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Statens vegvesen - Butikk - YouTube

Se mer på www.vegvesen.no/delveien
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Norwegian Roads Directorate Ads - "Share the Road" campaign. Translattion: "70% of cyclists have experienced aggressive behaviour from motorists. We tested the same behaviour in a supermarket." Text at end: "Cyclists and motorists have equal rights on the road" via Copenhagenize.com
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Government Scientists Created Crude Oil from Algae in Mere Minutes

Government Scientists Created Crude Oil from Algae in Mere Minutes | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Be excited, Earthlings, because science has a surprise for you. Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have devised a way to turn algae into crude oil in less than an hour.
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Looks ike we are getting close to the promised land.. Can't help but be excited about the prospects of a future sans fossil fuels..

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Chinese Concept - The train that never stops at a station to pick-up passengers

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Pretty cool idea.. should be able to have a measuable impact on travel time, especially on busy routes. 

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THE MAN WHO LIVED ON HIS BIKE

I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad.


Via Damien COLLIGNON
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Anyone see this, yet?  -> The Man Who Lived On His Bike:

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Vision 2012 Video Explores The Technology Behind Driverless cars

Vision 2012 Video Daily News Day 3...ITS International's DailyNews Live Video team find out about the future prospects and trends for machine vision applications in the ITS industry. They look at how different cameras work together to support the driverless car of the future; explore how the market is split on cost v flexibility and also give us a peek at cameras on Mars

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Dutch Kids Pedal Their Own Bus To School

Dutch Kids Pedal Their Own Bus To School | Transportation Today | Scoop.it

So, the adults have a beer bike but what do the kids have? They got the bike bus to school!

 

The Dutch are bicycle fanatics. Almost half of daily travel in the Netherlands is by bicycle, while the country’s bike fleet comfortably outnumbers its 16 million people.


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The art of commuting home at First and C streets SE | Intersections

The art of commuting home at First and C streets SE | Intersections | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Even during rush hour at a busy Metro entrance, Washingtonians are able to keep to themselves.
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They Run Speed Week In Africa, Too

They Run Speed Week In Africa, Too | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Hot rods, exotics, and motorcycles, streaming out into the flat, open desert. It looks like the American West, but it's actually along the border between Namibia and Botswana.
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Software Calculates City-Specific Carbon Footprint : NPR

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is tough if you don't know exactly where those gases are coming from. Scientists at Arizona State University have invented a new way to pinpoint those sources — down to individual buildings and highways.

 

collects piles of information about a city's energy diet — from utilities, transportation departments and air-pollution monitors.

 

institutions could pinpoint emissions down to the level of a building or a street

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Airfarewatchdog: Best U.S. airlines - chicagotribune.com

Airfarewatchdog: Best U.S. airlines - chicagotribune.com | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Best U.S.airlines based on canceled flights, on-time arrivals, mishandled bags, denied boardings and customer satisfaction, according to Airfarewatchdog ( tinyurl.com/cp7kmvg ):...

 

And the winner is....... Virgin America! Surprised to see Southwest Airlines featured 5th in this list!

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What Next for the Oil and Gas Industry?

What Next for the Oil and Gas Industry? | Transportation Today | Scoop.it

"The oil and gas industry is under pressures that will transform it. The effect of other industries on oil demand, the increasing opportunities for non-conventional oil and gas that offset perceptions of limits to conventional resources, and the shift of growth to Asia will all compel the industry to look for growth in value rather than volume, to distinguish between the expanding markets of developing countries and the declining markets of the private sector in developed countries, and to target technologies to a diversity of resource opportunities outside the state sector and to specialized partnerships within it."

 

New very interesting report from Chatham House.


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Rail passengers in the North West set for bigger say

Rail passengers in the North West set for bigger say | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Passengers in the North West will have more say on how local rail services are run after the service designation of the Bentham Line as a community rail service, Rail Minister Norman Baker announced.
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European Road Freight Boost | First European Logistics

European Road Freight Boost | First European Logistics | Transportation Today | Scoop.it

Thanks Anthony for sharing. 

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Norwegian Share the Road Campaign Films

Copenhagenize.com - Building Better Bicycle Cultures
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READ THE DISCLAIMER IN THIS ARTICLE before you watch the videos.. Laugh riot! (http://www.copenhagenize.com/2014/05/norwegian-share-road-campaign-films.html)

Shown below is one of the four videos.. 

TLDR version: Norwegian Road Directorate (Statens Vegvesen), is traditionally a staunch supporter of car-centric system design, and has not been known for anything to do with cycling. Looks like they have finally turned a corner. The agency has published a set of videos to show roads are for everyone and not just the cars. Thanks to Copenhagenize.com for sharing this gem. http://youtu.be/Dqs4q5iFZjI
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Half of Mumbai's drunk drivers young bikers - The Times of India

Half of Mumbai's drunk drivers young bikers - The Times of India | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Mumbaikars in the age group of 21-31 years comprised 50% of those booked for drunk driving in 2013, while motorcyclists were worst offenders among vehicle types.
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How Terrible.. How about some targeted enforcement and outreach? 

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Jaguar's Awesome Response to Mercedes

Magic Body Control? We prefer cat-like reflexes, don't you? Visit http://www.jaguarusa.com to learn more.
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Communications done with aggression...

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Avec Uber, Google Ventures réalise son plus gros investissement unique

Avec Uber, Google Ventures réalise son plus gros investissement unique | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Google Ventures vient d'investir 257,79 millions de dollars soit environ 194 millions d'euros dans Uber, un service de réservation de chauffeurs privés via des smartphones et des tablettes et qui concurrence les taxis.

Via Gabriel PLASSAT
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Google Venutures hit on a gold mine  with Uber.. a cash cow that is poised for exponential growth..

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Hybrids on the move - Cumulative sales of Toyota Motor hybrids top 2M units in Japan, 4.6M worldwide

Hybrids on the move - Cumulative sales of Toyota Motor hybrids top 2M units in Japan, 4.6M worldwide | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Global annual sales of TMC hybrids. Data: TMC. Click to enlarge.
Cumulative sales in Japan of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) hybrid vehicles—including plug-in hybrids—reached 2.04 million units as of 31 October.
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Volvo traffic jam assistance brings self-driving cars one step closer

Volvo traffic jam assistance brings self-driving cars one step closer | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Traffic jam assistance allows a car to drive itself at slow speeds, and is part of Volvo's plan to become the leader in autonomous vehicle technology.
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The 1% bike - Basic bike prettied up with a high-end brand GUCCI worth $14.000 !! Who would really buy that?

The 1% bike - Basic bike prettied up with a high-end brand GUCCI worth $14.000 !! Who would really buy that? | Transportation Today | Scoop.it

A bicycle built for the 2% - Italian style titan Gucci, which has partnered with bicycle maker Bianchi to produce a $14,000 urban and off-road bike.


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Watch Texas Test Its 85 MPH Highway's Cameras With A 220.5 MPH Blast

Watch Texas Test Its 85 MPH Highway's Cameras With A 220.5 MPH Blast | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
God Bless Texas. Land of the free, home of the batshit crazy. Crazy like John Hennessey who took his 1,226 VR1200 Cadillac CTS-V to test the 85 MPH highway's tag systems at higher speeds.
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Speed Cameras Double As Cash Cows in Washington, DC - Heavy-generating spots

Speed Cameras Double As Cash Cows in Washington, DC - Heavy-generating spots | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Where the most traffic citations have been issued in the District, January through August 2012.

 

If you can believe this, a single speed camera in Washington, DC issued 116,734 tickets worth $11.6 million.. Some mindboggling numbers there.   Read up the entire coverage from Wash. Post here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/single-district-speed-camera-116734-tickets-worth-116-million/2012/10/23/2b754b24-1c86-11e2-ba31-3083ca97c314_story.html

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In a Natural Gas Glut, Big Winners and Losers

In a Natural Gas Glut, Big Winners and Losers | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Low prices for consumers. Big profits for bankers. But the gas glut in the United States has meant much pain for gas exploration companies and their investors.

 

Brilliant article on America's natural gas glut and the influence of financial capitalism on its boom and future bust. Must-read article for European policy-makers who dream of a Golden Age of Gas for Europe.


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From relic to revolutionary: streetcars revitalize city transit | SmartPlanet

From relic to revolutionary: streetcars revitalize city transit | SmartPlanet | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
More than a half-century after streetcars were abandoned and burned, at least a dozen U.S. cities are working to revive them.

 

The revitalization of Portland, Ore.’s Pearl District, where empty warehouses were replaced with art galleries and abandoned rail yards gave way to multi-family housing, truly began for some when a streetcar line opened there in 2001. As the streetcar shuttled passengers around the once-decrepit neighborhood, it also swept billions of dollars of investments into the revived community.

What’s more, streetcars can protect the environment. “If you have clean electrical energy sources and feed them into the tram system,” said

Patrick Condon, a professor at the University of British Columbia and author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities- “it is greenhouse gas zero.” That combination of smart urban development and eco-friendly transit, he said, means more sustainable cities by 2050. “The real benefit of thinking about trams is not the vehicle itself,” Condon said, “but rather how the whole city works and how you move from place to place in a way that’s elegant, comfortable and greenhouse gas zero.”

 

Read on for details and examples that feature the potential positive benefits of reviving the streetcar- a 'clean alternative to cars'.


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The Best Cities for Green Commuters

The Best Cities for Green Commuters | Transportation Today | Scoop.it
Which areas have the most bikers, the most walkers, and the most public transit riders? (RT @AtlanticCities: NYC dominates transit, with an estimated 2,686,406 commuters.
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