Time versus energy
Recently there was a lively discussion over on the Rootsradicals mailing list about energy usage and electric bikes. There was debate about whether it takes more energy to run a bike by electric power or leg power. While the debate was all well and good, it sidesteps the bigger picture. Biking in any form, whether by leg power, electric power, or both, is a far more energy efficient endeavor
Taking the train
Here I am in Montana near Glacier National Park, riding on one of the more fuel-efficient modes of transportation: the train. While gliding along and looking at the spectacular scenery, I couldn't help but run some numbers through my head about the efficiency of this mode of transit. This train is carrying 340 +/- 20 people from Chicago to Seattle, Portland, and points between. So due to my
Replacing two car trips per week....
Recently I saw a discussion on another website about peak oil. Someone there was deriding the "environmentalists" who want us "to all use bikes". He was saying "that is not a realistic solution". Perhaps there is no single solution to our current mess of oil dependency. Perhaps, however, if we combine solutions, we will make a dent in this thing. I came up with the charts below to show what would