Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Distracted driving at 0 to 3mph

Thumbing through a manual for a Ford car equipped with Microsoft Sync, I found this gem concerning sending new text messages through your phone via the Sync car interface: "This is a speed dependent feature. The vehicle must be moving less than 3 mph (4.82 khm/h) to use this feature."

This implementation of Sync helpfully comes with 15 predefined messages ranging from "why?" to "where r you?"

My advice to drivers: park it first, then choose "can't talk right now." There's enough distracted driving out there!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Parking worse than driving?

A 2007 article from Slate: Why parking your car is more environmentally destructive than driving it. I found this in the epic comment-fest (552 and counting) following the SF Chronicle's July 14 story on Oakland's dramatic recent parking meter price increase.