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Sustainable Transport Primer

Fuels and energy sources
Basic intro Bio Diesel – what it is and how it is sustainable
Q & A that covers what vehicles can use it, problems and issues, clean diesel situation etc
Basic intro Electric vehicles plugged into renewable electric – what they are and how they work

Q & A
Basic intro Bio Mass conversion for ethanol and methane – what it is, how it is sustainable, and
what needs to happen to get it working.
Q & A that includes Flex fuel vehicles what they are and how to tell if you have one.
Vehicles – what they are – how they are sustainable
Bicycles –
1 Moving from recreation to major transport alternative
2 How they are a solution to problems in intro.
3 What people need to make transition to bicycle transport – safety etc.
4 Other human powered options – skates and skate boards.
Neighborhood Transport Vehicles
1 What they are – electric scooters, gas (preferable flex fuel) scooters. Mobility scooters.
Electric mopeds, electric motorcycles, Cushman vehicles, Gems, other NEV’s
2 How they help
3 Who they help
4 What it takes for people to use them.
Re-localization – Neighborhood centers for a city that drives less
Near term goals
(One Paragraph for each of the following)
Get the schools involved with education about our oil addiction and the alternatives.
Fueling station for all sustainable fuels
Safe parking and storage for all vehicles in commercial areas, city facilities, apartments and

A bicycle and NTV center to help get bicycle riding and NTV easier and safer for all
Safe routes that provide full access to the entire city for all forms of Sustainable transport
Create a sustainable transport center like a Green Depot so the community can act to realize
these goals.
Sustainable Transport Club 4/17/2006 Introduction
This Primer presents solutions to some of the pressing issues confronting our communities and our
country. The possibility of creating a sustainable transportation system creates solutions for at least three
key transportation issues as follows:
Traffic Congestion and Parking.
The daily problems of traffic congestion, parking limitations and aggravations as well as providing local
actions that deals with two much larger problems.
Oil Addiction
We have a larger problem of being addicted to imported oil. This addiction is a threat to both our domestic
economy and our national security
Air and Water Pollution
The other large-scale problem with our oil based transport system is the significant impact on our
environment. Not only does the exhaust poison the air we breathe but also the emissions are impacting
and destabilizing our global climate. The oil that leaks from our vehicles is also a real source of pollution
that runs into our streams, lakes and oceans.
A Vision of a Sustainable Future
The solutions to these key transportation issues are to build our lives around a sustainable
system. The system involves building cities that do not require people to travel far and when
they do travel they do so in a wide range of vehicles other than gasoline powered cars. The
systems require developing renewable energy sources and implementing a range of new
technologies that become build into our lives.
The final details of what this sort of system will look like will unfold as we move through the
process of creating the new system. This primer will provide the details of what sustainable
options are currently available as well as the information that is currently know about other
possible parts of this puzzle. It is possible to bring together some of the best ideas about what a
sustainable system would look like and to start building the vision of how this might work.
Let us now project our thinking into that future and see how people deal with their needs for
transportation. A vision of a Sustainable Transportation future would look something like this:
The roads are filled with a wide range of vehicles. These include everything from lots of bicycles
and scooters up to cars and trucks running on renewable clean fuels. The young people and the
physically vigorous ones are using everything from standup scooters, skates, skateboards and
bicycles to get what they need from with in their communities. The busy moms and dads are
getting their errands done more quickly and easily with things like electric mopeds, the Seqways
and neighborhood electric vehicles that go up to thirty miles an hour. The seniors and those with
physical challenges are using a range of mobility scooters.
The range of vehicles that are slower than full automobiles are referred to as Neighborhood
Transport Vehicles or NTV’s. The NTV’s can go up to 25 or 30 miles per hour and are either
human powered, bio-electric hybrids or run on clean fuels like electric and hydrogen.
Sustainable Transport Club 4/17/2006 All of the vehicles described have pathways and lanes on the roads that keep them safe while
giving them access to all parts of the city. There are bicycle boulevards that are dedicated to
these kinds of machines.

The city has safe routes for young people to use low speed neighborhood transport vehicles to
get to all schools, recreational facilities and mass transit centers. These all feature ample safe
storage and parking for all these types of machines.


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