Promoting Sustainability in East Jefferson County, WA
The Transportation Lab is an Action Group working to promote a transportation system that minimizes need for personal motor vehicles. Such a transportation system must be safe, convenient and healthy, and it must be based on:
Greenhouse gas emission data for Jefferson County indicate that transportation is responsible for the largest share of greenhouse gases, larger than commercial, industrial or residential sectors. Because most transportation mode shifts require altering people’s behavior and habits, they are more difficult and have attracted far less attention than efforts to decrease energy use in buildings and industry.
Yet, every day all of us make transportation choices the moment we choose to walk or bike or step into our cars for errands. Choosing transit requires extra planning too, because our schedules need to be adjusted to bus schedules.
Building a more sustainable transportation system and healthier lifestyles will require refocused decisions by government as it owns and manages the roadways, parking, sidewalks and pathways that make up such a large portion of our transportation infrastructure. Government also manages our land use planning, zoning and development, which determine how we build our communities. Roadways are the largest public space in our urban realms, consuming 20 to 40% of the land surface. What kind of transportation system would we want if we were able to design our system from scratch?
Transportation Lab is actively working on:
Past projects include:
Port Townsend Pedalpalooza 2012
See our Walking page for information on local walking maps and resources, our Biking page for local bicycling resources, and our Transit, Rideshare, and Biodiesel page for local information on those topics.
Transportation Lab meets the 4th Monday of every month, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. We welcome anyone interested in these issues to attend. Meeting location varies, for current location or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in participating in the Transportation Lab or have questions, e-mail email@example.com.