June 26 Update - Open Streets, Student Car Share, traffic congestion, bees, more

By Matthew Sweet (@matthewdsweet)

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Today's News:

CONNECT

-- Open Streets Hamilton returns to James Street North on Sunday, July 13th.  Get more information at their website www.openstreetshamilton.ca and keep an eye out for Hamilton SPN on James Street that day.

DO

-- One more day to get your free membership...Bike, Transit, walk, and use Student Car Share!

Get a FREE Student Car Share membership by  registering at www.studentcarshare.ca using the promocode "Keepitgreen" to get a free membership ($75 value). Offer expires on June 27, at 11:59PM

Student Car Share is the smart, environmentally savvy way to drive. Rent cars parked in Hamilton by the hour for only $8 an hour or $56 a day – that included gas and insurance. Just JOIN > RESERVE > SCAN > DRIVE!

LEARN

-- Two recent articles from Hamilton blogs Raise the Hammer and CATCH highlight the phenomenon of "induced demand" of vehicular traffic and road construction.  In a nutshell, building more roads does not relieve congestion but only creates more traffic to fill the new space provided. 
http://raisethehammer.org/article/2219/induced_demand_transit_investment_and_congestion
http://hamiltoncatch.org/view_article.php?id=1288

THINK

-- More scholarly evidence that certain pesticides are one of the key factors in the massive decline of bee populations worldwide. There are campaigns springing up all over the place calling for the elimination of these pesticides, while the manufacturers are all denying the evidence.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/pesticides-linked-to-bee-deaths-must-be-banned-scientists-say-1.2685492
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27980344

Posted on June 26, 2014 and filed under News.