TAG: Transportation

Celebrate World Carfree Day

World carfree day

In a world that’s rapidly being overrun by fossil-fueled motorized vehicles, it’s important to bring awareness to the fact that an auto-centric lifestyle is not the only option, and that our neighborhoods, our communities, and our cities have a lot to gain by supporting better cycling, walking, and public transportation opportunities. One way to do that is to organize or be a part of a car-free day celebration near you, especially on or around September 22, when you can join together with many other global communities in celebrating World Carfree Day. “As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is… read more

Space Tube Transportation of the Future

Space Tube Transportation of the Future

The human need to propel with man-made forms of travel can be found throughout history. Transportation is a necessity for daily schedules but things like emissions, particulate matter and carbon monoxide are obviously not so good for the environment. Daryl Oster wants to fix this issue with his version of space inspired mobility called Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies, or ET3™. It doesn’t rely on fossil fuels, can be a cost effective mode of transport and won’t even cause noise pollution. Oh, and if you need to cut down your commute or business travel time, it can also go faster than… read more

Compact, Lightweight, Rechargable Bike Light: USB Light

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To stay safe on a bike at night, the brighter the lights you have, and the more of them, the better. While it’s great to have a headlight to see where you’re riding, it’s also good practice to have one or more lights on the frame of your bike, or on your body itself, so that you’re more visible from the back or the side. One great new choice for cyclists is the USB Light, which can be easily mounted or removed from just about anywhere on the bike, and come in five different colors for the fashion-minded. “USB Light… read more

YBIKE Evolve is a 3-in-1 Kids Bike Combo

YBIKE Evolve is a 3-in-1 Kids Bike Combo

Perhaps the greenest and most efficient mode of transportation we’ve come up with yet isn’t something new and high-tech, but rather the humble bicycle, and a new version of a kids starter bike can help get your young ones up and rolling in no time. The YBIKE Evolve is a 3-in-1 pedal trike and balance bike combo that can evolve along with the child’s ability, giving them an early headstart in cycling. For the youngest, the YBIKE can be pedaled as a tricycle, giving them the ability to be self-powered across the floor or down the sidewalk. Once they’re a… read more

BMW Releases First Mass-Production Electric Car

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The mass-production electric car market is about to get more competitive, thanks to the launch of the 2014 BMW i3 this week. The i3, which is expected to retail for a base price of $41,350 (before incentives) when it is released in the US in Q2 of 2014, offers a driving range of up to 100 miles on its 170 hp electric motor, with a 3 hour charge time (for 220V 32A charges). Featuring a 22 kWh Li-Ion battery and the option for a gas-powered range extender (for charging, not locomotion), the i3 could be a serious contender for the… read more

Search Walk Score and Walk Some More

Search Walk Score and Walk Some More

In metropolitan areas the foot commute can be a part of the everyday. Walkways can often be overlooked in places where concrete tends to take over the greenery. Community walk paths that are arranged around nature and not intruding upon it can be found in several designs. Safe, easily cleaned and synthetic materials kept to a minimum, these paths actually encourage walking. Great for sneaking in exercise and improving health, walking as opposed to riding saves environmental energy while increasing individual energy levels. So, how does your neighborhood or favorite spot do on a walkabout? You can find out at Walk… read more

Prize Awarded in Human Powered Helicopter Competition

After 33 years, the American Helicopter Society has finally awarded a winner in the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition, declaring the official winner to be the AeroVelo Atlas. “This incredible flight was 64.11 seconds in duration (World Record for “Duration on Hover”), reached a 3.3m peak altitude, and drifted a maximum of 9.8m. The Atlas as flown on June 13th behaved very differently from the aircraft we first flew some 9 months ago, a result of many incremental improvements and changes. In 18 months this passionate team went from preliminary design to achieving what many considered impossible, taking… read more

Elon Musk Promises Open Source High Speed Transport

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Building a better and more sustainable transportation system will take a lot of work on all fronts, including better planes, trains, automobiles, and boats, but it might also take a new type of transportation entirely. And Elon Musk, of Tesla, PayPal, and SpaceX fame, says he’s ready to deliver one. According to Musk’s Twitter feed, he plans to publish his designs for what he refers to as “the fifth mode” of transportation by August 12th. Will publish Hyperloop alpha design by Aug 12. Critical feedback for improvements would be much appreciated. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2013 According to… read more

Engineered Tobacco Plants Could Produce Biofuel Directly

Engineered Tobacco Plants Could Produce Biofuel Directly

Although tobacco use and acceptance may have been cut in recent years, tobacco growers could potentially grow the same product, but instead of supplying smokers, end up making their mark in the biofuel revolution in the US. A multimillion dollar project at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), funded by ARPA-E, is working to engineer tobacco plants that can turn sunlight into fuel molecules, right in their leaves. “We want to bypass downstream processes like fermentation and produce fuels directly in the crop. After the biomass is crushed, we could extract the hydrocarbon molecules, and crack them into shorter molecules,… read more

Rolls-Royce Bets on Sailing Ships for Cargo

Rolls-Royce Bets on Sailing Ships for Cargo

One of the more insidious and invisible aspects to our global economy is its reliance on dirty fuels, such as bunker fuel (fuel oil) and the resultant emissions in order to ship goods around the world. And not only is the fuel getting more expensive, there’s been a push to curb the emissions from these cargo ships by switching to cleaner fuels, so this next move by Rolls-Royce could be the dawn of a new age of shipping. Rolls-Royce partner B9 Shipping Ltd is working to develop a coastal sailing vessel that is capable of carrying 3000 dwt (deadweight tonnage),… read more