Posts tagged with 'innovation'
The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Make the Poor A Priority
The Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Make the Poor A Priority
This post is part of a series analyzing the solutions highlighted in the report and toolkit, “Megacities on the Move.” The report, written by Forum for the Future in partnership with FIA Foundation, Vodafone, and EMBARQ, offers six sustainable mobility ...
Friday Fun: The Most Secure Bike Lock in the World
Friday Fun: The Most Secure Bike Lock in the World
A team from Hamburg, Germany, as part of a competition, developed a design for a highly secure bike lock. The locks looks like they would be very expensive to make and far too heavy to take on bike rides. You ...
Taxis: The New Frontier of Sustainable Transportation
Taxis: The New Frontier of Sustainable Transportation
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is vowing to promote the use of electric and energy efficient taxi cabs globally and in New York, a city known for its gas guzzling Crown Victoria cabs. Bloomberg was elected chair of the ...
Mapnificent: How Far Can You Go in 15 Minutes?
Mapnificent: How Far Can You Go in 15 Minutes?
Above is an image of areas in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C., specifically at Meridian Street and 14th Street, that are accessible within 15 minutes, thanks to a new mapping tool called Mapnificent, powered by Google Maps. Mapnificent is less ...
Will a Common Mobility Card Work in India?
Will a Common Mobility Card Work in India?
India is working on a transit card that will grant users access to the country’s diverse modes of transportation with the wave of a single card. “[They] will function essentially as e-purses,” a senior transit minister said of the cards. “What ...
Would You Drive a Car that Drives Itself?
Would You Drive a Car that Drives Itself?
Google’s wheels are spinning again. Earlier this month, the company made headlines with its $1 million investment in Shweeb’s bicycle monorail, and now, the company is venturing into the car business. Last week, Google announced its new technology for cars ...
More on Apps: The Bike Doctor For Your Phone
More on Apps: The Bike Doctor For Your Phone
Are computers and technology making us smarter or stripping us of our ability to solves problems on our own? With a new smartphone app for the Android and iPhone, called BikeDoctor, you can tap a button and diagnose an issue ...
Friday Fun: Mapping Bloggers and Public Transportation
Friday Fun: Mapping Bloggers and Public Transportation
Maps are an important tool for visualizing data and space. New York City is blessed with one of the most comprehensive and well-designed maps of public transportation and biking.  The city is also home to a highly educated population, which ...
Google Awards $1 Million to Shweeb
Google Awards $1 Million to Shweeb
Google finally announced the winners of its Project 10100, awarding $10 million to five organizations that have ideas to help change the world. People from more than 170 countries submitted more than 150,000 ideas, which Google narrowed down to 16 ...
In London, Bike Sharing Just Got Even More Efficient
In London, Bike Sharing Just Got Even More Efficient
City University London’s School of Informatics uses Geographic Information System (GIS) to map in real-time the city’s new shared bike system, Barclays Cycle Hire, to help predict and document bike usage and availability at each of the system’s 400 planned ...
Getting the Youth of Today Involved in Public Transportation for Tomorrow
Getting the Youth of Today Involved in Public Transportation for Tomorrow
Informed and engaged young people are key to moving transportation issues forward, bringing future advocates, citizens and practitioners into the next wave of transportation issues and smart transportation planning. This is especially important considering that the majority of youth – 85 ...
Visa Brings Mobile Phones and Contactless Payment to Transit
Visa Brings Mobile Phones and Contactless Payment to Transit
Riders will now be able to pay for public transportation and taxis in New York City and Los Angeles using cell phones or credit cards. Visa Inc. recently announced the new technology in a press release: “Transit agencies the world over ...
Following the Flow of the People with Crosswalks
Following the Flow of the People with Crosswalks
We all know that crosswalks facilitate the safe movement of pedestrians across streets. We should heed them, walk within them and avoid jaywalking. A number of designers are rethinking the traditional concept of the crosswalk in favor of designs that ...
Dimming the Lights in Cities to Improve Quality of Life
Dimming the Lights in Cities to Improve Quality of Life
We often don’t think of how we light our cities, but lighting in urban environments is an important piece of city design and residential safety.  Our relationship with space and each other is largely influenced by light. It provides safety; ...
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
What are your favorite business and public service ideas that use bikes? We’ve profiled several examples, from mobile schools in the slums of India to FedEx Corp.’s electric tricycle delivery service. There are businesses like MetroPedal Power in Boston, which ...
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