Transportation


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Our modern world was built on fossil fuels, and one of the biggest uses of those fuels is for transportation. As fossil fuels decline, the problem we face is not a lack of alternative technology — electric vehicles have been around as long as conventional cars, and just about everyone can walk or ride a bicycle. The problem is that for over sixty years we have built our transportation infrastructure and designed our communities to function almost exclusively with privately-owned gasoline-powered cars and diesel-powered trucks. This trillions of dollars worth of infrastructure would take many decades to retrofit for a world without cheap oil — decades we do not have.

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Paving a smooth path of bike-friendliness with education

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Post Carbon Adviser Mia Birk has pedaled the uphill battle of bike-friendliness before. That's why she's helping to make the journey a smooth path for Charleston.

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  • Anthony Perl

    Fellow, Transportation
    British Columbia, Canada

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