A Giant Sucking Sound
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Over the last 60 years this two-island nation has
been sinking into the Caribbean Sea. Extraction of underground oil for export
has caused land to subside, so the country is literally sucking itself into
-People Power Update.
BERKELEY, CA: According to UC Berkeley. "The increase in obesity is more
a result of the availability of gasoline than the availability of fast
-People Power Update
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PORTLAND, OR: Former Oregon Senator Bob Packwood explained that he altered his
diaries not to deceive his colleagues on the Ethics Committee, but out of fear
of leaks by "copiers and secretaries, and people on bikes."
-Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Roads Attract Cars
LONDON: In London, the average speed of vehicles is the same as it was when
the horse and carriage ruled. A 1994 British government report admitted that
new roads attract more cars and cause traffic jams. Britons may be famous for
their good manners, but London motorists often get out of their cars in the
middle of a traffic jam to abuse other drivers. The Polite Society recently
called for a "day of politeness" on the road to reverse declining
standards of behavior.
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Don't Try This In New York
OLYMPIA, WA: Not that judges recommend it, but the Washington State Court of
Appeals has ruled there's no law against riding a bike while intoxicated.
"Because bicycles do not have the force and speed of cars, a drunk
bicyclist is not capable of causing the tremendous "carnage and slaughter
associated with drunk driving," -wrote Judge Edward Fleisher.
NYC Behind The Curve
Many public bus fleets in major cities across the country are on the way to
converting from polluting diesel fuel to natural gas. Most have made more
progress than New York:
Long Island 43%
Los Angeles 30%
-National Resources Defense Council
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What It Takes To Get A
Driver's license In Germany
1. Fill out a registration form at your state-licensed driving school: $260.
2. Two passport-size pictures and a "certiflcate of good vision"
issued by an optometrist $1O-$20.
3. Registration fee: $55.
4. Study materials to practice for the final written test: $10-$50.
5. A class in life-saving methods in various accident situations: $20-$50.
6. Ten behind-the-wheel trips with an instructor, including five
cross-country, three on the Autobahn, and two at night under adverse weather
7. Another 20 to 30 hours of driving in a variety of difficult traffic
8. You are now ready for the official test $170.
TOTAL COST: $1925-$2405
Whitman On Wheels
TRENTON: New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman rode 60 miles from the Delaware
River to the Jersey Shore on a hot August day. "It's a great way to get
out and see things. she said. " When you drive past things, you get one
vision of them. You bike past them, and it's another.
BASEL, SWITZERLAND: The Swiss chemical conglomerate Ciba-Geigy provides its
employees with 1600 free bicycles to ride around its sprawling offices.
Employees also enjoy 3500 bike parking spaces (90% of them under cover),
compared with only 3250 spots to park cars.
-European Federation for Transport and the Environment