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CARB Integrating Cap-And-Trade Revenue In California Low-Income Neighborhood Bikeshares

It is no secret that the health of the air affects everyone. Presently, California’s plan for zero emissions includes using cap-and-trade revenue to help stop air pollution in specific clean transportation programs. Following last year’s carsharing programs in low-income neighborhoods, California now allows cap-and-trade revenue to fund California disadvantaged neighborhood bikeshare projects. Nextcity.org relates, “Last year, the [state] […]

August 24th

That 5-Hour Nissan LEAF Trip

Originally published on CleanTechnica. “So, how do you like it?” I always respond, I love it. I have never driven a car that I appreciate so much — near as much. The drive, the ambiance, the adept maneuvering, and the entire 1-minute experience of plugging in to refuel at clean charge points. Never smelling gas […]

February 29th

Safe Commuting By Bicycle

When I think about safe commuting by bicycle, of bicycle safety for regular travelers, I call to mind infrastructure changes in the United States that the Northern Europeans began over 50 years ago. I think of smaller streets of bicycles concurrently with streets for automobiles. I think of protected bike lanes, with suitable curbs to protect bicyclists and pedestrians […]

June 29th

Travel Smart With TripGo

Going through the trouble of planning a trip to a place in the city I hadn’t been was fu a long time back, but these days, the time to do so often steals time away from other important matters. So, I’m pretty psyched to find out about an app, TripGo*, that will automatically plan trips for […]

October 14th

Perpetual Source Of Recharge (cartoon)

Many thanks for this one to Michael Leunig, an astute observer of Australian society. We found his cartoon on Facebook, attributed to the age.com.au. The omniscient wiki tells us that Leunig is a fifth-generation Australian and a cartoonist, poet, and cultural commentator. His best known works include The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust […]

July 23rd

RENEGADES OF BIKE CULTURE: A REVIEW & VIDEO

Originally Published in the ECOreport  “Renegades of Bike Culture” traces the origins of mountain biking back to the high wheelers of the 1890. Along the way, you listen to earn that anecdotes and information, such as: People sometimes lost control of the old high wheelers going down hill and modern bikes were originally called safety […]

June 13th

Want An Electric Bike? DIY (VIDEO)

There are a lot of do-it-yourself projects out there. But I think this one may be the most useful and awesome one I’ve seen. Electric bikes are great, but they’re quite expensive. Micah Toll* recognized this years ago and built himself an electric bike. Then he started building electric bikes for others. Then he started teaching others […]

Paris Smog Can Take Cars Off The Streets

Travelers cherish the city of Paris for the charm of its luxurious springtime, but maybe not this year. Since last Wednesday, air pollution in Paris and 22 suburbs has topped the safe limit for PM10 particulates (80 mg/cubic meter). The Paris smog readings hit 180 mg on Friday, more than twice the accepted safe limit. This […]

March 18th

$600 Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane Makes the Case for Permanent Bikeways

Here’s a cheap and easy way to give people a taste of what a permanent protected bikeway would feel like, which could go a long way toward raising more public awareness of, and support for, dedicated bicycle transportation options. A community coalition working to build 30 new miles of well-designed and protected bikeways in Minneapolis […]

February 18th

Vintage Bicycles Could be the Truly Sustainable Bike Option

Environmentalists and active folks love bicycles, because they’re not only efficient and a fun way to stay fit, but they’re also probably the most sustainable method of transportation we have. But is buying a brand new bicycle really that environmentally friendly? After all, new bikes require an entire global supply chain to produce and distribute, […]

January 24th

Hamburg Will Extend Bike, Ped Routes & Remove Cars From City Core

Move over, Copenhagen. Hamburg is following you into the 21st century by deemphasizing the role of the car. Almost half of Germany’s second-largest city already consists of green areas, parks, gardens, squares, cemeteries, and sports facilities (see map). Hamburg plans to link two large green areas in the north and south with bicycle routes and pedestrian […]

January 10th

New Cargo Trike Rocks It! (VIDEO)

Cargo bikes and trikes are just starting to catch on in North America, after a long history in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany. And now might be a great time to jump in and get one. Copenhagen-based Butchers and Bicycles has created a pretty freakin’ awesome tilt-action cargo trike that looks like it could blow the competition […]

January 3rd

Drivers View People More Negatively

If you sit back and reflect on your own experiences for a moment, this is probably no surprise. When we’re driving through a new place, people on the street are easily seen as potential obstructions or sources of difficulty. When we are walking or biking along, that perception is much less so. A couple of new […]

January 2nd

Worldwide Bike-Share Boom Visualized In New Graphs

The past fifteen years have seen a massive boom in the number of bike-share programs around the world — an exponential increase that looks likely to continue into the immediately foreseeable future. Talking about this boom is just one thing, though; visualizing it is another, and that’s where these new graphs (pictured below) from the […]

December 31st

Renewables (Bikes!) Power Times Square New Year's Ball

New York “rides in” the New Year as Times Square visitors bike to help power the New Year’s Eve Ball (© Charles Sykes, Invision, for Citi, on Treehugger). You heard it right. When the festive ball drops to usher in 2014, renewable energy will contribute to the flashiness of its cascade. For the past three […]

December 31st

Wonderful Video Of Wonderful Bike Art Installation In Toronto

This is pretty: Here’s the description on the YouTube page: Ai Weiwei’s “Forever Bicycles” transforms Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square from October 6 – 27, 2013. For more info, visit: http://www.snbto.ca/extended Shot and edited by: Ryan Emond http://www.reemond.com/ Check out more cool bike stories and videos: Bike-Sharing Programs Improve Street Life Beautiful Copenhagen’s New Bike-Sharing Program Gonna Be […]

December 30th

Top Electric Vehicle Stories Of 2013 (Part 2)

Following up on the top 33 electric vehicle stories of the first half (or so) of 2013, below are the top electric vehicle stories from the rest of 2013. This was a huge year for electric vehicles, but it’s clear that the industry is growing so fast that 2014 is going to be even that […]

December 30th

Bike-Sharing Programs Improve Street Life

We know that bike-sharing programs get people to switch from driving to bicycling. We know that good bike-sharing programs increase bicycle commute rates dramatically. We know that bike-sharing programs keep the air cleaner and citizens healthier. But new research has also found that bike-sharing programs improve street life. “Bike share stations are ideal triangulators,” David M. […]

December 9th

Sweden = Most Sustainable Country On Earth (Report)

Editor’s Note: Here’s a quick look at why Sweden ranked #1 in a recent study on the sustainability of countries. Its neighbors also rank quite well. Most Sustainable Country In The World — Sweden (Northern Europeans Top The List) (via Clean Technica) Social governance issues such as carbon emissions, social cohesion, civil liberties, and environmental […]

August 21st

Copenhagen's New Bike-Sharing Program Gonna Be Sweet!

Originally published on Bikocity. For the next generation of bike-sharing innovations, take a look at Copenhagen and smile. Trains and a bike-sharing program working as one travel option now offer a GPS built into the bike. Not only do you know where to pick up your next connection – you have a schedule of all […]

August 20th

Most Intelligent Bike On The Streets?

Originally published on Bikocity. Redefining is the catchword for our progressive bicycle landscape. It is not lip service. As part of that, companies are rapidly redefining bicycles, and consumers now have a grand wave of bicycles to choose from. Gliding over and around the entire globe has never before been so diversely accommodating. The electrifying […]

August 20th

Recycle Your Waste

In this day and age, it is important to recycle as much as you can. With the entire environment being affected by mass pollution, we need to do all that we can to save our planet. Plastic has not been around very long. But it’s already causing huge problems in our oceans and on land. […]

July 23rd

Top Bike-Sharing Programs Infographic

Reposted from Bikocity: Obviously, we’re big fans of bikes here. I realized several years ago that the common line and piece of advice “stop to smell the roses” matched bicycle transportation excellently. You see and smell and appreciate so much more on bike than in a car. I’d say that you do less so than […]

July 17th