Don’t Reinvent The Wheel, Steal It: An Urban Planning Award for Cities That Copy

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From GOOD, here’s a terrific example of ignoring the ‘standard practice.’ It has always been frustrating to me that the public sector does silos better than most large multinationals — sharing what works just isn’t the norm. So kudos are due to Living Labs Global for encouraging cities to share successful models.

Now let’s just hope the idea catches on….

Put Wind in Your Tank—Vroom!

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Now this is an intriguing new technology from Germany’s ENERTRAG, via the WindSector blog — the hybrid power plant makes hydrogen from wind power to fuel automobiles! The techies among you will want to click through to see the technical drawings on how it works, but I’m hoping the economic development folks will get busy trying to figure out how we can get one going in Vermont, or at least somewhere in New England….

The Thought-Controlled Prius Bike

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Toyota’s answered a question no one ever thought to ask: What if the Prius were a bike?

The answer suggests it wouldn’t be as boring to ride as it is to drive. For one thing, the bike uses neurotransmitters to change gears. It looks a whole lot cooler than the car, too.

So starts of Jason Kambitsis’ “review” of one of the projects developed within the Prius Projects campaign from Toyota, which encourages inventors and dreamers to tinker with its technology.

Fresh from a family birthday celebration weekend of cycling (and new eco car test drives), this article jumped right out at me.

I’m a big fan of labs like this in part because I see them as one of the best sources for ideas to help humankind tackle some of our most pressing problems.

Meanwhile, have some fun exploring this idea…

Yipee! An interstate highway system for bikes is coming

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It’s always bothered me that when my extended family gets together for a biking vacation we usually travel by plane, train or car to get to our destination — where we unload our bikes and ride for days. This is not to say we’d have enough time from work (or be in good enough shape) to bike the whole route, but there’s rarely an option in the US.

The approval of six new bicycle routes is a small sign of progress. Now it’s time to let your congressional delegation and state legislators know we need a lot more.