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Rail users drive 400m to station

The West, 27 August 2011

Licence plate surveys have revealed some commuters drive less than 400m to park at crowded Perth train stations each morning, prompting calls for more to be done to encourage cycling and walking to work.

Public Transport Seminar and AGM: 22 September

Seminar on the draft Public Transport Strategy for Perth- submissions close 14 October.

When: 5.30pm, Thursday 22 September

Where: City West Lotteries House, Delhi St, West Perth

Landmark study quantifies true value of rail

Australasian Railway Association, 10 August 2011 

The True Value of Rail report, released this week by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and Queensland Rail National, has called for governments to address Australia's transport challenges.

The Cycling Economy: Gross Cycling Product

Britain’s booming cycling economy made headlines this week with a 24 page report from the London School of Economics putting it in the spotlight. ECF Policy Officer Martti Tulenheimo comments on the news.

What makes Cambridge a model cycling city?

The Guardian, 17 August 2011

Some people know Cambridge as the "city of cycling". One in five journeys in Cambridge is made by bike, exactly what the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, aspires to .

Can she fix it?

Sydney Morning Herald, 25 August 2011

She has one of Sydney’s toughest, most thankless tasks – fixing up the mess that is our train, bus and ferry system. But the woman renowned for “stalking” people to get ahead is not only relishing the challenge, she’s being talked up as our next premier. Shelley Gare meets transport minister Gladys Berejiklian.

Oils ain’t oils when it comes to the petrol price

Sydney Morning Herald, 18 August 2011

Casual followers of the oil price will know from the nightly TV news that oil prices have fallen sharply since April. Yet their own hip pocket tells them that the slide in global prices has done precious little to bring down local petrol prices, which have stubbornly stayed at around the $1.40 a litre level. The temptation is to blame the oil refining companies. But the reality is that when it comes to the pricing of crude, oils ain't oi

Petrol and oil prices don’t always mix

Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 2011

An article yesterday on this website by Barry Fitzgerald on why “Oils ain't Oils when it comes to the petrol price,” looked at why unleaded petrol prices haven't fallen at the same pace as the recent fall in crude oil prices. The pieced cited RB

At Vacant Homes, Foraging for Fruit

New York Times, 14 August 2011

As she does every evening, Kelly Callahan walked her dogs through her East Atlanta neighborhood. As in many communities in a city with the 16th-highest foreclosure rate in the nation, there were plenty of empty, bank-owned properties for sale. She noticed something else. Those forlorn yards were peppered with overgrown gardens and big fruit trees, all bulging with the kind of bounty that comes from the high heat and afternoon thunderstorms tha

Economic consequences of recent oil price changes

Econbrowser, 14 August 2011

Earlier this year, disruptions in Libya and the resurgence of demand from the emerging economies sent oil prices up sharply, a development that many economists believe contributed to the slow growth for 2011:H1. The chaotic markets of the last few weeks saw oil prices drop back down to where they had been in December. Will that be enough to revive the struggling U.S. economy? There is some evidence suggesting that it may be too late.