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Transportation Library Links
Sustainable transportation means you have many options for how to move. This set of library links means you have many resources to expand your knowledge.
Sustainable Transportation: Describes the Washington State Department of Transportation's approach for an adaptable, integrated, multi-model statewide transportation system that supports Washington's economy, preserves the environment and enhances our communities. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/SustainableTransportation/
SoundTransit - Transit Oriented Development: TOD’s are one of the many projects that can help communities become as sustainable as possible. Check out how SoundTransit is doing this. http://www.soundtransit.org/tod
Transportation For The Year 2040: Map of King County’s current transportation system compared to future transportation system for Washington. http://issaquahwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3532
King County- Transit Oriented Development: King County's Strategic Plan establishes a goal of encouraging a growing and diverse King County economy and vibrant, thriving and sustainable communities. Transit Oriented Development is a means to achieving this goal. http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/PlanningAndPolicy/RegionalTransportationPlanning/TransitOrientedDevelopment.aspx
City of Issaquah Transportation Plan: The city of Issaquah outlines their plan to establish practical solutions to support city infrastructure and to prepare for future growth.
City of Sammamish Trail Plan: The City of Sammamish has completed its plan to increase the amount of individuals that can commute by making trails so it's easier to get to where they are going. http://www.sammamish.us/departments/parksandrec/projects/TrailsPlan.aspx
Western Washington Clean Cities: A coalition that works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to reduce petroleum use in transportation.
The Tilikum Crossing Bridge, a product for the environment: A bridge that is only open to public transportation like trains and buses, and bans private vehicles from using the bridge while also allowing bikes and pedestrians to cross.http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/08/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars/378665/
WA mileage charge to Replace Gas Tax Gaining Speed: One of the most controversial issues around modern transportation nowadays in Washington State. Check out how the Washington State Government is debating this proposed change. http://socialcapitalreview.org/wa-mileage-charge-to-replace-gas-tax-gaining-speed/
Copenhagen’s New Bike Skyway Makes Commuting Look Fun:http://www.wired.com/2014/08/copenhagens-new-bike-skyway-makes-commuting-look-fun/#slide-id-1379351
TOD Transit Orientation Development
SoundTransit- Transit Oriented Development: TOD’s are one of the many projects that can help communities become as sustainable as possible. Check out how SoundTransit is doing this. http://www.soundtransit.org/tod
Salmon Friendly Trips: Issaquah is encouraging all to switch from individual driving to begin to carpool, bike, walk, or use public transportation.http://www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=355
Go Redmond: The Go Redmond website outlines various fast and simple transportation solutions to increase productivity and promote the sustainability of our community. http://www.goredmond.com/
Walkability and Trails
Walk Score: Learn the walkscore of various cities in Washington. Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma are ranked the highest of 79 Washinton cities on walkscore. https://www.walkscore.com/WA/
City of Sammamish Trail Plan: The City of Sammamish has completed its plan to increase the amount of individuals that can commute by making trails so it's easier to get to where they are going. http://www.sammamish.us/departments/parksandrec/projects/TrailsPlan.asp
Redmond Schoolpool: Go Redmond incentivizes sustainable methods of getting to school such as walking, carpooling, biking, or taking the bus.
Benefits of Bikes… Why should I cycle?: Numerous reasons of why biking is both beneficial for yourself and your community. Additionally in this site are other resources around bicycles. http://www.whycycle.co.uk/why-cycle/
Bikes could be a better option for regular city travel than private vehicles: The Copenhagen Wheel like many other electric bikes have an average range of 30 miles, for great access to nearby areas. http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/07/if-an-electric-bike-is-ever-going-to-hit-it-big-in-the-us-its-this-one/375167/
Seattle Bike Master Plan: The city of Seattle’s Executive summary and plans for future provisions to create more opportunities and bike paths for bikers, and to encourage others to resort to biking. The city also emphasizes that through this planned out process anyone will be able to bike to go places. http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/bmp/apr14/SBMP_21March_exec%20summary.pdf
Portland Bike Plan - Vision for 2030: Take a look at how Portland’s city government is planning to be as sustainable a city can possibly be through utilizing the bicycle as a primary mode of transportation. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/44597?a=379127
Bike Culture in New York - Video: Copenhagen is inspiring New York City take new measures to achieve a bicycle friendly city. The Department of Transportation in New York City is finding solutions to create safe bike lanes similar to Copenhagen's safe system of lifted bike lanes.
Bike Culture in Copenhagen - Video: Find out how Copenhagen is the leader in bicycles as transportation and how biking in Copenhagen occurs year round acting as a bustling and affective transportation method for its citizens.
How the Dutch got their Cycle Paths: - Video: How does the Netherlands achieve a perfect bike infrastructure, leading to the worlds most populous and safest biking areas.
Revolutionary Superpedestrian Copenhagen Wheel: The Copenhagen Wheel transforms your bicycle into a smart electric hybrid, quickly and easily, making biking longer distances comparably easier. https://www.superpedestrian.com/
Copenhagen’s New Bike Skyway Makes Commuting Look Fun: Find out Copenhagen yet again has built new citizen pleasing infrastructure for efficient transportation. http://www.wired.com/2014/08/copenhagens-new-bike-skyway-makes-commuting-look-fun/#slide-id-1379351
Transit Master Plan: Seattle begins a second Transit Master plan looking forward 20 years in the future to see how many buses and other sorts of transport they would need. This would increase the amount of public transport for Seattle. http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/transitmasterplan.htm
Sustainability of The King County Metro: Metro has decreased the amount of carbon emissions by reducing the amount individual cars that are on the road with more bus routes and closer routes. They have also used land for better use and have created less congestion.http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/about/environmental-sustainability.aspx
Metro Sustainability Plan of 2014: Metro seeks to reduce the release of large amounts of Greenhouse gasses from transportation equaling to half of Washington's emissions. This plan encourages individuals to use public transportation, bikes, and walking. Metro has implemented exhaust system retrofits and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel vehicles to decrease their release of greenhouse gases.
Metro Vehicle Technology: Metro’s bus fleet consists of diesel-electric hybrid, electric trolley and diesel buses. 70% of their buses are either electric or diesel hybrids. By 2018 Metro plans to have 100% electric buses.http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/about/environmental-sustainability.aspx
Transportation For The Year 2040: Map of current transportation system compared to future transportation system for Washington:
Sound Transit 3: Sound Transit's Sound Transit 3 is a 25-year mass transit expansion plan would add 62 miles of new Link light rail service, bring bus rapid transit service on the Eastside, and increase Sounder train capacity on the south line. http://soundtransit3.org/why-st3/
Sound Transit U-LInk Sustainability Report: Sound Transit outlines how their projects of implementing a light rail system took the best advantage of energy conservation, stormwater management, judicious aterial selection, urban ecology, and many other aspects of environmental responsibility. http://www.via-architecture.com/project/sound-transit-u-link-sustainability-report/
Tesla abandons its patents, aims to spur electric-car revolution: Tesla has recently announced that it is going open source. Find out why here. http://grist.org/news/tesla-abandons-its-patents-in-hopes-of-spurring-electric-car-revolution/
Seattle to get 2,500 electric car charging stations: One of many approaches for a more sustainable future, this will be even more effective in Seattle because of where Seattle’s energy comes from. Instead of coal plants most of Seattle’s energy is hydro powered.http://www.seattlepi.com/transportation/411722_electric2.html
You could power your house with your car: A device in Japan that lets electricity travel two ways in and out of the vehicle would be able to charge your house when the electric grid is out. Instead of using a generator that uses gas, you can now use your car. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/business/energy-environment/electric-vehicles-begin-to-earn-money-from-the-grid.html?pagewanted=all
China to be the leader in electric and hybrid cars in 3 years: The more electric and hybrid cars China has in its population it could depend less on oil and decrease its carbon footprint. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/business/global/02electric.html
The Future of Train Travel: Life in Hyper-Speed: Find out ow Bullet trains are going to continue to improve and develop even more for more efficient transportation http://www.archdaily.com/387454/the-future-of-train-travel-life-in-hyper-speed/
Japanese High Speed Bullet Train: Informative documentary on the successes of Bullet train usages in Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPLx9j-bBHo
Tools For Schools
King County Green Schools: KCGS shows students and staff how they can reduce their carbon footprint on their way to school. https://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenschools/transportation-options.asp
Redmond Schoolpool: Go Redmond incentivizes sustainable methods of getting to school such as walking, carpooling, biking, or taking the bus.http://www.goredmond.com/schools