What would the perfect cycling city look like?

If you were building a city for bicycles from scratch, what would you include and leave out? In an edited excerpt from his new book Velotopia, Steven Fleming imagines a pedallers’ paradise  Housing and cyclists in the green suburb of Vauban, Freiburg, Germany. Photograph: Alamy By Steven Fleming, The Guardian, 9 August 2017  Velotopia is as circular as the topography has …

Morgan Stanley says the low prices of wind, solar, and grid/battery storage is making “peaker” plants uneconomical

August 16th, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica. Source: Forbes   A new report authored by Stephen Byrd, a utility and cleantech analyst at Morgan Stanley, and Adam Jonas, its auto analyst, shows that they are bullish on the market for grid storage products. “Demand for energy storage from the utility sector will grow more than the market anticipates by 2019–2020,” the pair says. They predict …

Forest buildings cost 5% more, remove CO2 and provide more livability and green space

These Boeri-Designed Vertical Forests Are Helping Milan To Breathe.  August 16th, 2017 by The Beam, Jonny Tiernan How do you combat air pollution in one of the most polluted cities in Europe? By building vertical forests of trees and plants attached to apartment tower blocks, of course. Now, while this might not be the first solution that springs to mind, and it does …

Urban delivery trucks manufactured by Ford and DHL in Germany

By Steve Hanley, 17 Aug 2017 This article about electric trucks was first published on Gas2. Is Ford of Europe really part of the Ford Motor Company? The two seem to be worlds apart when it comes to embracing electric vehicles. Until recently, CEO Mark Fields was telling anyone who would listen that nobody wants to buy electric cars. Fields has been sent …

Highway congestion, America’s Soviet bread line problem, needs a price

By Stephen Crim, Mobility Lab – April 7, 2016  How are America’s roadways like Soviet bread lines? Both are crowded and time-consuming because individuals aren’t paying the right value for the things they want. Congestion pricing offers a solution. In the middle of the 20th century, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, people saw healthy doses of propaganda about the material benefits that …

Property owners in Columbus are funding transit passes and avoiding the need to build parking

San Francisco, Boulder, Cambridge, and others have TDM ordinances requiring developers to include transit-oriented amenities in new properties.  Cities all over the country require developers to pay infrastructure impact fees, which often feed transit budgets. And employers often help cover the cost of their employees’ transit passes.  But Columbus’ program will be the first in the country where bus passes are …

Envisioning a Zero-Carbon Transportation System: A New Transportation Toolbox of Strategies from Tony Dutzik and The Frontier Group

In May 2016, Tony Dutzik and the Frontier Group published A New Way Forward, which explored a series of pathways by which American cities might eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from urban light-duty vehicles by mid-century.12 The pathways incorporated unique mixes of new and old ideas, tailored for the needs of specific types of urban areas, showing that every type of city …

How the active many can overcome the ruthless few

By Bill McKibben in The Nation, 30 Nov 2016 Bill McKibben recently wrote about how he  “came, at the age of 27, to write The End of Nature. It owes more than a small debt to The Fate of the Earth, which let me feel it was possible and permitted to write about the largest questions in the largest ways….  We are …