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In Denmark, Pedaling to Work on a Superhighway

In Denmark, Pedaling to Work on a Superhighway | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Denmark, already a cycling nation, is trying to encourage commuting to Copenhagen by bicycle by opening what it calls cycle superhighways.
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In April 2012, the first leg of a 26-route bicycle superhighway opened in Copenhagen. It’s designed with clever features such as lights that are timed to suit the travel patterns of cyclists during rush hour, garbage cans tilted at the right angle for bikers and solar-powered lights enhance the cycling experience and reduce environmental impact. In response to the new infrastructure, innovative local concepts such as a “bicycle school bus” for children commuting to class have been developed.

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Bringing Penn Station into the 21st century | SmartPlanet

Bringing Penn Station into the 21st century | SmartPlanet | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Architecture, engineering and urban-planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has released its plans to give the century-old station a d
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Cycling in the US from a Dutch Perspective

Cycling in the US from a Dutch Perspective | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
At first I was mad, but then I kept watching.
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The perspectives he holds on bike attire and attitude of bikers in the US versus in The Netherlands are particularly interesting.

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Capital Metro gives sneak peek of new MetroRapid buses

Capital Metro gives sneak peek of new MetroRapid buses | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Capital Metro unveiled its sleek new 60-foot accordion-style buses that will operate on the first route of its MetroRapid line throughout Austin.
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Great to see Bus Rapid Transit catching on in the U.S..

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This Amazing Road Could Replace the Power Grid

This Amazing Road Could Replace the Power Grid | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
There are around 2.6 million miles of paved roads in the United States, and more than 11 million miles worldwide. What if they could be put to use generating electricity, through solar panels?
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In Denmark, Pedaling to Work on a Superhighway

In Denmark, Pedaling to Work on a Superhighway | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Denmark, already a cycling nation, is trying to encourage commuting to Copenhagen by bicycle by opening what it calls cycle superhighways.
Renew Cities's insight:

In April 2012, the first leg of a 26-route bicycle superhighway opened in Copenhagen. It’s designed with clever features such as lights that are timed to suit the travel patterns of cyclists during rush hour, garbage cans tilted at the right angle for bikers and solar-powered lights enhance the cycling experience and reduce environmental impact. In response to the new infrastructure, innovative local concepts such as a “bicycle school bus” for children commuting to class have been developed.

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Poynton Regenerated: Shared Space Streetscape Redesign

Poynton Regenerated: Shared Space Streetscape Redesign | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
A community in decline, divided by decades of anti-social traffic engineering, is reunited and revitalised by streetscape redesign.
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Toronto company paying employees more to bike to work

Toronto company paying employees more to bike to work | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
You could call it biking for bucks. Increasingly, Torontonians want to incorporate cycling into their work lives — and some companies are now paying people to do just that.
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A free ticket to ride

A free ticket to ride | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Imagine if you got on the bus, Tube, train or tram this morning without paying. Imagine if you could travel into town, day in and day out, without ever paying a penny.
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Calling on Fans of Transit: Get in the Game | Rob Perks's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Calling on Fans of Transit: Get in the Game | Rob Perks's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
As someone who commutes to work on the Metro, I'm a big fan of public transportation. The other day, as I was persusing the sports section of the Washington Post, I came across a great story about a super fan.
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5 Reasons Germans Ride 5 Times More Mass Transit Than Americans

5 Reasons Germans Ride 5 Times More Mass Transit Than Americans | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Restrictions on driving is the biggest factor, experts argue in a new study.
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Tell the Columbus City Council: Don't Disrupt the Downtown Bus Routes

Tell the Columbus City Council: Don't Disrupt the Downtown Bus Routes | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
The City of Columbus, Ohio wants to add parking spaces in the city. This will disrupt the dedicated bus lane in parts of the city. Here's a petition calling on the City of Columbus and COTA to not disrupt COTA bus service by closing down the bus lane for parking spaces.
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Locations of Bike-Share Stations Unveiled by City

Locations of Bike-Share Stations Unveiled by City | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Every few blocks throughout Midtown and Lower Manhattan, and in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, New Yorkers will have access to a new alternative for public travel.
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Freeways Without Futures | Congress for the New Urbanism

Freeways Without Futures | Congress for the New Urbanism | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it

The “Freeways Without Futures” list recognizes the top-ten locations in North America where the opportunity is greatest to stimulate valuable revitalization by replacing aging urban highways with boulevards and other cost-saving urban alternatives. The list was generated from an open call for nominations and prioritized based on factors including the age of the structure, redevelopment potential, potential cost savings, ability to improve both overall mobility and local access, existence of pending infrastructure decisions, and local support.

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The Commute You Always Wanted

The Commute You Always Wanted | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
I know you're busy. I know if it were up to you you'd be in some eclectic gallery right now taking in all the art. But there simply aren't enough hours in the day to for you to fulfill your craving...
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I lived in Daegu, South Korea for three years and found the clean, punctual and (usually) climate controlled subway lines a joy to ride. Lately they've gotten 'artsy' with their subway cars as well...

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New 15th Street lane shifts downtown Denver bike traffic to the left

New 15th Street lane shifts downtown Denver bike traffic to the left | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
A dedicated bike lane will open along 15th Street in downtown Denver on Thursday, pushing all non-motorized two-wheeled traffic to the left side of the busy cross-town route.
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The left side bike lane may take a little getting used to here in Downtown Denver, but it's ultimate goal is to make the ride safer for cyclists.

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Seoul's New 2030 Transportation Vision

Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the Seoul Transportation Vision 2030, a long-term vision for the overall transportation sector, including public transportation, roads, pedestrian paths, and urban railroad network.
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LeBlanc: Bike train helps get Austin kids to school safely

LeBlanc: Bike train helps get Austin kids to school safely | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Several times a week, 8-year-old Miriam Houston rolls her bicycle down the driveway and climbs aboard for the 15-minute trip to school.
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Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible

Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
50 years ago, experts predicted automobiles would drain the life from urban areas. Their predictions are coming true.
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BikePortland.org » Blog Archive » Portland bike move breaks record, gets national attention

BikePortland.org » Blog Archive » Portland bike move breaks record, gets national attention | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
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"Portland resident Steph Routh and her partner Ed Groth conjured up a record 70 people for their bike move from inner northeast Portland to the Lents neighborhood."

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LOOK: LA's Old Transit System Was Bigger Than NYC's Today

LOOK: LA's Old Transit System Was Bigger Than NYC's Today | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Los Angeles used to have a public transit system that covered about 25 percent more track mileage than New York City's current subway system.
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Gondolas in Austin: creative transportation ideas emerge - Austin Business Journal

Gondolas in Austin: creative transportation ideas emerge - Austin Business Journal | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
"What if Austinites rode gondolas to work?

Admittedly, the question sounds a little far fetched, said Frog Design Inc.'s Michael McDaniel.

But it, and other questions like it, should be explored as Austin develops a comprehensive transit system to carry the city into coming decades."

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Cardboard bicycle can change the world, says Israeli inventor

MOSHAV AHITUV, Israel, Oct 15 (Reuters) - A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world's most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa, its Israeli inventor says.

Izhar Gafni, 50, told Reuters during a recent demonstration that after much trial and error, his latest prototype has now proven itself and mass production will begin in a few months. Once ready for production, the bicycle will include no metal parts, even the brake mechanism and the wheel and pedal bearings will be made of recycled substances, although Gafni said he could not yet reveal those details due to pending patent issues.
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Chicago Unveils Its Ambitious Pedestrian Safety Plan | Streetsblog Capitol Hill

Chicago Unveils Its Ambitious Pedestrian Safety Plan | Streetsblog Capitol Hill | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
"Yesterday, the city of Chicago rolled out a sweeping new plan for pedestrian safety [PDF]. With some 250 recommendations — including traffic-calming measures like pedestrian islands, chicanes and midblock curb bumpouts — Chicago joins cities like New York and Portland in formalizing a plan to meet targets for reducing pedestrian injuries and deaths."
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Austin adds 10 miles to proposed urban rail system

Austin adds 10 miles to proposed urban rail system | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it
Austin's urban rail plan is growing tentacles. With a potential November public vote on a first segment of a downtown-centric, electric-powered rail system, City of Austin transportation planners have added about 10 miles to the 16.
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Getting on the Right Track: Real-World Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation | TheCityFix

Getting on the Right Track: Real-World Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation | TheCityFix | Renew Cities: Transportation Solutions | Scoop.it

“Transit is the best mitigation strategy for climate change,” said Projjal Dutta from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to start his discussion on how the agency is adapting to recurring, extreme weather events, during a recent Federal Transit Aministration workshop in Arlington, Va.

 

Though national-level rhetoric may be inconsistent on the topic, the reality is that transit agencies are on the front line of extreme weather events. Preparing for these increasingly more common events has become part of regular planning efforts for municipal agencies.


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