Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tax the Rich: An animated fairy tale

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Clean Water Action Network

Sunday, September 9, 2012

This $18 Billion City Near Abu Dhabi Will Run On Solar Power - Read More

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tennessee lands on 'Toxic 20' air pollution ranking � The Commercial Appeal

Tennessee lands on 'Toxic 20' air pollution ranking � The Commercial Appeal

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Unemployment Problem Includes Public Transportation That Separates Poor From Jobs

Unemployment Problem Includes Public Transportation That Separates Poor From Jobs

Sunday, June 24, 2012

WalesOnline - News - South Wales Valleys - Pontypridd & Llantrisant - ‘They’re going to ruin us with the pedestrianisation’

Car-Free Memphis fully supports the development of car-free zones, neighborhoods, and/or livable streets. But, it would be unfair not to address that there are other people, whose arguments state that in some of these zones business has fallen by 30%. In which case, these zones are so huge that one can hardly walk across these zones with a heavy load of shopping bags in a timely manner without assistance from a bike or hand chart. Moreover, these zones are not just car-free, they are wheel-free zones: no carts, buggies, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, ect allowed at all. This does appear to be over kill, whereby shops line the borders of these huge zones, while leaving one huge circle of empty space in the center. Well, in that case, I somewhat agree with their side of this argument. In fact, a design with condensed streets would be far better. These streets should be from 5 to 50 feet wide with two adequate sidewalks on either side or a completely flat surface. These zones can be fully supported by solar and wind power, along with grid power whenever necessary. Only electric vehicles should be allowed to ride through these communities after a certain time frame, while gas vehicles are allowed in for deliveries between 9 PM and 9 AM in the morning. Between 9AM and 9 PM, only walkers, human powered vehicles, and electric vehicles are allowed. This proposal that I am making here truly comes from a well balanced approach applied by those who want to avoid any extremist car-free models with one-way-to-do-it-only arguments. The following link provides you with adequate support concerning the matter at hand, that car-free zones that are to big hardly works for many business owners.

WalesOnline - News - South Wales Valleys - Pontypridd & Llantrisant - ‘They’re going to ruin us with the pedestrianisation’

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bicycle Camper

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

AGENDA 21 vehicle ownership and private property

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

AGENDA 21: CNN Pushes "Car Free" Cities As A Way To Deal With The Forecl...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Inaugural "Rolling For Independence" Fundraiser with the Memphis Center For Independent Living

Despite the bad weather, Ron Gephart steps up to save the day by leading us all off of the parking lot for a five mile ride around Midtown to celebrate the bike lanes running along Madison Avenue.    

Ron is a City of Memphis theater guru with 40 years of production, acting, and directing experience under his belt, among other related titles and accolades.  

Up to a point, I was privileged just to be tagging along behind Ron in a bright yellow reflective jacket and a rain suit. 

Ron grinned real big, as I struggled to keep up with him. 

Look - I was not trying to win a race. 

Nonetheless, Ron beat all of us back to the finish line despite his fogged up eye glasses, rain pouring down his face, and his recently replaced hip. 

So what was my excuse for falling so far behind Ron and a few others as well?

I will never tell you that and only God will ever know - LOL!    

Anyway, I want to give my deepest appreciation for my own personal sponsors. 

I could not have done this without them: 
In fact, I introduced Tony's Transit-Pup to several people at this fundraiser and they were truly impressed! 

Afterwards, I crossed the street to go shopping for groceries at the CASH SAVER on Madison Avenue.  

While inside the store, I took the time to demonstrate what the Transit-Pup can do. 

The Transit-Pup can be taken onto a public transit bus, pulled behind a bicycle, or rolled along any sidewalk. 

Moreover, it can even be broken down and all the parts placed into its own container and then put away in a closet until it's needed again.

In closing, here are a few photo's and a video I produced for the event.  



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Invention of Jaywalking - Commute - The Atlantic Cities

The Invention of Jaywalking - Commute - The Atlantic Cities

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Memphis Named The "Asthma Capital" For 2012 - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Memphis Named The "Asthma Capital" For 2012 - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Thursday, April 5, 2012

With Cars or Without?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Harahan Bridge Project Adds Walk/Bike Route Across River

I can hardly wait for this Harahan Bridge Project to be completed. Moreover, it is equally feasible to plan for and implement walk-bike paths throughout our whole city for practical every day utilitarian purposes. Memphis and Shelby County seriously needs an alternative car-free mode of transportation choice for it's citizens. It would be like icing on a cake, as the price for gas is going up up up!

Harahan Bridge Project Adds Walk/Bike Route Across River

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bogota's Amazing Bus Rapid Transit Keeps Getting Better (Video) : TreeHugger

Ten Years After Redefining BRT, What's Next for TransMilenio? from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Car-Free Memphis and Memphis Bus Riders Union Team Up for Social Justice

Would you like to live in a more livable community that can reduce stress? If the answer is yes, then it will be good to know that several organizations and individuals have already been working together to make it happen.

For example, there is the Memphis Bus Riders Union, Car-Free Memphis blogger - David Fullerton, and The Memphis Center For Independent Living. 

The Memphis Bus Riders Union (BRU) was recently organized through various individuals and collaborative groups of like-minded people who want social justice concerning mass transportation. For example, they want to force Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) to provide far superior services for all citizens within the metropolitan area.

The blog contributor for Car-Free Memphis, David Fullerton, is backing up all of these legitimate rants with many years of mass transportation knowledge and research, as well as ongoing personal experience as a MATA rider for many years.

To illustrate, many years ago, Fullerton attended High School at Overton High School where he also graduated from in 1984 as a perfroming arts student. His MATA bus ride trip from the Whitehaven area to Watkins Overton High School took about 90 minutes each way. And more recently, as a substitute teacher with Memphis City Schools, his MATA bus trips throughout the whole city also took about 90 minutes or longer each way; and not to mention all the trips he had to take his classes at the University of Memphis, which were also 90 minutes each-way. 

All in all, as the blogger for Car-Free Memphis, Fullerton has well over ten years of solid car-free living experiences to pull from, as well as having a deep passion for social justice issues. 

And Fullerton has observed that regardless of a MATA bus rider's economic level, educational level, or race, one can easily spend as much as 30 hours each week waiting for and riding on a MATA bus; and that is just to get to work.

Now add all of that stress to also having to ride a MATA bus to meet any other essential needs like retail shopping, as it drains even more time from the bus rider's personal life. The stress level alone is inhuman to say the least, as there is little or no time left over for family, friends, or celebrating their spiritual values, such as with their local church organizations.   

What is the result of all this?

The Answer - Nearly 40,000 mentally and physically exhausted Memphis citizens - that is what!

In fact, according to several members of The Memphis Center for Independent Living, MATA drivers are refusing to let down ramps for people with disabilities who are wheelchair bound if the ramp is not working mechanically; yet these ramps can be let down manually too.

And when the busses are full, some of these wheelchair bound citizens have been forced to wait for another bus that may not come for another hour --- perhaps longer if the next bus is late. Therefore, we should not be asking MATA to make improvements, but demanding it and getting it right now!

On the other hand, we can advocate for redesigning several blocks of property at various locations throughout our city to become car-free. This will allow for up to 5,000 people living within these communities to cut back on using MATA.

The main purpose of a car-free city is to drastically reduce the daily stresses related to transportation woes. This means that we should want car-free streets and neighborhoods with no parking for motorized vehicles within the community itself - perhaps private parking within a security zone nearby.  

Within such a community, one can meet all of their essential needs, wants, and desires within ten minutes of their homes. All of us are deserving of communities like this so that we can live without the constant noise of traffic and exhaust fumes that have been taking us over day after day for decades.

For your own good health and social well-being - join us and take action!


  • We have one of the nations poorest public transit systems.
  • According to the Brookings Institute, among 100 largest in the U.S., Memphis is #69. 

  • More than 80% of MATA's riders are Memphians who have no other means of getting to work. 
  •  In the Memphis area, only 26% of all jobs are reachable via public transit within 90 minutes. 

  • The Brooking Institute ranked Memphis #98 out of 100 for suburban job access. 

  • 83 % of MATA riders do not have cars. 

  •  There are 33 numbered bus routes. 

  • The MATA fleet has 169 vehicles (149 active), down from 244 in 2007 and 198 in 2008.

  • There are 5,600 bud stops -- but only 326 bus shelters.

  • MATA serves 40,000 riders per weekday.

  •  89% of Riders are African -American. 

  • Nearly 60% of riders have an annual income of $18,000 or less. 

  • MATA has raised fares two times in the last four years. 

  • In the spring of 2010, MATA eliminated bus-to-bus transfers of 10 cents requiring riders to pay a separate fair.
  • MATA reduced bus service three times in 2011. 

  • 2013 MATA laid-off employees, shut down several routes completely, and cut way back on the over all operations and other key bus routes. 
  • The whole City of Memphis is devastated! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Peak Everything -- Why Everything Costs More - Yahoo! Finance

I suggest you read this whole article. Get an overview of all the shortages in production that are going to raise prices along with demands world wide. We must cut back. We can do this simply by cutting out all of our non essential goods and services. This will flatten out our over all consumption levels. Even if we do this, many resources have peaked long ago. The most important of these resources is our water supply. To conserve, I ride my bike, walk, take mass transit, or car pool. I also believe in redesigning our community into a carfree city so that we can live a green lifestyle. If you want to do the same thing then we need to get our heads together to make this happen.  Join Car-Free Memphis and Take Action!  

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