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Wiki Wednesday: Zero VMT Vehicles

1:04 PM PDT on October 29, 2008

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In a StreetsWiki entry on zero VMT vehicles,
Streetsblog regular gecko proposes that a focus on shifting mode share
to human-powered vehicles like bikes and the Aerorider (right) would be
the most efficient means to bring necessary reductions in greenhouse
gases, and would transform Manhattan, for one, into a bright green
paradise.

Since it is only peoplethat are being moved, using modular vehicles the size and weight ofhuman beings, and optimally much smaller, is a much better, more agileand cost-effective way to move them. Bicycles would be the first stepin achieving such systems, by converting 40% of New York City travel tocycling, as in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Borrowing from successes ofParisian Vélib and German public bike systems, scaled up tosignificantly service New York’s 8.5 million daily commuter population,will be the most expedient cost-effective first step in implementingmodern and immediately valuable transit improvements.

Ultimately, if zero VMT vehicles replace standard vehicles there may be justification to consider them negative VMT vehicles;doubly so if they can serve as modular components of transit systems togreatly improve systemic efficiencies, practicality, and costs.

We
could see this entry being expanded with info, for instance, on how
bike share can serve to complement existing transit systems by
relieving overcrowding. Any takers? If so, sign up for Livable Streets account to add to this or any other article.

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