Saturday, May 27, 2017

SMART works out train scheduling

From November 2016: SMART test-run in Santa Rosa, Calif.
My email in-box is filled with regular updates as the date draws nearer when Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit will be open to public ridership.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Napa VINE proposes dropping Route 25 to Sonoma

Source of image: Vine Transit on Facebook
Talk about bad to worse: With public transportation non-existent between Calistoga and Santa Rosa, the Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) is looking at ending its intercity bus service to Sonoma.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Calistoga and Santa Rosa: We need bus connection

Sonoma County Transit bus parked curbside
Source of image: County of Sonoma
As a public-transportation advocate, newly returned to the area after living out-of-state, I want to advocate for commuter public-transit between Santa Rosa and Calistoga. This afternoon, I wrote to trustees for the Sonoma County and Napa Valley Transportation Authorities (SCTA and NVTA).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts

Every Wednesday is “Walk and Roll to School Day,” at the Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts in Sonoma County, Calif. I’ve accepted an offer of employment there, and look forward to starting work in May.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rogue Commute Challenge: Will Ashland schools win again?

Photo-montage clipart of people traveling. Left to right, two women standing in front of a car, a helmeted woman pedaling a bicycle, a woman walking while carrying a shoulder bag and a man with shoulder bag standing at the entrance to a bus
Image credit: Rogue Commute Challenge

In Ashland School District (ASD), the Health Promotions Committee is getting ready for the Rogue Commute Challenge, a competition among teams to log the most miles by bicycling, walking, carpooling, etc. -- any trip taken by not driving a car alone.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Schools recognized as Bicycle Friendly Businesses

Among the League of American Bicyclists’ latest round of “Bicycle Friendly Business” awardees, two elementary schools are the first to successfully apply. They are Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington, Va (a new Silver BFB) and Oceano Elementary School in Oceano, Calif. (a new Gold). As someone who hopes to model bicycle-commuting to the children I come in contact with, I share pride for these schools’ accomplishments. I hope that many more schools (and businesses) follow their example.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Carbon-emission premium offsets impact of driving

In the majority of instances, we travel on-foot, by bus or bicycle to get where we need to go — but from time to time, there are occasions when, yes, we decide we need a car.