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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

Oui! Paris to Launch EV Sharing

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French capital's electric car sharing program will take off this fall.

Sharing transportation is a great idea. Bike share programs are launching all around the world, and electric cars are the next step. In France, Parisian transportation officials are readying for the September launch of Autolib, the world's first electric vehicle sharing program. The scheme will enable participants to save money and emissions by using a green car only when absolutely......read more

Shweeb Bike Monorail

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Pedal-powered monorail technology receives $1.05 million investment from Google.

Alright, this does seem a bit too sci-fi for our world. But something about it is also very appealing, and people are taking notice. Inhabitat reports that Google just invested $1.05 million into Shweeb's bike monorail system, in which cyclists ride in clear tubes attached to monorail track, pedaling themselves along at relatively high speeds. The system is currently in place in New Zealand,......read more

Rolls-Royce Rolls Out Electric Concept Car

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The ultimate lux EV can be yours for a mere $1.6 million.

Is "sustaina-baller" a word? It is now. The new Rolls-Royce 102EX Phantom Experimental Vehicle, unveiled this week at the Geneva Auto Show, provides the definition. The next-gen electric concept car will employ an aluminum chassis and two 145kW electric motors, making it only a tad slower than the standard Phantom. The largest battery pack ever used in a road car will give the lux EV a 125 mile......read more

Green Development Hampered by Nimbyism

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Eco projects face opposition in progressive hotspots from Brooklyn to Berkeley.

If we were asked to name the top two strongholds of eco-consciousness in America, we'd probably say Brooklyn on the east coast and Berkeley on the west. Hell, we even gave Brooklyn it's own web series. But not everyone in these liberal bastions is down for the greater environmental good. When it comes to green development, self interest runs rampant. In Park Slope, Brooklyn, a new bike lane......read more

SHFT Sampler 3-11-11

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Swedish eco design is so hot right now, Google Earth images become surreal artworks, Portland ain't all that green, and more.

Folded Roads: Google Earth images become surrealist artworks in Clement Valla's series Postcards from Google Earth, which depicts bridges and roads that appear warped when you zoom in just the right way. T-Shirt Upholstery: Swedish eco designer (and mega babe) Maria Westerberg won first prize at the 2011 Green Furniture Awards for the T-shirt Chair, made of recycled textiles and bent wire fence.......read more

Fisker Karma Hybrid Goes into Production

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Deliveries of the $88K plug-in hybrid will start next month.

California-based Fisker Automotive made a big splash at the 2008 North American International Auto Show with the Karma, a sleek gas-electric hybrid. Now the company has announced that the plug-in hybrid will start  rolling off the assembly line next month. The Karma's has a 50-mile electric-only range, much like Chevy's popular Volt. But that's where the similarities end. The speedy Karma......read more

Bamboo Bikes by Diego Cardenas

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Green cycles blend nature and tech.

At the tender age of 25, Mexican industrial design student Diego Cardenas is doing big things in the realm of bamboo bicycle design. Inspired by photos of other bamboo bike creations — including the first commercial design, unveiled at a London trade fair in 1894 — Cardenas felt he could do better. Judging from these pics, he may be right. After attending a bamboo workshop in Europe,......read more

Electric Vehicles Enter Federal Fleet

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116 EVs to be distributed to 20 federal agencies

With Obama calling for the federal government to lead the way in sustainable practices, government officials have been getting down to business. This week, the feds announced the purchase of the first electric vehicles in the federal fleet. The purchase involved 116 cars -- a smorgasbord of Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, and Think Cities -- which will make their ways to 20 different agencies. Martha......read more

Why the House Transportation Bill is a Bad Idea

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Proposed legislation would slash bike and pedestrian funding in favor of Big Oil

Bad ideas abound in the House Transportation Bill released this week, and green transportation activists are rightly miffed. The proposed bill would slash funding for federally-mandated bike and pedestrian programs, and use the funds made available for highway improvements. It would also increase the size of trucks allowed on highways, and reduce the amount of time required for environmental......read more

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