What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?

THE CITY NY Mag, Daily Intelligencer, 18 Jan 2018, by Justin Davidson http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/what-is-a-city-street-and-what-will-it-become.html Hey, that’s my block! In 2030 or so. Maybe. Photo-Illustration: Street Plans Collaborative/Carly Clark, via Streetopia The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries people, freight, and vehicles on its surface; water, sewage, power, …

Why bikes and e-bikes will eat cars: Cities should prepare for, and encourage, an electric bike revolution

By Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) on Treehugger.com Transportation / Bikes January 12, 2018 CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ e-bikes in Copenhagen It seems that all the news coming out of CES is about self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs), how everybody is working on them, and how they will make the world safe for them. But we have other options and other choices, and perhaps people should step …

Scorching Heat Melts Highway in Australia

By Lorraine Chow, January 2018  Extreme weather is blasting opposite ends of the globe. As the northeastern U.S. faces freezing winds and record snowfall, a “catastrophic” heat wave in Australia has prompted warnings of dangerous bushfire and has literally melted part of a busy highway. According to the New York Times, triple-digit temperatures reached “life-threatening levels” over the weekend in many parts of the …

Worst Case Effects of Hurricanes, Flooding, High Tides, and Sea Level Rise on DelDOT Assets

Delaware DOT and the University of Delaware, 2017 Draft Objectives What are the worst case effects of hurricanes, riverine flooding, high tides, and sea level rise inundation on DelDOT’s assets? The University of Delaware Water Resources Center (UDWRC) and Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research (CADSR) utilized climatic, hydrologic, hydraulic, and geographic information systems (GIS) data to document and …

Why ubiquitous broadband and green ICT go hand-in-hand

Utility/Smart City Dive, By Charles Despins, 15 Aug 2017 Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Charles Despins, co-chair of IEEE Green ICT Initiative. The opinions represented in this piece are independent of Smart Cities Dive’s views. Today, efforts to create “smart communities” bring critical trends, too often considered as unrelated, into sharper focus. However, the solutions to all of these trends – including …

Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

24 July 2017. By John Farrell The content that follows was originally published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance  If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state …

Offering coffee, store, and break space with fast charging

23 Sep 2017 by Kyle Field in Clean Technica – Tesla Exploring Opening Service Stations Alongside Superchargers Tesla is reportedly exploring the possibility of opening service stations to be co-located with its Superchargers, reports GrubStreet. The news came from Tesla Chief Technology Officer (CTO) JB Straubel who presented about industrial innovation this week at FSTEC, a conference that discusses the intersection of food …

Tesla plans to disconnect ‘almost all’ Superchargers from the grid and go solar+battery, says Elon Musk

Tesla plans to disconnect ‘almost all’ Superchargers from the grid and go solar+battery, says Elon Musk – By Fred Lambert  on Electrek, 9 June 2017 340 Comments Tesla has been talking about adding solar arrays and batteries to its Supercharger stations ever since announcing the fast-charging network in 2012. But only half a dozen stations or so out of the over 800 stations ended …

8 Bright Ideas for Driverless Cities

By Laura Bliss, 12 May 2017, City Lab Could self-driving cars bring on more affordable housing? Should car companies slap a “warning label” on private autos? At a national summit of mobility leaders, some big thoughts came up. It’s not easy to plan for a world-changing technology that’s both 4 and 40 years away.  But that was the charge to the …

When it is easy to drive, people jump in cars. When biking is better and faster, they’ll bike

Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) Transportation / Bikes September 21, 2017 © Carlton Reid/ empty bike lane under roundabout in Stevenage, UK  Chris Drew @chrisjamesdrew First time using the new Woodbine #biketo lanes. Thanks for supporting them @mary_margaret32! So much safer. cc @EMcMahonBurl #TOpoli 5:38 PM – Sep 18, 2017 · Toronto, Ontario But when it is slow and inconvenient to drive, even cranky right wing columnists turn to bikes. Where I live in Toronto, …