|TREES: Transportation, Energy, Environment, Sustainability|
for Peak Oil
Protection and Restoration
for the Year 2025, Region 2050
is not efficiency, it is post-petroleum
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|Transportation Manufacturing: Bicycles, Electric Cars, Convert RV Factories to mass transit vehicle production|
The Eugene area is fortunate to have several types of transportation companies. At least four businesses manufacture bicycles (Center for Appropriate Transport, Burley, Bike Friday and Commotion), which are the most efficient mode of transportation ever invented - four times more efficient than walking, per calorie of exertion.
The “Gizmo” electric car is manufactured across the street from Bertelsen Nature Park. An updated “Gizmo” could be an important component for a local transportation industry.
Two decades ago, when the clearcutting of old growth trees reached their limits due to depletion, Lane County encouraged the development of a Recreational Vehicle industry. Now that oil extraction is near or at the peak of extraction, the future viability of this industry is in doubt. Increased oil costs will slow sales, and eventually drive these companies out of business – the only question is how expensive gas will get before these costs shut down RV production. It would be more sustainable to encourage these companies to use their technical skills to shift to Bus Rapid Transit vehicle production (which could be powered by locally manufactured biodiesel from Willamette Valley grass seed farms that convert to growing canola and meadowfoam).
The local bicycle, electric vehicle and RV companies could be critical parts for keeping the regional economy afloat after peak oil – a source for practical transportation and local jobs after gas reaches $5 per gallon. Nearly all money that is spent now on transportation systems is taken out of the community to be sent to distant factories.