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Smart Highway: The Sustainable, Interactive Road of the Future

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Dutch designer presents a plan to reinvent the highway

It's strange to think of how far cars have advanced since being invented, while the roads we drive them on have barely changed. With his Smart Highway concept, Rotterdam-based designer Daan Roosegaarde aims to move road technology deep into the future.  The proposal, selected as "Best Future Concept" this week at the Dutch Design Awards, outlines a plan for......read more

Leather Bike Bag

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Keep your valuables safe while you're on the go with this handmade, veggie-tanned leather bike bag $60.00

Indonesian Etsy seller Klemens & Co. makes handcrafted leather bike accessories that are as handsome as they are green. And when we say handcrafted, we mean it--no machines are involved in the production process whatsoever. Designed for a standard diamond men's bike frame, this sturdy bike bag is the perfect unit for carrying small valuables while cycling around town. Made of thick,......read more

'Lumigrids' Lights Up the Road While Cycling at Night

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LED projector helps cyclists avoid crashes by emitting a square grid on the ground ahead

Night cycling is about to get a whole lot safer (and more Tron-esque) thanks to Lumigrids, an LED projector developed by a team of engineers from Sichuan University. The device, which can be powered either by battery or by the rotation of the wheels, affixes to the bike's handlebars and projects a square grid on the ground ahead. As the road surface changes, the grid bends, curves and......read more

Bookman USB Bike Light

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One of the best bike light options just got a whole lot better $51.00

Bookman, the savvy Swedish studio responsible for one of the smallest and lightest bike lights on the market, just improved their flagship product. The simple, minimal LED bike light gets a tech-driven update in the form of a USB port that makes it rechargeable via your computer or phone charger. The new Bookman lights run for up to 20 hours (on flash mode) on a single charge. They are now......read more

Mixte 3 by Linus Bikes

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A modern classic, featuring a signature diagonal line and streamlined profile $665.00

Venice, CA's Linus Bikes is known for crafting classic European-inspired city bikes with all the benefits of modern comfort and reliability. One of the company's signature models is the Mixte 3, a unisex three-speed with a clean, streamlined profile. The timeless design features a durable, partially lugged, Hi Tensile steel frame with Chromoly down tube, and Tektro dual pivot calliper brakes with......read more

Tram Wars

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A throwback form of transportation makes a controversial return

With renewed interest in transit-focused urbanism, an age-old form of public transportation is being revived in cities across the US. By 2015, no less than 30 American cities will have streetcar networks, more than doubling the number in existence just fifteen years prior. Washington, DC and Salt Lake City launched trams last week. Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Cincinatti have......read more

Obama Sets Fuel Efficiency Deadline for Trucks

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Tightened fuel economy standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles to be implemented by March 2016

Drawing a link between fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered his administration to develop and implement new fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks by March 2016. As he indicated in last month's State of the Union address, Obama has opted to bypass Congress and is directing the Department of Transportation and......read more

Saving Our Way to Cleaner Air

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Want cheaper gas and a stable economy? Keep combating climate change

Margo T. Oge for The Huffington Post: It's the end of 2014, and we are enjoying a remarkable convergence. Gas prices are down, the auto industry is booming and we have the most environmentally clean vehicle fleet ever. In fact, if we'd been listening to industry over the past several decades, this should be an impossible confluence of events. These industries repeatedly told Americans that......read more

Fully automated electric taxis could dramatically reduce transportation sector's emmisions, a new study finds.  By Lindsay Abrams The energy efficient cars of the future will allow the transportation sector to lower its greenhouse gas emissions not just because they’re electric — but because they’ll also be driverless. That’s the forward-looking conclusion of a new......read more

Bike Share Launches in Denver

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European-style 'B-cycle' program offers residents and tourists convenient, low-cost access to clean transportation.

With the Earth Day launch of B-cycle, Denver, Colorado adds itself to the growing list of U.S. cities taking bike sharing for a ride. Touted as the country's first citywide bike share program, B-cycle opens with 500 bikes and 50 stations dotted around the city. A collaboration between Humana Insurance, Trek Bicycle, and ad house Cripsin Porter + Bogusky, B-cycle adds a green alternative to......read more

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