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Recession transport: bike sales overtake cars

Recession transport: bike sales overtake cars | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The European economic cycle appears to have taken on a new dimension - and it's round. Which countries have seen bike sales outpace those for cars?
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"Bike sales exceeded those for cars in all but 4 of the 23 European countries we looked at (those were Italy, Spain, Belgium and Ireland). The biggest gap was in the UK where in 2011, 1.3 million more new bikes were sold than new cars were registered. "

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Ideas coming down the track

Ideas coming down the track | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
COMPARED with other modes of transport, train technology might seem to be progressing as slowly as a suburban commuter service rattling its way from one station to...
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"[T]here is no shortage of new ideas, and they are steadily making their way out onto the rails. Better technologies are delivering everything from improved traction, braking and route-planning to sleek levitating trains designed to glide on air at an astounding 500kph (310mph). Energy-efficiency and safety are up, and derailments are down. There are schemes to transfer electrical energy from braking trains into local power grids, and even more radical plans for “moving platforms” that dock with high-speed trains.

For proponents of rail transport, such developments strengthen the political and economic case for favouring trains over roads or short-haul air travel. In 2011 a European Commission “roadmap” document on transport strategy called for a trebling of high-speed rail capacity in Europe, and further investment in urban networks, with the goal of halving the use of fossil-fuel-powered cars in cities within two decades. That seems optimistic. But high oil prices, clogged roads and rising demand for passenger and freight capacity have prompted widespread talk of a “rail renaissance” which will accelerate the adoption of new technologies."

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BBC World News - When will Berlin's ghost airport open?

BBC World News - When will Berlin's ghost airport open? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
A year on from when Berlin's new airport was due to open it is still far from take-off.
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More than 20 thousand items found troubling the brand-new Berlin airport, which is not even open yet

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