Caltrans Adopts Statewide Bike and Pedestrian Plan

From: StreetsBlog Cal By Melanie Curry,May 23, 2017 Caltrans released the final draft of its first-ever statewide bike and pedestrian plan today. Toward an Active California outlines the policies and measures that the state can take to help reach its goals of increasing bicycling and walking in California while reducing fatalities among bike riders and people walking. The plan acknowledges …

35 Bold Ideas to Win the Clean Energy Race

An Interview with Amory Lovins and Jules Kortenhorst by Laurie Guevara-Stone, RMI, 31 May 2017 As RMI celebrates our 35th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, we are in a very exciting, but also very critical, time in our race to a clean energy future. We recently held a web discussion, 35 Bold Ideas to Win the Clean Energy Race, with RMI …

Researchers want to cut autonomous car testing time by 99%

From: Read Write By :RYAN MATTHEW PIERSON Researchers out of the University of Michigan believe they have developed a process by which autonomous cars can be tested thoroughly in a fraction of the time. In fact, their proposal would reduce autonomous car testing time by as much as 99%. Autonomous cars are coming, but how soon depends on factors like …

Highlights from Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg, Carl Pope

  (As part of a bottom up suggestion and presentation of ideas where the organization might focus next) Lawyer from the Midwest, Bruce Nilles, was proposing that the Sierra Club target the linchpin of the Bush administration’s energy proposal: building more than 150 new coal-fired power plants. Nilles pointed out that coal was the biggest source of climate pollution in …

Swiss pilot of CO2 capture from air

A Swiss company on Wednesday is set to become the world’s first to commercially remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into a useful product. Climeworks, which will begin operations at a facility near Zurich, Switzerland, plans to compress the CO2 it captures and use it as fertilizer to grow crops in greenhouses. The company wants to …

Boston Begins Test of All-Door Boarding on Bus Line

From: Next City BY RACHEL DOVEY | MAY 24, 2017 On Wednesday, Boston bus riders got a chance to start trying all-door boarding along parts of the Silver Line. A pilot program on several routes between Dudley Square and downtown runs until June 6 and is the result of a partnership with the city, Boston BRT and the Massachusetts Bay …

Transit Hubs: A Growing Lure for Developers

From: The Washington Post By JOE GOSE Rail stations, it turns out, are delivering much more than passengers to surrounding neighborhoods. Young workers who prefer to walk or take the train — rather than drive — to eat, work and shop are pushing up property values and reshaping the way developers approach their plans. Few places make this shift more …

UberPool is getting smarter in New York City — and less convenient

 From: The Verge by Andrew J. Hawkins While cheaper and increasingly popular with riders, UberPool continues to be stressful service for everyone involved. Riders are lured in by dirt-cheap prices, only to become aggravated by frequent detours to pick up new passengers. Drivers complain that UberPool often means more work without necessarily more pay. And Uber’s engineers have been wrestling …