Category Archives: Transportation

Victoria’s First Dedicated Bike Lane

The ECOreport goes to British Columbia’s capital, to look at Victoria’s First Dedicated Bike Lane

By Roy L Hales

There are already cyclists pedalling the city’s streets. Many of the streets have bike lanes. The Galloping Goose stretches from the Johnston street bridge to Leechtown, north of the Sooke Potholes Regional Park. Someone I met outside a coffee-house on Fisgard street said his only means of transportation, for the past twenty years, has been a bicycle. So what is the significance of Victorias first dedicated bike lane?

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Trucking In A Low Carbon Future

The ECOreport looks at a new International Energy Agency Report, the future of trucking in a low carbon world

By Roy L Hales

Trucks consume a fifth of the world’s oil. They also use half of the diesel. Unless actions are taken,  the demand from road freight is expected to grow 40% by 2050. A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) examines trucking in a low carbon future.

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Pedestrians & Cyclists Contribute To Vancouver’s Downtown Businesses

The ECOreport looks at a report from British Columbia, Pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses.

By Roy L Hales

Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their  revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends $15 to $20 more per month.  A University of Melbourne report pointed out (pp 38, 39) that as six bikes fit into one car park, car drivers need to spend six times as much as cyclists to produce the same economic benefit. A new report shows the transition taking place in British Columbia, where pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses. 

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Bicycles Once Again Triumphed In Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge

The ECOreport  Bicycles once again triumphant in Vancouver’s annual Rush Hour Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Bicycles have dominated Vancouver’s Rush Hour Challenge ever since the event began,  in 2009.  According to statistics from HUB Cycling, bikes came in first 73.3% of the time, while cars have been first 16% and transit 11% of the time. This year, bicycles once again triumphed in Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge.1

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  1. formerly known as Vancouver’s Share the Road Challenge

Vancouver’s Second Annual Bike The Night Ride

The ECOreport reposts a public announcement, Vancouver’s Second Annual Bike The Night Ride

Press release from HUB Cycling

Today Councillor Heather Deal became one of the first people to sign up for HUB Cycling’s Bike the Night event, which will see more than 5,000 take to the streets of Vancouver on a fun evening ride.
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Big Oil Companies Investing In EVs

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about diversification, Big Oil companies investing in EVs

Originally Published on Oilprice.com

By Jon LeSage

Speaking this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York, Total SA’s chief energy economist, Joel Couse, forecasted that EVs will make up 15 to 30 percent of global new vehicle sales by 2030.
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American Interest In EVs Equals Interest In Full-Size Trucks

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED, American interest in EVs equals interest In full-size trucks

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By James Ayre

A recent survey from AAA found that interest in electric vehicles amongst consumers in the US now rivals that of full-size pickup trucks.

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London’s Transportation Sector Going Electric

The ECOreport looks into the first steps towards London’s Transportation Sector Going Electric

By Roy L Hales

A spokesperson from Fastned said negotiations have been going on for the past year and a half. This morning Transport for London (TfL) announced the Dutch EV fast charging company is one of the five successful bidders. The other charging companies are Bluepoint London, the Centrica Consortium, Chargemaster and Electricity Supply Board (ESB).  London’s first 75 charging points should be operational by the end of the year.  By 2020, there could be 300.  The first steps towards London’s transportation sector going electric have been taken.

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Will California Accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 Million Settlement?

The ECOreport looks at what could be the final chapter of Dieselgate, Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?

By Roy L Hales

The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) ruling on the proposed settlement, from the dieselgate scandal, will come very soon. The Volkswagen Group of America is proposing to invest $2 billion into the nation’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure over the next ten years. A significant portion of this investment is earmarked for California. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the deal. Will California accept Volkswagen’s $800,000 million settlement?

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Fastned’s First German EV Fast Charging Stations

The ECOreport looks at a story from Germany’s Ev Build-out, Fastned’s First German EV Fast Charging Stations

By Roy L Hales

Germany is building out an EV fast charging infrastructure. Two months ago, the European Commission decided “Germany’s scheme to roll out a network of user-friendly infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules.”  The government will invest €300 million (nearly $320 US) and two-thirds of this is designated to accelerate the development of a fast charging network. The buildout started long before any announcement of Government funding. 292 units were installed last year. Construction of the Dutch company Fastned’s first German EV fast charging stations is about to commence.

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