking, is usually what is needed.