Posts tagged with 'innovation'
Friday Fun: BYOBL! Bring Your Own Bike Lane
Friday Fun: BYOBL! Bring Your Own Bike Lane
Altitude Inc., a Boston-based design firm, released the prototype for a laser-projected bike lane to accompany cyclists during night trips. Alex Tee and Evan Grant, the engineers behind the concept, designed the tool to ensure safety for cyclists by making ...
TheCityFix Picks, March 18: Real-Time Transit Info, Biking Tickets, Pollution Pricing
TheCityFix Picks, March 18: Real-Time Transit Info, Biking Tickets, Pollution Pricing
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...
Research Recap, March 14: Electric Vehicle Readiness, Better Bike Infrastructure, Gas Pump Prices
Research Recap, March 14: Electric Vehicle Readiness, Better Bike Infrastructure, Gas Pump Prices
Welcome to “Research Recap,” our series highlighting recent reports, studies and other findings in sustainable transportation policy and practice, in case you missed it. Roadblocks for Electric Vehicle Adoption Deloitte, the international accounting and consulting firm, recently published a study ...
Friday Fun: Garden Buses
Friday Fun: Garden Buses
New York University student Marco Antonio Castro Cosio developed a playful design of a bus with a “green roof,” aimed at rethinking quality of life in the city. The designer, who attends the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the ...
Meters for Moto-Taxis
Meters for Moto-Taxis
Two American expats living in Thailand think they’ve found a way to revolutionize the motorcycle taxi industry: Equip the bikes with portable “Moto-Meters.” It seems like a no-brainer, but surprisingly, these meters don’t always exist, especially in such an unregulated industry where ...
TT2011: The Need for a New Paradigm in Transport Data Collection and Analysis
TT2011: The Need for a New Paradigm in Transport Data Collection and Analysis
In a large city with broad institutional capacity like New York City, a lot of data is available. The city has access to a lot of useful numbers from a variety of sources, from community-based organizations that track the block-by-block details ...
For Bikesharing, Forget Stations; All You Need Is a Phone
For Bikesharing, Forget Stations; All You Need Is a Phone
A small start-up near Washington, D.C. has started what it calls “the first stationless smart bike sharing program in North America.” And all it took to get the system up and running was some bikes, U-locks and mobile phones. In ...
Wheelchair Access Via Open Source Mapping
Wheelchair Access Via Open Source Mapping
Via the blog, SupraGeography, written by Oliver O’Brien, a researcher and software developer at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), TheCityFix came across wheelmap.org. It’s a website (and iPhone app) built to display and aggregate information on wheelchair access in ...
Friday Fun: Color-Changing Shirts Detect Carbon Monoxide
Friday Fun: Color-Changing Shirts Detect Carbon Monoxide
A pair of graduate students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sue Ngo and Niem Lam, have created a shirt that changes color when exposed to carbon monoxide.
Crowdsourcing Energy in Public Spaces
Crowdsourcing Energy in Public Spaces
The body heat of about 250,000 commuters in Stockholm’s Central Station is now being used to warm a building across the street. Engineers and designers in Sweden have figured out a way to harness the excess heat energy from the ...
Social Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: Cabs for the Disabled
Social Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: Cabs for the Disabled
Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk) is a startup that seeks to invest capital and provide capacity building and results measuring to social enterprises. The organization is currently working with a project called Diamond Cab – one of a number of ...
Using Instant Feedback for "Eco-Driving"
Using Instant Feedback for "Eco-Driving"
Researchers at the University of California are developing a study on how drivers change their behavior when they have access to instantaneous information on the efficiency of their driving. The first-of-its-kind study, led by UC Berkeley, UC Riverside and UC ...
Floating City for Haiti: Does it Hold Water?
Floating City for Haiti: Does it Hold Water?
Floating cities may seem like science fiction, but for some architects and planners, the concept is a real consideration for sustainable urban design, especially  for coastal city-dwellers who face rising sea levels and climatic disasters that demand alternatives to existing ...
Best of 2010: Tech Innovations for Transit
Best of 2010: Tech Innovations for Transit
We’ve explained several times this year that technology alone is not enough to solve our world’s mobility problems. Recent solutions that we’ve reviewed, like the Google-funded Shweeb, China’s plans for car-straddling buses, and “collision-free” robot cars are all interesting ideas, but they ...
Digital Displays for Transit: Can More Information Mean More Riders?
Digital Displays for Transit: Can More Information Mean More Riders?
In the American capital, pedestrians and transit riders will soon be enjoying a veritable buffet of information about their transit options, available on digital displays across the city. District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Gabe Klein unveiled on Monday a ...
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