1000 Friends of Florida

Merge Lanes Ahead

Conserving Energy Through Land-Use and Transportation Planning.

A series of nine fact sheets
dealing with the relationships between transportation, land
use, energy and our future. Each fact sheet develops a different
topic with useful ideas about transportation and energy.

We’ve called the series Merge
Lanes Ahead because we believe that merging the way we plan
transportation, land use and energy conservation is ultimately
how we will create the kinds of communities Floridians want.
That’s our goal for this series – to help consumers, policy-makers,
and institutions learn how to create more sustainable communities.



This first fact sheet describes
how topics were selected for the series and provides brief
descriptions of the information covered in the other eight
fact sheets.
Transportation and Energy Consumption: Defining the Problem
Fact Sheet 2 examines the
connection between transportation and energy consumption
and explains why the transportation sector in the United
States requires so much of our energy supply.
Traffic Congestion: Is highway construction really the answer?
Fact Sheet 3 looks at traffic
congestion and suggests some questions to consider before
assuming that highway construction is the answer to reducing
congestion or improving mobility.
Street Design
Fact Sheet 4 examines road
design and provides some suggestions for improving highway
aesthetics and making our streets more pedestrian and bicycle
Land Use and Transportation
Fact Sheet 5 examines one
of these strategies, neotraditional design, in some detail.
Neotraditional design, also known as New Urbanism, attempts
to develop communities that are less dependent on automobiles,
and that enable people to walk from their homes to businesses
and stores.
The Economics of Driving Your Car: Direct Costs, Hidden Costs and Subsidies
Fact Sheet 6 looks at the
economics of driving, focusing on direct costs, indirect
costs and subsidies.
Reducing Automobile Travel
Fact Sheet 7 examines alternatives
to driving, including telecommuting.
Managing Congestion: Community Case Studies
Fact Sheet 8 provides case
descriptions of several innovative, non-construction alternatives
to traffic congestion including transportation management
associations; a trip reduction ordinance used by Pleasanton,
California; a rideshare-parking management program used
by Montgomery County, Maryland; and two transit management
strategies used by Phoenix, Arizona and Norfolk, Virginia.
Road Blocks to Change
Fact sheet 9 concludes the
series with a discussion of “road blocks to change”.
What are the impediments to implementing these ideas and
how can they be overcome?
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