User: flenvcenter Topic: Transportation-Independent
Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: Bicycles
Last updated: Sep 16 2014 05:49 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Biking or walking may be the secret to a happier life 15.9.2014 TreeHugger
A UK study finds that people who switch from driving to walking or cycling have better moods than other commuters.
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Ideas why 0 bikers have been killed on bike-sharing bikes 12.9.2014 TreeHugger
When Mike reported on the fact that there have been 23 million bike-sharing rides in the US since 2007 and 0 deaths, one of the first things I thought was, "How could that be?" A couple of ideas rather quickly popped into my head.
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It turns out that protected bike lanes speed traffic up while decreasing accidents 11.9.2014 TreeHugger
This article includes our favorite graph!
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Build It and Bikes Will Come 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Build It and Bikes Will Come 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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This New Bridge In Portland Was Built For Everyone... Except Cars 9.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. Like with craft breweries, beard trim joints, and bike-friendly apartment developments , ask a Portlander what their favorite bridge is in town and you’re sure to get a variety of very opinionated answers. Some might say the Hawthorne Bridge, an old-school truss (built in 1910, it’s the oldest vertical-lift bridge still in operation in the United States) with considerable bike traffic . Others might be particularly fond of the Broadway Bridge (1913), a classic drawbridge that’s been done up in international orange (aka “Golden Gate Red”) since the early 1960s. Some might be torn between the simple charms of another bascule beauty, the Burnside Bridge (1926), and the St. John Bridge (1931), a showy steel suspension bridge with can't miss 'em Gothic towers that rise above the Willamette River at the city's northern edge. Other Portland residents might be members of the Steel Bridge (1912) fan club. Although this unostentatious double-decker truss ...
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The ABCs of Making Streets Safe for Pedestrians 4.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 4,500 pedestrians (see my earlier blog post ) are killed by motor vehicles every year on the streets of America. This is not an inevitable fact of modern life. These deaths are preventable, as shown by the dramatic decline of pedestrian (as well as bicycle and motorist) fatalities in Sweden after they adopted the Vision Zero approach to traffic safety. The gravest danger to walkers and bicyclists as well as motorists is other motorists who drive dangerously. According to data collected by the New York City Department of Transportation from 2008-2012, "dangerous driver choices" contribute to pedestrian deaths in 70 percent of cases. As the old saying goes, speed kills. Two landmark studies , one from the US and one from the UK, found that pedestrians are killed: 5 percent of the time when struck by a car traveling 20 mph 37-45 percent of the time when struck by a car traveling 30 mph 83-85 percent of the time when struck by a car traveling 40 mph. In light of these findings, it's scary to ...
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Protestors Hold Candlelight Vigil For Hawaii's Solar Industry 29.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the sun set over downtown Honolulu on Monday, mourners gathered for an intimate candlelight vigil. The group -- concerned residents mingled with members of Hawaii's Sierra Club -- sang songs and passed around a "Get Well Soon" card as a single solar panel lay on a stretcher, "hooked up" to life support. Behind them stood the offices of the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the largest utility supplier in the state. The demonstrators were mourning solar power. Once heralded as a shining model for the rest of the country, Hawaii's solar industry has stalled because of HECO's strict regulations on installations, the protestors said. " We have a solar panel on a stretcher ... to represent how the industry is doing," Sierra Club member Caitlin Pomerantz told local news outlet KITV. "We know that solar has been struggling." One protestor, Will Walker, said he installed solar panels on his roof eight months ago. According to KITV, he " was told that HECO was looking into hooking them to the energy grid ," ...
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Lose weight fast with the transit diet 20.8.2014 TreeHugger
A new study finds that people who get out of their cars lose an average of seven pounds.
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Is Bike Sharing Really Climate Friendly? It's Complicated. 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central. In Oklahoma, where modern bike sharing began, they’re called Tulsa Townies . In New York, they’re CitiBikes . In Denver, bike sharing is called B-Cycle . In Washington, D.C., the program is Capital Bikeshare . These brightly colored bikes and their riders, often seen braving a gauntlet of impatient taxis, city buses and delivery trucks in dense urban areas, are nearly ubiquitous in these cities, granting commuters the freedom to leave their cars behind and get to their destination on their own schedule without having to walk far or take a bus or train. Though bike sharing in other forms has been around for decades, automated electronic bike sharing systems are a recent invention, and they're spreading quickly through the country's biggest cities. New York's CitiBike program, which began in May 2013, counted 8.7 million riders in its first year. Several things are nearly certain about these modern bike-sharing programs and the more than 25 others across ...
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A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About 19.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Mayor de Blasio's family promotes municipal composting 19.8.2014 TreeHugger
New York's First Family raves about the ease of organics recycling in a new video.
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Family of four to attempt breaking the World Record for longest electric bicycle journey 13.8.2014 TreeHugger
This couple is bringing their two young children on a 6000 mile electric bike tour this fall, promoting sustainable transportation and a healthier lifestyle, and filming a full-length documentary about their experiences along the way.
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The tiniest of tiny houses is built on a tricycle 12.8.2014 TreeHugger
Designed with the homeless in mind, the Housetrike could also be the perfect vehicle for the urban nomad.
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Why we REALLY need protected bike lanes in the countryside 11.8.2014 TreeHugger
Cities aren't the only places where bike infrastructure matters. In fact, it may matter more in the country.
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Why I hated driving in Helsinki (and love the city because of it) 7.8.2014 TreeHugger
Helsinki's plans to make car ownership obsolete. So what's it like to drive there?
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Taming the Wilderness 5.8.2014 Orion Magazine Articles
When the call of the wild is made to answer to the pressures of civilization.
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Danish Tourists say Canada needs parks, not parking lots, start media firestorm 5.8.2014 TreeHugger
They are horrified by the car culture, the air quality and the lack of bike infrastructure. Canadians are not amused.
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Why governments should invest in car sharing 30.7.2014 TreeHugger
The UK government is expanding its support for car sharing. That's a very good thing.
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10 ways to reduce (or reverse) your car's carbon skidmark 30.7.2014 TreeHugger
Cars spit out tons of pollution. Luckily there are many ways to reduce your emissions - we've summarized the top tips for you.
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