Fusing Bikes Into Copenhagen’s Landscape

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Love the look of these new bikesharing stations in Copenhagen’s biker paradise. Couldn’t agree more with Transport magazine’s assessment: “This system design is just plain cool: each bike will be equipped with Wi-Fi and GPS, made interactive with a monitor betwixt the handlebars, providing seamless navigation.”

Wow, Elevated Bike Lanes Could be Coming to London

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I’m just a sucker for a big, bold idea — especially when it combines two priorities, cycling and reducing carbon emissions. So Sam Martin, if London doesn’t jump on this fast enough to suit you, please know there are folks in the USA eager to help you turn this concept into reality.

Pedal Power for Phones, GPS, Lights and Other Gizmos

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Aha! Just what every biker dreams of — a way to put every tiny bit of the energy you’re producing into good use. Given the predictions that in future years we’re due for widespread power outages from the combined effects of an aging infrastructure and climate change, a daily bike ride may become the best way to recharge our gizmos.

Can Discounts Convince Londoners [or Vermonters] to Bike and Walk?

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Punch a destination into re:route, a new app from eco-rewards company Recyclebank, and it will provide several options. You could walk to the subway, take it to your stop, pick up a bike from the bike share, and ride to your destination. You could get off the subway a stop early and walk. You could ride your own bike, or walk halfway and pick up a bike to get you the rest of the way there.

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Love this idea of offering an app and a ‘rewards’ incentive program for biking or walking around town. It’s a simple concept grounded in human nature — and it can work when others don’t.

I’m thinking Local Motion is a good candidate to bring the concept here to Burlington or the Vermont Bike-Ped Coalition statewide. Now I’m off to get my colleagues on board.

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….