The World’s First Solar Road Is Producing More Energy Than Expected

DSC8910_kinderenvanboven2May 11, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “In its first six months of existence, the world’s first solar road is performing even better than developers thought.  The road, which opened in the Netherlands in November of last year, has produced more than 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy — enough to power a single small household for one year, according to Al-Jazeera America.”

The project’s creators didn’t expect such a high energy yield this quickly.
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Solar Panels on Sejong’s bike road

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Aerial view of the bicycle road between Daejeon and Sejong, both cities are located 2~3 hours south of Seoul. Solar panels not only generate power but also provide protection to cyclists from sun and rain. Taken by a drone camera in fall, see the golden rice fields!

*Video courtesy of Sejong

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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

January 13, 2015, www.fastcoexist.com | “Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.  After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn’t just the smog or the traffic deaths; in a city, cars aren’t even a convenient way to get around.”

 

Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.
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Hamburg Sets Out to Become a Car-Free City in 20 Years

plan envisages “eliminating the need for automobiles” within two decades.

February 19, 2014, www.whydontyoutrythis.com | “Hamburg city council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years.  In order to do so, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes in what is to become a large green network.”

“Hamburg Sets Out to Become a Car-Free City in 20 Years
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Hamburg City Council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order to do so, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and…”
amburg City Council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order to do so, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes in what is expected to become a large green network. In all, the Grunes Netz (Green Web) plan envisages “eliminating the need for automobiles” within two decades. Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/02/hamburg-sets-out-to-become-a-carfree-city-in-20-years.html
Hamburg City Council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order to do so, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes in what is expected to become a large green network. In all, the Grunes Netz (Green Web) plan envisages “eliminating the need for automobiles” within two decades. Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/02/hamburg-sets-out-to-become-a-carfree-city-in-20-years.html
Hamburg City Council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order to do so, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes in what is expected to become a large green network. In all, the Grunes Netz (Green Web) plan envisages “eliminating the need for automobiles” within two decades. Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/02/hamburg-sets-out-to-become-a-carfree-city-in-20-years.html
Hamburg City Council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order to do so, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes in what is expected to become a large green network. In all, the Grunes Netz (Green Web) plan envisages “eliminating the need for automobiles” within two decades. Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/02/hamburg-sets-out-to-become-a-carfree-city-in-20-years.html
Hamburg City Council has disclosed ambitious plans to divert most cars away from its main thoroughfares in twenty years. In order to do so, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes in what is expected to become a large green network. In all, the Grunes Netz (Green Web) plan envisages “eliminating the need for automobiles” within two decades. Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/02/hamburg-sets-out-to-become-a-carfree-city-in-20-years.html

Groningen: The World’s Most Bike-friendly City

October 30, 2013, www.shareable.net | “Once known as the ‘fortress of the north’ because it guarded the routes into Germany, Groningen, a Dutch college town, boasts the youngest population in the Netherlands. That might partially explain why 50% of the trips by its 195,000 residents are by bike. Half! And it has three times more bikes than cars.”

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Groningen: The World’s Most Bike-friendly City
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Top image: Bike parking at Groningen’s train station. Photo credit: Oldengarm.com. Once known as the “fortress of the north” because it guarded the routes into Germany, Groningen, a Dutch college town, boasts the youngest population in the Netherlands. That might partially explain why 50% of the tri…”
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San Francisco Bay Area Gears Up for Bike Sharing

August 13, 2013, ens-newswire.com | “The Bay Area Bike Share pilot program will go live on August 29 with 700 bikes at 70 stations in five cities – San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose.”

“700 bikes at 70 stations in five cities – San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose.
San Francisco Bay Area Gears Up for Bike Sharing -> 700 bikes at 70 stations in five cities
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Developing countries get a big investment in urban transportation

 

June 15, 2012, www.smartplanet.com| “While transportation projects are some of the most important investments a city can make they’re also some of the most expensive.  That’s why the Asian Development Bank announced at Rio+20, the United Nations conference on sustainable development, last week that they will join with seven of the world’s largest multilateral development banks to provide loans and grants totaling $175 billion over the next 10 years for urban transportation projects in developing countries.”

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The Asian Development Bank will provide loans and grants totaling $175 billion for transportation projects in developing countries.”

World Bicycle Relief – Win win for People and the Planet

aidforafrica.org | World Bicycle Relief provides bicycles and trains mechanics to service them in Africa to improve healthcare delivery, help children attend school, and improve economic development. Builds independence, livelihoods

 

Since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has distributed more than 60,000 bicycles to people in impoverished communities.
~ WIN-WIN FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
The path of a better way of life doesn’t need to be fueled by oil.
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Bicycle Buses Let Dutch Kids Pedal Together to School

March 6, 2012, www.treehugger.com | It’s been said that the most important lessons in life are not learned in the classroom, and perhaps in no place is that more true than in the Netherlands where the act of heading to school is itself so enriching. In an age of rising gas prices and skyrocketing cases of childhood obesity, Dutch educators have devised a wonderfully positive way to get kids to and from school — by letting them pedal there themselves on a brand new fleet of bicycle buses.

Cycling has long been the preferred way of commuting in the Netherlands, thanks in part to their world-class system of bike paths, but now even young schoolchildren can get in on the action. With the purchase of what may be the first-ever fleet of bicycle school buses, Dutch kids as young as 4 years old are experiencing just how fun and easy getting around without a car can be.

 

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It’s been said that the most important lessons in life are not learned in the classroom, and perhaps in no place is that more true than in the Netherlands where the act of heading to school is itself so enriching.
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