User: flenvcenter Topic: Transportation-Independent
Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: Bicycles
Last updated: Mar 27 2015 18:40 IST RSS 2.0
 
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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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Copenhagen's GoBike share program is collapsing 24.2.2015 TreeHugger
We saw this one coming.
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When bus drivers strike, air pollution plummets (so what's the lesson?) 16.2.2015 TreeHugger
London's recent bus strike has shown just how much air pollution buses cause, giving us one more incentive to invest in 21st century transit.
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Duetta: Shared two-person bike weighs and costs less than a tandem (Video) 14.2.2015 TreeHugger
Designed for safety and comfort, this sharing bike looks similar to a standard bike, allowing friends to easily hop on and off.
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In London, An Empty Underground Tunnel Could Become A Biker's Paradise 12.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If this idea becomes a reality, it could transform urban transport from the ground up. And it may be coming to London first. In a concept from the design firm Gensler , unused and empty subway tunnels would be converted into underground bike paths. The engineers want to deck out the tunnels with cutting-edge tech, more specifically with a floor that could light the tunnels by generating electricity from the footsteps of the people walking on it. To start with, the designers want to make their vision a reality in London's Tube, in an unused section of the Piccadilly Line and a piece of the Jubilee Line running from Green Park to Charing Cross. Underground bunkers left over from the Second World War could also be folded into Gensler's concept. The idea is not without its problems. While underground bike paths are a safer alternative to street traffic on the surface, underground air supply could prove problematic. And in case of an accident, emergency services could require considerably longer to arrive at ...
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We'll give you €10,000 if you swap that old diesel for a plug-in vehicle, says France govt 11.2.2015 TreeHugger
Helping people transition from the most polluting vehicles to the cleanest ones.
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Oil-Soaked Interest Groups Doing Their Best to Kill Mass Transit 5.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Alternative view of the future of the car at Detroit Auto Show 28.1.2015 TreeHugger
A designer's take on the car of the future; hint: it's a bike
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Cycling superhighways announced for London 28.1.2015 TreeHugger
Although they are under attack by the usual suspects.
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In London, they say "Cycling is now mass transport and must be treated as such" 27.1.2015 TreeHugger
New buildings, Like Foster's 250 City Road, have bike parking that reflects this "cultural shift."
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11 Reasons Why Transit, Bikes & Walking Are Moving Us To a Brighter Future 20.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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