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Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: Bicycles
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Bike Share Is Growing Up 26.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In just four years, bike share has gone from being the fantasy of a few enthusiasts to a practical and low-cost way for tens of thousands of people in American cities, both large and small, to get around. While some cities have created their own bike share systems, many have partnered with Alta Bicycle Share, a company based out of Portland, Oregon. Alta runs bike share systems in New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago and Chattanooga, really inventing these systems as they go. Like many start-ups, Alta Bicycle Share has never turned a profit and has also gotten blasted in the press for hiccups in the roll-out of its services ( see the ongoing complaints with CitiBike in NYC ). But Alta Bicycle Share was recently acquired by outside investors , and Jay Walder, the former head of the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), will soon become the new CEO. According to Alta Bike Share founder Mia Birk, who spoke at Washington Ideas Forum, an event organized by The Atltantic and the Aspen ...
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SkySMART could be a pedal powered game-changing personal rapid transit system 25.11.2014 TreeHugger
Remember the Shweeb? Canadian investors want to make it a reality.
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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Walking is Going Places: Foot Power, Happiness, and the Common Good 21.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Trying to travel in a city? Biking is the best (or at least most energy-efficient) mode 13.11.2014 TreeHugger
Bikes are superior transportation - emissions free and make you feel good. They are also the most energy-efficient transport around.
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Organic Transit ELF velomobile now with two-seater option 12.11.2014 TreeHugger
They are dubbed "the most efficient vehicles on the planet". And they just got more practical.
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First Solar Panel Bike Path Planned in Amsterdam 10.11.2014 Environmental News Network
As one of the biking capitals of the world, Amsterdam can already make a case for being a leader in the green movement. The city is not resting on its laurels, however. Now, biking around the city is getting even greener than just being car-free: a bike path in the suburbs of Amsterdam is getting a major solar makeover.
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The latest in multi-modal transportation: The Belt Scooter 7.11.2014 TreeHugger
Hold on to your pants as we show you how to solve the last mile problem.
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Baby Boomers Advocate for Sustainable Communities, Too 5.11.2014 Environmental News Network
If we are to believe much of what we see in the press, millennials will have to make a more sustainable world to get us out of the mess that the baby boomers are leaving behind. But such generalities may not be necessarily true. Even AARP, which has paid plenty of attention to the baby boomer vs. millennials conflict, has made the case that its membership is concerned about the same issues with which the younger generation is often preoccupied. For example, one may not intuitively think of AARP as a locus of information on smart cities and better urban planning. This powerful lobbying group, however, has an impressive archive that inspires its members to advocate for more “liveable communities.”
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There's Been A Rise In Bike Fatalities, But That's Not The Whole Story 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A report released Monday by the Governors Highway Safety Association stated the number of bike fatalities in the U.S. increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012. Yet despite the uptick in cyclist deaths -- fatalities went from 621 in 2010 to 680 in 2011 and reached 722 in 2012, according to the report -- active transit advocates argue that in larger context, biking in the U.S. is actually getting safer in terms of fatalities as it becomes more and more popular. As the cycling community blog Bike Portland notes, the report " [assesses] the risk of biking by tallying the number of times somebody died, rather than considering the probability that somebody would die ." The report and its author, Dr. Allan Williams, acknowledge the catch. Williams, a former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, told NPR on Monday that the main reason for the increase in cycling fatalities was simple: More people are biking . The longstanding challenge to adding such context to numbers like the GHSA's ...
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The Small Item That's Changing Rides For Cyclists Everywhere 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s been three years since a driver plowed into Megan Odett and her one-year-old son in a Washington, D.C. street, and even now, she can’t fully straighten her leg. “They never caught the person who left me lying in the crosswalk, curled up around my son,” Odett, 35, told The Huffington Post by phone last week. The three witnesses to the crash couldn’t agree on the driver’s license plate number, so no one was ever prosecuted. Though Odett was on foot when she was hit, she normally travels with her children on a 100-pound cargo bike. After several close calls cycling, the crosswalk crash was the final straw that prompted her to wear a GoPro camera on her rides. “I didn’t have any faith if that were to happen to me again, the person responsible would be brought to justice and kept off the road,” said Odette, the force behind Kidical Mass D.C., a group that promotes safe family biking . Odette is just one of many cyclists turning to a "black box:" an impact-resistant, mountable camera that records footage ...
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The best bicycle infrastructure cartoon I've ever seen 18.10.2014 TreeHugger
Horrible bike infrastructure is a bitter joke to bicyclists in a many a jurisdiction. Thanks to Steve Patrick Adams for highlighting the absurdity of this in a way the average person can understand in the cartoon above.
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Bring Home Best-in-the-World Ideas to Make Sure Your City Thrives 13.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Floating billion dollar bike lane proposed for the Thames River in London 10.10.2014 TreeHugger
Dead in the water, pie in the sky, or serious proposal?
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Why U.S. women don't bike: blame it on the childcare and the chores 7.10.2014 TreeHugger
We at TreeHugger have written before on the possible reasons city biking is still predominantly male. But now the Dutch tell us what we already guessed: it's kitchen drudgery keeping us from our bicycles.
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America's 'Most Infamous Car Town' Rethinks Transportation 7.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following story was reported by Capital and Main and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. Sign up here for email updates from Capital & Main. Seleta Reynolds, Los Angeles’ new chief of transportation, wants to help break L.A.’s dependence on cars. She believes that bikes are key to doing it. New York City, the Bay Area and other metropolises have already begun to show that a mixed transportation network with a central role for bicycles can be achieved in America. But can bikes prosper in the most infamous car town in the world? Before being hired by Mayor Eric Garcetti this summer, Reynolds helped lead San Francisco’s Livable Streets office in that city’s transportation agency. She sees a bit of L.A.’s future in San Francisco’s present. “In San Francisco, people are truly multimodal,” she told Capital & Main . “They take taxis, they take Uber and Lyft. They ride their bikes, they take a bike-share. They take the ferry, they ride the bus, they take the Muni Metro. Sometimes they ...
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Cardboard panniers make it safer and easier to do normal stuff on a bike 1.10.2014 TreeHugger
Now this is clever: architects design cheap folding carriers to make everyday tasks better on a bike.
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Agenda 21 Update: The battle in the bike lanes 1.10.2014 TreeHugger
It's the election cycle, and Agenda 21 has become an issue.
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How a decaying Swedish city became an eco-friendly hub 1.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Malmö has embraced smart tech, green roofs and car-sharing — and produces 30 percent of its energy via renewables.

How a decaying Swedish city became an eco-friendly hub
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