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Roadside Land Offers Huge Carbon Storage Potential

Roadside Land Offers Huge Carbon Storage Potential | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Roadside shrubbery and grass soak up a lot of carbon, and with better management it could soak up a lot more.
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Road edges can be seen as something other than an weedy zone that spreads negative impacts and invaders.

 

Interesting idea.

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These Are the Streets You Want to Avoid When You're Riding Your Bike

These Are the Streets You Want to Avoid When You're Riding Your Bike | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Whether you're a commuter or a leisure rider, when you head out on your bicycle you want to be safe. That could mean wearing a helmet, making sure your bike's tuned up, or avoiding the streets where the most bicycle crashes happen. That last part just got a little easier, thanks to these data-derived maps by You Are Here.
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New carpool lane on northbound 405 finally set to open

New carpool lane on northbound 405 finally set to open | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

After countless delays, cost overruns, gridlock gripes from Tesla's Elon Musk and a phenomenon known as "Carmageddon," officials Friday will finally unveil on the 405 Freeway the nation's longest continuous carpool lane.

PIRatE Lab's insight:

Wow...it only took a billion dollars, a decade of active planning/construction (on top of our twenty previous years of discussions), unions screaming for the "high paying jobs" the construction would provide, beyond aggravated motorists, etc., etc.

 

Who says we can't do overpriced, car-centric, gasoline-centric, dated-before-it-launches transportation planning?

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Transportation and Planning

"When you combine a street and a road, you get a STROAD, one of the most dangerous and unproductive human environments. To get more for our transportation dollar, America needs an active policy of converting STROADs to productive streets or high capacity roadways."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 8, 2014 2:52 PM

In this video, a road provides high connectivity between places, and a street is a diverse platform of social interactions that create a place.  A 'stroad' can be likened unto a spork--it tries to do it everything but does nothing especially well.  While you may debate the principle being shown, this video (found on Atlantic Cities) is a good way to show the spatial thinking that city planners need to utilize to improve the urban environment. 


Tagstransportation, urban, planning.

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:03 AM

the danger of stroads

François Lanthier's curator insight, January 31, 2014 2:19 PM

The Stroad - an unfortunate phenomenon... NYC is taking action to minimize its' STROADS... more cities should do the same.

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Freakonomics » Parking Is Hell

Freakonomics » Parking Is Hell | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

"The episode begins with Stephen Dubner talking to parking guru Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at UCLA and author of the landmark book The High Cost of Free Parking. In a famous Times op-ed, Shoup argued that as much as one-third of urban congestion is caused by people cruising for curb parking. But, as Shoup tells Dubner, there ain’t no such thing as a free parking spot."


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PIRatE Lab's insight:

Everyone searching for a parking space has at one time felt that there are not enough spaces where and when you need them...did you know that their are at least 3 surface lot parking spaces for every car in the United States (not including garages, driveways, etc)?  With 250 million passenger vehicles for 316 million people, that means there are 800 million surface lot parking spaces (that account for only 60-70% of our parking needs).  Parking then is a much bigger issue that we want to believe; this is one of the reasons why IKEA is starting to rethinking their construction model that historically has been designed around huge parking lots.   


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 23, 2014 10:01 AM

Everyone searching for a parking space has at one time felt that there are not enough spaces where and when you need them...did you know that their are at least 3 surface lot parking spaces for every car in the United States (not including garages, driveways, etc)?  With 250 million passenger vehicles for 316 million people, that means there are 800 million surface lot parking spaces (that account for only 60-70% of our parking needs).  Parking then is a much bigger issue that we want to believe; this is one of the reasons why IKEA is starting to rethinking their construction model that historically has been designed around huge parking lots.   


Tags: urban, urban ecology, transportation, planning.

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Solar FREAKIN' Roadways! - YouTube

SustaiVideo by Michael Naphan It's the roadway of the future! Feel inspired? Help us bring this project to the next step: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-...

PIRatE Lab's insight:

I've seen this idea before, but it looks like with a little creative marketing and an entertaining video many more folks are finally checking out the idea.  The possibilities are (almost) limitless.  

 

Normally I am someone who worries about the harm roadways can cause.  Here we have an example of how a liability can become an asset.

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Making Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard a haven for pedestrians

Making Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard a haven for pedestrians | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
From the very beginning, Colorado Boulevard was all about the car.
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If we can do this in car-crazed Los Angeles, folks can do this anywhere.  More walkable, livable streets.

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What Are Traffic Waves and Why Do They Happen So Much?

What Are Traffic Waves and Why Do They Happen So Much? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By Lewis Lehe and Matthew Green Who doesn't love sitting in traffic? Especially when there's no apparent reason for it: no crashes, no tolls, no flaming
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Why congested freeways are not that efficient and cause the freakish "eveybody stops, but there is no accident" situation that drives everyone insane.

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