User: flenvcenter Topic: Transportation-Independent
Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: Bicycles
Last updated: Apr 24 2015 06:39 IST RSS 2.0
 
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The silly unintended consequences of mandatory helmet laws 23.4.2015 TreeHugger
Helmet laws appear to be more trouble than they are worth.
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Awesome: The number of cyclists in New York City has TRIPLED in the past 10 years! 23.4.2015 TreeHugger
New Amsterdam, again?
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The NSA's Earth Day Mascot Will Scare You Into Recycling 22.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans throw a lot of trash away -- about 4.4 pounds per person every day. But the National Security Agency has a simple solution for our planet-killing ways: scare us into submission. The agency rolled out a new Earth Day mascot named "Dunk" this week. The living recycling bin looks a little like a blue Spongebob Squarepants with traumatized eyes, and it's been called " creepy ," " disturbing " and " terrifying ." Here's what he looks like: #EarthDay is this Wed. Meet Dunk, the NSA’s #Recycling Mascot & learn about our #green efforts. http://t.co/QdgRPbhDqh pic.twitter.com/LjNHf9QeR4 — NSA/CSS (@NSAGov) April 19, 2015 Despite the mascot's look somewhat unusual look, the NSA actually had a good reason to create Dunk. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that around 75 percent of all waste is recyclable, but less than a third is actually recycled. States like Florida have taken this pathetic statistic to heart, pledging to recycle or compost three-fourths of all trash by 2020 , but others are ...
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The Top 10 Greenest Cities In America 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Big city life doesn't have to mean overwhelming smog and environmental anguish. In fact, according to a new study by NerdWallet.com , those seeking a greener lifestyle have several great options to choose from. NerdWallet gathered statistics from the 150 largest cities in America to determine which are the most environmentally friendly. The analysis was based on environmental quality, methods of transportation, sources of energy and housing density. Honolulu, Hawaii, with its excellent air quality and extensive adoption of solar technology , topped the list. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12 percent of the households on the island of Oahu have rooftop solar panels . The national average, 0.5 percent of households according to the Solar Electric Power Association, pales in comparison. New York City's high public transportation usage earned it the No. 6 spot on the list, with 56 percent of commuters using its vast public transit network. Population and residential density worked ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Nestle Has Been Pumping Water Out of California Without a Permit for 25 Years, and More 21.4.2015 Truthout.com
In today's On the News segment: Nestlé has been pumping water out of California without a permit for the last 25 years; an increase in illness is another effect of our environmental destruction; 25,000 Canadians marched through Quebec City earlier this month to demand an end to tar sands development and more action on climate change; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of ... Science and Green news ... You need to know this. If the warming temperatures and super storms don't kill us, we still must survive the onslaught of deadly illnesses that will become more common on a hotter planet. According to a recent piece in Mother Jones Magazine, California's drought has led to a massive increase in West Nile virus cases. And, that's not the only illness that prefers warmer weather. Earlier this month, a 20-year old woman died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba that's normally found in hot springs and under-chlorinated pools. Both of these illnesses survive and spread more ...
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Why helmet laws and glow-in-the-dark paint just show who really owns the road 15.4.2015 TreeHugger
Eben Weiss just nails it in a brilliant Washington Post article.
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Success! 2,000 cyclists participate in 5th annual Tour de State Island (video) 14.4.2015 TreeHugger
If you are around NYC, don't miss the next bike tours (in June, July, and September).
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More reasons why twenty is plenty (or 30 is enough for metric types) 9.4.2015 TreeHugger
Turns out that there is a "perception angle" that means you see a lot less of what's around you at higher speeds.
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Parents want to reduce their car use, so let's invest in alternatives 7.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
There's a popular belief that parents chauffeur their young children everywhere. And certainly parents have many reasons for preferring cars over other modes of transportation: Children get easily tired. Parents need to pack things like food, diapers, etc. Parents want to keep their children comfortable and safe. Parents have busy and complicated schedules and taking the car can be quick and convenient. However, research I published last week provided some surprising findings. In 2011-2012, Sylvia Parusel and I conducted interviews with 52 parents of young children (12 or younger) in four diverse areas of Vancouver -- Downtown, Dunbar-Southlands, Sunset and Grandview-Woodland. We wanted to know how parents use the car in their daily ...
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Believe It or Not, Seattle Just Got Even Crunchier 7.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Long considered one of the greenest places in America, The Emerald City recently ramped up its commitment to a clean environment by introducing a new bike share program. Dubbed Pronto Cycle Share, it's a private-public effort aimed at reducing traffic congestion, cutting greenhouse gasses and adding yet another option to Seattle's already rich transportation mix. Even before Pronto, Seattle was tied with San Francisco and Portland for first place as the greenest city in the U.S. Now, with Pronto up and rolling, Seattle has enhanced its reputation as a place where people can breathe a little easier. Pronto launched in October with 50 stations and 500 bicycles. It's set up to make bicycle travel accessible to as many people as possible. Frequent users can buy a year's membership while casual riders and out-of-town visitors can get a three-day or 24-hour pass right at the kiosk. The kiosks where the bikes are available are strategically placed around town, including at locations just a few blocks from all ...
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How Thoughtful Street Design Is Helping Communities and the Economy 27.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this week the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, released a new report analyzing street improvements in 37 neighborhoods across the country and finding that streets re-designed with all users in mind -- pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles -- generally delivered positive results in the form of measurable increases in safety, non-polluting forms of transportation, and economic benefits. The study examined projects that had before-and-after data from transportation and economic development agencies, spread across 31 cities in 18 states. In a blog post , Smart Growth America staffer Stefanie Seskin highlighted five particular findings from the report: Streets were usually safer: Automobile collisions declined in 70 percent of projects, and injuries declined in 56 percent of projects. This safety has financial value: Looking only within the sample, Complete Streets improvements collectively averted18.1 million in total ...
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A Day in the Life of America’s Most Walkable Suburb 26.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Here's How A Group Of Activists Is Using Balloons To Keep Tabs On The Environment 24.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An idea sparked in the aftermath of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history gave way to a community dedicated to democratizing environmental activism worldwide. Shortly after BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010 , environmental activists working on the Louisiana coastline were concerned that news on the disastrous spill would not be widely broadcast. Furthermore, they questioned whether information that did come out would be accurate or trustworthy. To combat the problem, a group of activists and researchers partnered with the environmental justice group Louisiana Bucket Brigade . Together, they used a crowd-sourced crisis mapping tool that would allow individuals living near the Gulf to report what they were observing. Activist Shannon Dosemagen helped organize citizen trainings in New Orleans’ City Park. There, residents concerned about the spill gathered to learn how to monitor the coastline using do-it-yourself rigs of digital cameras connected to large balloons or kites -- ...
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Scientists Convert Packing Peanuts Into Better Battery Parts 24.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Packing peanuts are great at protecting valuables, but what in the heck do you do with them once they've done their job? "Although packing peanuts are used worldwide as a perfect solution for shipping, they are notoriously difficult to break down, and only about 10 percent are recycled," Dr. Vilas Pol, an associate professor of chemical and materials engineering at Purdue University, said in a written statement. But Pol and his team of researchers came up with an ingenious idea: use the squishy peanuts to make a key component for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries . The idea came to the scientists when they received a shipment of new laboratory equipment, and wondered if they could do anything "useful" with the leftover packing materials . The researchers heated the packing peanuts to between 500 and 900 degrees Celsius, and voila! The two types of peanuts--some made from polystyrene and others from starch--were converted into carbon nanoparticles and thin carbon sheets. The team was then able to use ...
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How transit & bikes paid for my home 16.3.2015 TreeHugger
I've said it many times, and I’ll say it again: one of the best practical decisions I’ve made in my life was ditching the car.
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Everything you need to know about biking is in The Urban Cycling Survival Guide (Book Review) 13.3.2015 TreeHugger
Yvonne Bambrick covers it all in a terrific little book.
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Artificial Photosynthesis Could Soon Be Key To Widespread Adoption Of Renweables 11.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Solar and wind power have one thing in common besides being renewable: When the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, they don’t generate electricity. But artificial photosynthesis may someday help change that. Battery storage is being developed as a way to feed renewable power onto the power grid regardless of the weather or the time of day, to lessen reliance on carbon-emitting fossil fuels. But some scientists are looking to plants and trees for another solution — using a man-made leaf that can turn solar energy into fuel in the form of liquid sugars or carbohydrates. In nature, plants use energy from the sun and convert it into chemical energy to be used later. Scientists at Caltech think they have discovered a missing link in the development of an artificial version of that process, according to a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “There are a lot of things we should be doing today that if we really wanted to lower carbon emissions we’d do ...
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Could smart locks empower informal cargo bike (or ELF) sharing? 10.3.2015 TreeHugger
At first this smart lock seemed like gimmicky over engineering. Then I got thinking about the possibilities.
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Why is Ford making e-bikes? 5.3.2015 TreeHugger
They make cars. And you'll notice, these e-bikes are sitting in front of cars. Ford cars. So what's this company up to? Possibly just prototype PR.
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The Helix may be the world's smallest, lightest folding bike (Video) 27.2.2015 TreeHugger
Folding bikes are usually heavy and ride funny due to their smaller wheels. This lightweight but strong folding bike prototype uses helical hinges to help it fold down to almost the size of the full-sized wheels.
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