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 […]
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#1 Reason to Bike for Transportation that Doesn't Get Talked About Enough (& 14 Awesome Bicycling Videos)
There are tons of reasons to bike. Tons. It’s ridiculously, insanely good for helping preserve a livable planet. It’s ridiculously, insanely good for our health. And it’s ridiculously, insanely efficient (saves a ton of money for individuals, cities, counties, states, and countries). But there’s one more key reason that is often overlooked: it’s ridiculously, […]
Princeton Survey The Streetsblog DC recently published a story on a telephone poll of 1,003 Americans, which was commissioned by the advocacy group America Bikes and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. The results were “unequivocal: 83 percent said that federal bike-ped funding should increase, or at the very least be maintained.” The car is becoming […]
Biking has become a lifestyle, a way of life. Cyclists who hit their favorite bike paths or bike routes every day are like another cut of the zen surfer who never missed a dawn and a wave. Now, we have the bike-path-gilding travelers that make Kerouac’s On the Road look sedentary. Devotees of biking vary […]
Renting a bike is a great option for going green for short distance transportation. Enter Splintster, offering an appealing combination of friendship, greener living and a cleaner, more connected community.
Cars kills countless people ever year. Hitting someone with your car on purpose is akin to shooting someone — a car can be used as a deadly weapon. I don’t know the full details of the story below, but from Chris DeMorro’s retelling of it on sister site Gas2, it certainly looks like a […]
Here’s one more awesome and inspiring bicycling video for the day. Again, it’s about living on your bike, and enjoying the freedom, high quality of life, and mental and physical health that comes from that. I don’t remember where I ran across this one. Enjoy! What more is there to say about bicycling–it’s good for […]
I intended to share this nearly a week ago when I ran across it. Actually, right after it was published, it seems. If you haven’t seen it yet (it’s gone a bit viral), it’s a must watch. Title = “The Man Who Lived on His Bike.” Living in Groningen (in the Netherlands), I feel like I saw people […]
I’ve been meaning to cover the new “Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report” since it was published by the Alliance for Biking and Walking since it came out. Oy, the many stories I’m always behind on! Luckily, before I could get to it, Frankie Berti wrote a great piece on it on sister […]
Seamlessly Integrated Bike Flow “Cycling is part of everyone’s life, because it was made part of everyone’s life.” This film, Cycling for Everyone, is a light, moving record of health and happiness. The film shows Amsterdam as a place where sharing the road is easy and safe. Inhabitants of this city and country value cycling so much that the rich and the […]
I just ran across this video the other day for the first time in awhile. Like the first time I saw it, I immediately thought about how it is such a wonderful advertisement for bicycling. Better than just about any bicycling video or ad I’ve ever seen, it does such a good job of capturing […]
This is absolutely, insanely hilarious… and adorable. Not only that, I think it really shows the tremendous feeling of empowerment that comes from riding a bike… and not just the first time! 😀 Little Kid Gives Epic Speech After First Bike Ride – Amazing videos are here Kid’s got some spunk.
OK, last roundup of the week! Here’s a roundup of some top green living stories of the week, other than the 15 or so we’ve already covered (click the link above for those… there were some fun ones this week!):
The East Coast Greenway One of the longest bike trails in the world, The East Coast Greenway is a 3,000 mile network of bike trails that was conceived in 1991 and is nearing completion. It runs all along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida. I believe this is going to be for the bicyclist and passionate adventure […]
A recent story that celebrates spontaneity, cycling, urban wanderlust, and the wonderful wave of sustainable bike-sharing programs is a welcome happiness to all of us wanting more biking freedoms. From an article found on the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) website: “Bike sharing is like a big advertisement for bicycling,” says Darren Buck, a Virginia Tech (VT) student. “Folks walking by […]
Aura as a Protective Body of Light Energy One’s Aura is a body of light, a body of energy, that spreads out from our center and lights up a field of astral and ethereal layers of light protection. It is a large round globe of energy from within that spreads outwardly around us. […]
For anyone who wants to green their life — really wants to — I think there are 5 basic requirements … or, to make them sound nicer, we’ll call them ingredients. Can you live a “green” life without one of these? Well, yeah, but it is perhaps a “light green” life, not a fully green life. Think […]
2011 was a big year for the environment, in some good ways and some bad ways. Here’s a quick run-down of the top 10 stories of the year, in my opinion: 1. Tremendously high levels of carbon emissions continue to warm Earth. Despite efforts to switch to clean energy, increase energy efficiency, and use more […]
Watching this video, one finds something so simple, so commonsense, and at the same time, so brilliant in it. Things as they should be is what Planetsave is all about. Copenhagenize leads us to the thoughtful, simple way things should (and could) be in this beautiful video of an Utrecht traffic garden. Adults and children alike need this now. […]
Check out the great infographic (and intro to it) from sister site sustainablog reposted below. The short and simple — biking is good for your health! But check out the infographic and : Bikes and Health: What Can We Learn from Europe? (Infographic) (via sustainablog)
Change is percolating in spirit while the cold New England winter blows in. But, if you’re in Boston, just imagine what spring will bring — The Boston Globe reports the city will increase its new bike sharing program by 50 percent, adding 300 bicycles. The desire is there and the need is going to be supplied. Since the beginning […]
Brazilian Bike Culture The Copacabana neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro is enjoying an upswing economically, as is the whole of Brazil. The changes are progressively upbeat, integrating a greener travel style. Copacabana’s air is a bit fresher and the sounds of traffic are more naturalistic and harmonious due to the widespread use of […]
Check out this super cool bicycling video, beautiful music and graphics. Though, would be nicer without the subtitles (if you understood the language).
This is a great story I ran across on Copenhagenize, of what the title says (a woman bicycling to the hospital pregnant and with contractions), but also with an ironic poster added at the bottom.
Too cool, eh?
I have written about New York City’s planned bike-sharing program a couple of times, and have written about bike-sharing programs in Paris, China, Barcelona, London (a couple times), Chicago, D.C., Boston, and my current city of Wroclaw (twice). I’m a fan. But I’ve got one problem with many attempts at bike-sharing — the programs start too small. Well, NYC is not disappointing me. It’s starting with 10,000 bikes at 600 stations, comparable to Paris (probably the most successful and certainly the biggest program in the world, which started with 10,000 bikes at 750 stations).
Top green living stories of the past couple days:
By Bill McKibben
The last two weeks have been spectacular.
In Washington DC, phase one of the tar sands campaign has just come to an end, and 1,252 North Americans have been arrested in a massive civil disobedience campaign. This historic groundswell was focused on stopping the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline — but it also sent a larger message that people everywhere are willing to take bold action to move our planet beyond fossil fuels.
Check out this cool story on a solar-powered dryer from our sister site CleanTechnica, followed by some other top green living stories of the last day or so:
Some top green living stories of the last few days:
I write about cool bike stories here a lot, since bicycling is both one the best ways to green your life and is one of the best ways to make your life more relaxing, healthier, and more enjoyable.
But, one of the things I strive for here on Planetsave is finding ways to help people make positive changes in their lives, not just talk about how cool green living is.
Here are 7 good green living stories of the last day or so. Check ’em out: