"The use of paper, perhaps more than any other single product, reflects the throwaway mentality that evolved during the last century. There is an enormous possibility for reducing paper use simply by replacing facial tissues, paper napkins, disposable diapers, and paper shopping bags with reusable cloth alternatives." –Lester R. Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
As Portland prepares to launch their Alta Bicycle Share program in the coming year, the Portland Mercury spoke with four writers from Minneapolis, Boston, Washington, DC, and New York about the bike-share programs in their cities. EPI's Director of Research Janet Larsen spoke about DC's Capital Bikeshare program, the country's second-largest system. You can read more about bike-share programs around the U.S in our latest Plan B Update "Dozens of U.S. Cities Board the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon."