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Networked Intelligent Bicycles Are Transforming Urban Riding

Networked Intelligent Bicycles Are Transforming Urban Riding | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The world’s first open source piece of hardware was the bicycle, according to the Open Source Hardware Association. To be more precise, it was the draisine, introduced as a two-wheeled human-propelled walking machine in 1817.

Technologists of the day added things like pedals, chains and rubber tires, as the bicycle became one of the world’s most widely used and loved machines. Nearly two centuries and a couple billion bicycles later, entrepreneurs are applying computer controls, GPS and wireless connectivity to bikes to help save the world’s cities from automobile gridlock...


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Austerity vs. Public Transportation

Austerity vs. Public Transportation | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Barcelona’s Bicing bike sharing program is one of the world’s most successful and famous programs. Started in 2007, it uses a membership system that allows anyone with Barcelona residency, for a small yearly fee, to use the bright red and white bikes distributed throughout the city. This makes a huge difference to the population of one of the world’s most tourist-heavy cities, and offers its 150,000 local memberss an easy way to get around the city. But this month, the state of Catalonia has decided to dramatically hike fees for Bicing, more than doubling the cost for membership. When pressed on the issue, government representatives said that if people don’t like it, they should buy their own bike.


Austerity politics always come down hard on public transit, and these cuts come down hardest on forms of transportation (bike shares, walking, etc.) that have neither powerful lobbies nor massive industries. In the US, the Federal Government’s Surface Transportation Fund only gave a measly 2% of its budget to biking and walking services, despite the fact that more and more people in America are preferring these methods of transportation. Only 2%, that is, until this summer, when the new spending bill de-funded many of these already under-funded programs, leaving struggling states, forced to balance their budgets, to go their own with the most sustainable, practical and cheap public transit projects. Unsurprisingly, many of these programs are losing out.


hat can people do to fight for these public transit institutions? With Bicing, people are organizing a petition as well as a protest campaign to fight these cuts and try and save the program. But it has become clear we will need to see solutions that go beyond both government funding and private investment schemes.


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By Willie Osterweil

03 Dec 2012

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State-mandated planning, higher resident wealth linked to more sustainable city transportation

Transportation practices tend to be more environmentally friendly in wealthier metropolitan areas located within states that mandate comprehensive planning, new research suggests.


Ohio State University scientist Anna McCreery analyzed the effects on what she calls transportation ecoefficiency, which is an index of four scores: percentage of commuters driving alone to work (fewer is better), percentage of residents taking public transit and percentage walking or riding a bicycle to work (more of both of these is better); and population density (more people per square mile reduces driving distances). (...)


"For alternative transportation options like public transportation or infrastructure for walking and cycling to get funding, they have to fight a little harder. That's why they're alternative. The norm is using a car," McCreery said.

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The Emergent Clustering of America’s Top 50 Bicycling Cities

The Emergent Clustering of America’s Top 50 Bicycling Cities | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Bicycling Magazine has once again released its bi-annual ranking of America’s top bicycling cities. Highlights include Portland reclaiming the top spot from Minneapolis, Miami jumping an impressive 10 spots to #34 (was top 3 worst in 2008), and the introduction of Tulsa as #50.

 


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California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
The state is relying on cities to figure out how to cut emissions in their region. Will it work?
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Can we bypass global gridlock?

Can we bypass global gridlock? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Forget jet-packs experts say that car-share schemes and electronically governed 'smart autos' are the answers to ever-increasing city congestion...


In an effort to map out the implications of such growth, the Guardian, in association with Ford, assembled a panel and audience of experts to discuss the future of sustainable transport. The seminar was streamed live on the internet so remote viewers could follow the discussion.


The panel discussed a number of questions, such as: can society possibly function with so many people driving so many cars?; is global gridlock inevitable?; will the transport of basic items such as food and medicine become a fraught and unpredictable challenge? Audience members were invited to participate in the discussion and ask the panel questions of their own.  (...)


Sylvain Haon, secretary general of Polis, a network for European local authorities focusing on transport policy, noted, the use of cars in cities may already have peaked. Researchers have measured drops in journeys over the past decade in several European cities such as London, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich. The same trend is evident in Australian cities and even in the US, with Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco showing declines from very high levels of car use in the mid-1990s.


In the case of London at least, the change has come about partly through improved alternatives and partly through policies that make urban driving even less inviting than it might otherwise be. As the seminar heard, putting control of city transport under a single authority was vital, allowing the funds from congestion charging to be ploughed into alternatives to the car.


The resulting increases in walking and cycling also promise health benefits beyond better roads and cleaner air. Robin Stott, an audience member, cited medical studies that predict the world will contain a billion obese people by 2030 – a trend that might be countered by just a little more exercise.

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Bicycle Superhighway in the city of Copenhagen

Bicycle Superhighway in the city of Copenhagen | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

As the Times reports, the city of Copenhagen has launched the first of 26 planned suburban commuter arteries built exclusively for bicycles: long, well-paved, carefully maintained bike paths to link its suburbs with the inner city, up to 14 miles long and requiring the cooperation of 21 separate municipal governments.


These are the numbers the Times reports. Remarkably, the story makes no mention of the extraordinary figure for cycling’s modal share in Copenhagen, so I will: fully 37 percent of Copenhagen residents — and 55 percent of downtown dwellers — use bikes as their primary mode of transportation.


Read more -> Three reasons why Copenhagen is the world leader in urban sustainability


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Pedal-Powered Green Force Juices!

Pedal-Powered Green Juice bar serves all those around Boston.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/550167339/pedal-powered-green-force-juices

Pedal-Powered Green Juice bar serves all those around Boston. Locally farmed wheatgrass, sprouts, etc

  Launched: Apr 30, 2012 Funding ended: Jun 5, 2012 Remind Me

Well it all starts from a tiny seed…

 

Wheatgrass. Did you know that 2oz of fresh wheatgrass juice is equivalent to the nutritional value of roughly 4lbs of organic green vegetables in vitamin and mineral content. Wheatgrass travels into the blood in about 20 minutes, causing you to be awake and alert for the entire day. No 3 pm crash and coffee run!  Well that's it, that's all I have to say!! Wait, do you want to try some?  What if on the way to work/school in the morning instead of grabbing a coffee, drink a 1oz shot of wheatgrass and see the difference. Green Force Juices is not just juicing wheatgrass, it is producing life force energy, powering like the sun! Wheatgrass is oxygen and hydrogen, as essential to the body as water.

Green Force Juices will be a pedal powered mobile juice bar practicing sustainable methods of offering healthy drinks to the Boston area. Green Force Juices will live by the idea of ‘mobile nature’, visiting schools, office buildings, and local parks. Green Force Juice Bar will be a "zero-waste" operation. Everything that is produced by Green Force Juices will be collected on board and then brought to Metro Pedal Power’s compost and recycling center.  Green Force Juices does not green wash and use terms that is does not stand for.  It’s mobility, compostability, sustainability and drinkability are just some of it’s values. It's more then just being organic, local and fair trade. There is no waste in nature and there is no waste on board. Green as in the true color of wheatgrass and force as in the life force and high frequency of living plant based superfoods.

Lets jump start the Juice revolution together!

Have a sneak peak at the menu below. 

Ultimate Green drink: celery, cucumber, sunflower sprouts

Size: 12oz


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