Re: [carfree_cities] Tom Friedman in the NYT
- Dynamic car sharing schemes don't work well. They have been studied
and tried for years.
If we have better transit and better non-motorized facilities than
people can move
spontaneously without the need for advanced technology, for planning ahead
and for potential monitoring of our every movement by the National
Quoting Chris Bradshaw <c_bradshaw@...>:
>> Tom Friedman is hardly anyone's idea of a cheese-eating
> liberal. Yet he called stridently for a hefty gas tax in
> yesterday's NY Times:
> This is not surprising to those who have read his most recent book, Hot,
> Flat, and Crowded.
> His main premise is to make oil pay its way, allowing for a faster
> transition to his "Energy Internet," in which electricity will flow -- on
> meters -- like info on the Internet.
> He points out that, although transportation energy accounts for 27% of CO2
> emissions, it accounts for two-thirds of the oil America consumes each day.
> Of course, this doesn't take account of the oil used in manufacturing of
> cars and paving roads and parking lots.
> What he doesn't get regarding the Internet connection is that, if
> electricity will be more sparingly used when it is available only through
> smart meters (to charge more for use at peak times, and to pay those who
> will pump electricity _into_ the grid, like those with plug-in hybrids),
> then why not apply the same intelligence to the more efficient use of the
> existing fleet of vehicles. Congestion pricing is part of the solution.
> But we must go deeper. You only have to start with the 4-7 empty seats in
> the typical car on the road, or the amount of time a car sits idle while the
> owner-driver does his/her business, which translates to each car in a city's
> car 'population' requiring 6-8 parking spots to be added to its parking
> 'population.' (ask a city planner to tell you these two numbers for his
> city, and see a big scrug).
> Software and the Internet can allow for what I call "trans-seat" where each
> seat in a car is available to others who will book it and pay for it
> automatically via cell phones. Little parking is needed because a car when
> it reaches the destination of the last occupant it sits only long enough for
> another traveller to request it, whereupon the driver will head to his
> destination and pick up other 'members' along the way. The solfware will
> also cover all seats in regular transit. Some of this service will become
> redundant as a result (most peak-load, especially longer commutes, and
> service to low-density areas, both of which represent close to all the
> subsidies today's transit requires).
> The type of fuel a car uses hardly scratches the range of problems cars
> cause us. But it is fair to recognize that at leat Frieddman ties together:
> oil-security (military), resource-deletion, and climate-change angles with
> his proposals. Now he needs to consider: transportation-access equity,
> traffic in neighbourhoods, sprawl, congestion, and the three health
> downsides: trauma, obesity/fitness, and stress. We have too many cars and
> those who own them drive too much.
> Chris Bradshaw