How a Dutch design lab could make roads cleaner, safer and weirder The Dutch design lab Studio Roosegaarde invents weird things. And now, the brains behind clothing that becomes transparent while the wearer is getting, ahem, intimate and a room that contracts and expands based on how hard you dance in it would like to redesign Europe’s entire system of highways and roads. [...]
By Steven Fleming The bike transport renaissance, so far, has been a big-city phenomenon. We have watched exceptionally large cities like New York, Paris and London have Copenhagen-style cycle tracks built, while the small regional cities that actually typify the way humans make settlements, have merrily focused on parking (more and more of the garbage) [...]
Posted on 23. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
Motorcyclists will always speak of the virtues of making the switch from four to two wheels, and from an environmental green transport viewpoint, there certainly is a lot to be said for making that change. But in terms of emissions, that is where we’ve been scratching our heads, because, although motorbikes and scooters do get [...]
Report on sustainable alternatives for land-based biofuels in the European Union European countries are ramping up biofuel use in an effort to meet their obligations under EU objectives to decarbonise energy in the transport sector. But green transport targets for 2020 in the renewable energy directive (RED) and fuel quality directive (FQD) have largely served [...]
Posted on 18. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
Copenhagen has often been featured here for bike-related fun. From a suburban cycle super highwayto an urban bicycle library, Denmark’s capital has truly established itself as a biker’s paradise for its good deeds done for pedals. A Swiss firm wants to solidify that top spot with some gorgeous new concepts for bikesharing stations, removing the intermediaries between [...]
Chief Executive CY Leung plans to allocate $10 billion in subsidies to get heavily polluting commercial vehicles off the streets. Announcing the proposal in his 2013 Policy Address today, the move will subsidise the owners of more than 80,000 pre-Euro and Euro I to III diesel vehicles to phase them out to meet the 2015 [...]
Posted on 17. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
The chief executive of Hong Kong, C Y Leung has pledged to introduce “green transport” in the city on his maiden policy address this morning by introducing a number of environmental protection measures. “For the well-being of future generations, the Government and the community must commit to improving the environment with sustainable transport. To tackle [...]
Posted on 09. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
Green cars are better for the environment, but the Department of Transportation is concerned that they are too quiet for the road. Hybrid and electric cars are significantly quieter than their gas-guzzling counterparts, which could be dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, the DOT claims. “I have experienced going alongside them and not realizing that there [...]
Posted on 08. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
A streetscape that includes natural landscaping, bicycle lanes, wind powered lighting, storm water diversion for irrigation, drought-resistant native plants and innovative “smog-eating” concrete has earned Cermak road in Chicago the title of “greenest Street in America” according to the Chicago Department of Transport (CDOT). Opened in October 2012, the first phase two mile stretch is [...]
Electric cars are Stellenbosch University’s Facilities Management division’s solution for green transport. A total of 16 electric cars are expected to arrive at the campus this month. The cars are small, multipurpose and also approved by the SABS for safe road use.This transport solution will not only reduce the carbon footprint of Facilities Management’s vehicles, but also save [...]