Today's headlines make the case (as I attempt to do everyday) that green commuting contributes to higher quality of life.

  • Walk Places, Meet People, and Build Social Capital (Science Daily). Researchers at the University of New Hampshire concluded that people who live in walkable communities have higher quality of life. This is because people who live in walkable communities are more likely to be civically engaged and to have greater levels of trust (in their neighbors).  They also have proximity to amenities that contribute to higher quality of life, like easy access to businesses, post offices, schools, and community gathering spaces.
  • Gas prices in the Southland are on the rise (LA Daily News). The regional average for a gallon of gas is now $3.21. The Daily News reports that the AAA and Oil Price Information Service found that this is is 8.7 cents more than a week ago, 10.5 cents more than a month ago and 29 cents more than this time last year. May I make a confession? I know gas prices are on the rise. But as someone who drives seldomly, I've been mostly immune to the increases. (Of course, gas price spikes will hit me indirectly, by increasing the cost of goods and services.)
  • Putting the Mute in Commute (The Boston Globe). I'm intrigued by the introduction of "Quiet Cars" on commuter rail trains in the Boston area. Most LA Metro buses have much-scorned Transit TVs, which seemed novel to me when I first saw them in 2007. But now, despite efforts to ramp up the quality of programming, they're plain annoying. I wonder what it would be like if we had quiet cars (or buses) in the LA metro area.