Ordinance 1604

Santa Monica Pier

I’m extremely bad with names, but a fellow commuter (whose name I can’t recall) told me about The City of Santa Monica’s Ordinance 1604.

Ordinance 1604 was designed to help reduce commute trips made by employees. The Ordinance promotes “ridesharing�, also know as alternate modes of transportation, for employees such as: walking, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, using public transit, compressed work schedules, telecommuting and other non-polluting forms of transit.

I was also told that Employers that do not meet the requirements of Ordinance 1604 get fined. Another interesting fact about the city of Santa Monica is their Parking Cash out Program.

The City of Santa Monica is the only city in the nation to implement a mandatory Parking Cash Out Program. Parking Cash Out, or AB2109, is a State law requiring employers of fifty or more employees who lease their parking, and subsidize any part of their employee parking to offer their employees the opportunity to give up their parking space and rideshare to work instead. In return for giving up their parking space, the employer pays the employee the cost of the parking space.

Kudos to the City of Santa Monica for setting an example that although some may not agree with, it paves the way for alternate transportation and the reduction of pollution.

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Hot For Hybrids…why?

So the reports are starting to show that there’s possibility that gas prices are going to hit $4.00 a gallon.

Honestly that sucks!

With all this talk about gas prices, people are looking towards hybrid vehicles as a means to save money on gas. The problem with hybrids is the cost. To me it doesn’t make sense why someone would spend around $23k for a Prius that claims to get about 40mpg.If anything, why not buy a car that gets the same amount of gas mileage for half the cost.

Take for example the Toyota Yaris, they say that thing gets about 40mpg and it’s MSRP is about $12k, if you want to go cheaper, the Hyundai Accent gets 35mpg for the price tag of $10k.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I still drive about 2 times a week to work. My little Hyundai Elantra(a chick magnet, um not really, its a Hyundai!), gets me about 26-27mpg. But when I ride my bike 3 times a week, my gas expenses are lower. In a sense its like a hybrid.

Moe developed an MPG calculator that explains how much MPG you’re getting if you were to take the amount of miles you ride you bike and the amount of miles you would drive and throw that in to the mix.

Turns out I should be getting about 60mpg on my car. I say that because the amount of bike commuting I do saves me money on my gas and if I were to drive that distance, the gas I save would equal out to the 60mpg…make sense? It’s hard to articulate what I’m trying to say, but for the most part it makes sense if you use this calculator.

Anyhow, I do dread the day when gas prices do go up to $4.00 per gallon. One guy I know of mentioned on his blog basically invites the gas prices to go up…I guess he didn’t realize that when gas prices go up, so do food prices, air fare, cab far and anything else that needs fuel to

Sure riding our bikes makes a difference, but being the minority that we are, we’re still screwed one way or another by high gas prices. People will either pay it at the pump or at the grocery store.