“You Don’t Need Us To Tell You That Gas Prices Are Back On The Rise.”

Gas prices on the rise - The Conan O'Brien ShowHere’s a funny video from The Conan O’Brien Show of newscasters repeating the same line about rising gas prices. The clip originally aired in February 2013 and in each case, “You don’t need us to tell you that gas prices are back on the rise” was played off as bad news. At Jubbling, that same repeated line is stated a little differently: “You don’t need to tell us that. Gas prices are on the RISE!” (Drive less.) [CDCW]


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Chicago’s Parking Meters Will Charge $6.50/Hour In 2013. Chicagoans Should ‘Stick It To The Man’ By Using Mass Transit Instead.

Parking meter in Chicago.I know I’m not the only one who hates driving into the big city only to be tethered to a parking meter. Parking meters remind us each time that we should’ve taken the bus, subway or train. If the parking rates are reasonable, we look past the inconvenience and continue to drive into the city.

Chicago is different. Currently, their downtown parking meter rates are the highest in the country at $5.75/hour and they’re going up in 2013 to $6.50/hour. The city is not benefiting by the increased rates but Jubbling will. Hopefully the new higher rates will discourage more people from driving into downtown Chicago and encourage them to travel by bus or train. [CBS Chicago]

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‘Exxon Hates Your Children’ Video

What can you do? Drive less. It doesn’t matter what you drive – once a week, pick one trip you’d normally take with your car and instead carpool, ride the mass transit or avoid the trip/drive altogether. [Grist]

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Portland’s NO Off-Street Parking Apartments Leads To More On-Street Parking – Not Fewer Cars.

On-street parking clogged neighborhood.You’d think in-city apartments built with easy access to mass transit and without parking garages would discourage car ownership but that’s not happening in Portland – there’s just too much free parking on the neighboring streets. In a study put together for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 72% of the apartment residents surveyed (with and without off-street parking) owned a car. Of the car owners, 64% make their daily commute by biking, walking, riding mass transit or carpooling/ridesharing to work.

There’s a great quote in the study from the car owners:

“A common trend in this study is that people are reluctant to get rid of their vehicles. One of the questions the survey asked was what amenities would reduce the respondent’s need for motorized vehicle ownership. Many people stated that there were no amenities that would reduce their need for a vehicle.”

And the quote is coming from mass-transit riding – bicycling – walking Portlandians!

Convincing people to live car-free may be a mistake. Encouraging people to drive less is probably a better way to go. [Oregon Live]

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$5 Per Gallon Gas Is A Reality In California.

$5 per gallon gasoline hits California.Nowhere in the Bloomberg article, “California Facing $5 Gasoline Stirs Brown to Relax Rules,” did it mention the idea of Californians driving less to help people offset the cost of $5/gallon gasoline. Governor Jerry Brown is relaxing air quality rules so refineries can produce more cheap fuel and getting gas from out-of-state suppliers is great for maintaining consumption but what leaders in CA really need to do is encourage their citizens to consume less or take mass transit. Whether you drive a hybrid or monster truck, drive less or $6/gallon will be the next benchmark. If they don’t drive less, they’ll be telling their kids stories about the good ol’ days when gas cost $5/gallon… 2 months prior. [Bloomberg]

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Ok, Maybe We Shouldn’t Blindly Accept All High Walk Scores As Good…

Live Here Walk To Walmart & McDonaldsWalkScore.com is a useful tool and eco favorite that helps people figure out how walkable their next home, apartment or condo is before they sign the papers. Not sure the walk score for this location is one that WalkScore.com wants to highlight. [tcd]

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