This week my focus is on transportation blogs. I like to make a big deal out of the fact that I bike to work. But, there’s also a metrocard in my pocket. Ditto a zipcar membership card. Truthfully, everyone benefits from a variety of transportation alternatives, just as everyone will benefit from continued innovation in the sector. Things are by no means perfect. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. Luckily, there are a lot of great blogs on which to read all about those efforts. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at our maps, remember our transfers and enjoy this brief tour through some of the best transportation blogs I’ve seen lately.
The Transport Politic is a great resource if, like me, you’re a big transit nerd. It’s probably also enjoyable if you’re not. (But, how would I know?) The site is a great resource for what’s coming in the world of mass transportation, but also a great place to discover what’s already in place. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories surrounding transit policy. Anything to do with government funding and infrastructure might also work. Check out the full review here.
I particularly like the blog Bike Commuters, because I am one. That’s how I get to work. It’s how I get most places. This blog is a great resource for all the products and know-how any bike commuter (or aspiring bike commuter) could ever need. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories surrounding bike commuting. Products and gear related to biking would probably work, too. Check out the full review here.
The Transit Wire is a blog dedicated to bringing information on transportation projects throughout the world. One great thing about this blog is that they don’t necessarily espouse any particular opinions. Rather, they provide information, and they provide a great deal of it. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories on mass transportation systems and, specifically, the user experience therein. Check out the full review here.
Human Transit is a personal blog written by a bona fide transit professional. This isn’t about forcing the reader to share his values, however. This is about providing perspective and clarity on a pretty vital issue. All of this is done by citing various examples and case studies from all around the world. And it is done well. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories around specific transit plans. Stories that highlight how transportation affects city life would probably also work. Check out the full review here.
Half Mile Circles refers to the distance most people are willing to walk before opting for an automobile. This blog maintains that cities and the people who plan them ought to put as much important and cool stuff in that radius as possible. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with transportation in urban settings. Stories surrounding the medical benefits of walking might also work. Check out the full review here.
That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…
Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.