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Bike Commuting Takes Off

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Two-wheeled urban transport expands in popularity.

In terms of energy input vs. output, bikes are the most efficient form of transportation ever invented. In Europe, cycling accounts for more than 20% of all trips taken in urban cities. These numbers blow American cities out of the water, where only 1% of trips are taken via bicycle. Part of this difference is the result of a far superior cycling infrastructure in Europe compared to the United......read more

European Cities Curb Drivers

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Traffic planners restrain cars in favor of walking and public transit

While American cities tend to bend over backwards to accommodate vehicle traffic, cities in Europe are going the opposite direction, making planning changes that make it prohibitively annoying and expensive (if not downright illegal) to drive cars in the inner city. NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the traffic-tormenting situation in Europe: Cities including......read more

Boston Named America's Top City For Biking and Walking

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And other report results that might surprise you

If we had to guess what America's top cycling city is, we'd probably say Portland, where the perfect combination of mild climate and smart planning makes the city a veritable biking mecca. But, if the results of a new report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking are to be believed, we'd be wrong. According to the organization's biannual benchmark report, the city with the greatest......read more

Charge Your EV While You Drive

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Stanford research tech could lead to wireless charging of electric vehicles

A new report from Stanford University offers a striking glimpse of our transportation future, and let us be the first to say, it looks pretty sweet. Stanford researchers have designed a system through which electric vehicles could be charged wirelessly simply by driving on the highway. Whoa. One of the main drawbacks of EVs is their limited driving range. This new technology, known as......read more

Are Green Jobs Recession-Proof?

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In California, the answer is yes, says new study

With most industries in California cratering under the weight of an intractable recession, green businesses have proven to be most resilient, according to a new report.  The nonprofit Next 10, which is focused on improving California's future, found that the overall state economy shrunk by 7 percent from 2009 to 2010. During the same span, the "core green economy" -- made up of......read more

America's Top Biking Cities Ranked by Bicycling Mag

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Big surprise: Portland is number one

In an announcement that will surprise approximately nobody, Portland has been named America's Top Bike-Friendly City in the 2012 rankings from Bicycling magazine. Bike culture reigns supreme in the Pacific Northwestern city, which boasts 180 miles of bike lanes and 79 miles of off-street bike paths. Always quick to embrace cyclist-friendly innovations, Portland was the first city in the United......read more

Electric Car Sales Hit Another Record

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November was the hottest month yet for EV sales in the US

In November, for the fourth consecutive month, electric car sales reached a record as new models like the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in electric hybrid (pictured above) helped amplify buyer interest. At Forbes, Todd Woody has the scoop: According to analyst Aaron Chew of the Maxim Group, dealers sold 7,600 electric cars in November, bringing total sales for 2012 to 47,500 to date. Chew expects......read more

Bike Score Ranks the Top Biking Cities in North America

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The Walk Score team released new bikeability rankings, and they contain a few surprises

The website Walk Score has announced the extension of its "Bike Score" rankings for neighborhoods and places to 25 cities. The ratings seek to educate riders on how bikeable their city, neighborhood or block is based on a specific set of criteria, using an easily digestible scoring system that ranks bikeability on a scale of 1 to 100. Heat maps show the most bikeable areas in green, and least......read more

Bent Basket

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Help kickstart this minimalist, curved plywood bike basket -- and secure your own $110.00

Finally, a bike basket that doesn't suck. That was our collective response after spotting Faris Elmasu's clean, elegant Bent Basket on Cool Hunting. Designed as a prototype two years ago, the carrier is designed using bent plywood. If you like Eames furniture, this is the bike basket for you. Made using vacuum forming, the Bent Basket offers ample space for twelve beers, which is important.......read more

Bike Planter

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Portable, 3D-printed planter lets you bring your favorite plant on the road $45.00

Green-thumbed cycling enthusiasts can combine two of their favorite things with this quirky collection of Bike Planters from Atlanta-based designer Colleen Jordan. Borrowing the concept from the flower vases in the new generation of Volkswagen Beetles, Jordan created portable, 3D-printed planters that affix to a bike frame with an elastic cord, so you can bring your favorite succulent on your......read more

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