After the Peak - from OrangePolitics.org

I am on the Orange Politics "Junkie" list, so I receive an email when a new post goes up on OrangePolitics.org. In this case it was an announcement of a film being shown in Orange County, however, Ruby's lead-in was provocative.

I actually think often of what our lives will be like after the assumption of plentiful and cheap petroleum is gone. For example in Chapel Hill, homes in walking distance of the campus will be even more valuable than they are now. How about homes near Carolina North? If we have managed to get some transit infrastructure into place, that will also drive the value of locations if the only appealing way to get to RTP is by transit. Or will RTP go away, a relic of the dinosaur age of cars? Will we see 10-story buildings in downtown Carrboro?

Anyway, like I said, I think about this, so I am very intrigued abut this film that is "a provocative look at the world of oil scarcity set in Orange County in the near future."

Being on the Orange County Transportation Board, this post by Ruby S. really peeked my interest. How can we put together 35 year plans without dealing with peak oil? Specifics on the showing after the break.

Citizens to hold energy meeting

CARRBORO -- A group of concerned citizens, sponsored by local organizations, will hold a public meeting on April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Century Center to address our energy future with a focus on local solutions to global problems.

Local filmmaker Jim McQuaid screens his new film "After the Peak" -- a provocative look at the world of oil scarcity set in Orange County in the near future -- followed by a public meeting about the energy future and how to address these challenges locally.

The organizers include Mike Lanier, Stephen Hren, Tom Henkel, Alison Carpenter, Blair Pollock, Jim McQuaid, Dave Stancil and Sally Goerner. Sponsors include N.C. Cooperative Extension, N.C. Powerdown, SURGE, The Chapel Hill Solar Roofs Committee, The Alliance for Community Economics, The Orange County Economic Development Commission, The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and The Village Project.

Following the film, three speakers will give short presentations on ideas for local solutions to these global challenges. Those presentations will be followed by audience questions and comments. The speakers will include Simon Rich, a leader on the interconnection of energy and agriculture; Eric Henry, long associated with a wide variety of local solution issues from bicycling, to land use, to sustainable apparel; and Patrick McDonough, a board member of The Village Project and a transportation planner.

The meeting is free and open to all interested members of the public. For more information, contact Mike Lanier at 245-2063 or mlanier@co.orange.nc.us.

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Ooo....great lead in

I'm trying to finish something up, but I'll follow the link to read the whole post.



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Actually, that's about it...

but del.icio.us it for later and read what will probably be a whole series of incredible comments.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Exactly

Yes, the rest is written by the community (hopefully).

I can tell you from my work on the Chapel Hill Planning Board and from observing reactions to Carolina North that most people around here are still of the "transit is great... just not for my family" persuasion. What will it take for people to let go of their precious cars?

Having lived in a place where public transit was plentiful

and easy to access (Pittsburgh, PA), I can tell you - it wouldn't take much for me to give up the car. I love mass transit. To be able to travel and read at the same time? Heaven.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Not just transit

Bike lanes and bike/ped-only roads, too, and, dare I say it, a regional rail system. Bikes that can go on buses, also. Integration of the school bus systems with local and regional transit, like Al Terry of OPT talks about, and an increase in coordination among the different transportation options.
One other option is the Chapel Hill Transit model, with fare-free service except to basketball games. CHT gets enough money from UNC so that it doesn't have to charge passengers a fare, and that, in turn, increased ridership so much that CHT's funding sources have increased. It is almost physically painful to switch from a CHT bus to a TTA bus, even using a bus pass. We have to find new funding models and infect the other area transit providers with them so that they can eliminate fares for riders. Advertising is not necessarily the way to go, but what is?
And finally, we have to teach our kids that transit is the way to go. How many kids do you know who have never even ridden a public bus?
- Bryn

- BJ

Ah! Welcome!


One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

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You can provide all the transit you want, most people will still ride in their car until they feel it in their wallet.

I think we need effective public transit, supported by dense and pedestrian-friendly development... and a $5/gallon gas tax to justify/pay for it.