Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars

November 30, 2016 by  
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It’s no surprise that cycling is popular in Denmark but a new study shows the number of bikes in Copenhagen is now officially higher than the number of cars . The capital city has been tracking bike numbers manually for decades, and now 20 electric sensors across the city help count the number of cycles wheeling around the streets. Over the last year, an additional 35,080 bikes have been tallied, resulting in a total bike count of 265,700. That surpasses the city’s 252,600 cars by a hefty margin. Copenhagen’s bicycle count is the product of 20 electric sensors installed at city hall and around the city, which automatically tally bikes as they travel through the metropolitan area. The first such sensor was installed in 2009, with others added in the intervening years. Tracking bicycle traffic is just one facet of the government’s aim to encourage more urban cycling, and it’s working. Two-wheeled traffic has increased 68 percent over the past 20 years. Related: Copenhagen is building the craziest bike lane… ever The Danish government has plunked down some $143 million since 2005 in order to support cycling in the city and encourage more commuters to choose two-wheeled transportation. Bike and pedestrian-only bridges are among the added infrastructure that reduce car-bike incidents and help keep cyclists away from toxic vehicle exhaust . While bike traffic continues to increase (with a 15 percent spike in just the last year), car traffic is slowly falling, down 1 percent from a year ago. Copenhagen leadership isn’t finished, either. Morten Kabell, the current mayor of technical and environmental affairs, told the Guardian the city aims for 50 percent of all commutes to be made on bikes by 2025. Given that 41 percent of trips are already taken on two wheels, getting to 50 percent is well within the realm of possibility. A new metro expansion planned to open in 2019 could slow the increase of bike traffic, but Kabell doesn’t mind, since the metro is also an emissions-free form of transportation . “The important thing for me is to have a green transport system,” he said. “As long as it’s fossil-free and alleviates congestion and air pollution, I’m cool with that.” Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia ( 1 , 2 )

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Halfbike 2.1 combines all the best things about biking and running

May 27, 2016 by  
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Last year, Halfbike became the most funded vehicle on Kickstarter . Now, after refining and perfecting the original design, they are back with Halfbike 2.1. Combining all the best parts from bike riding , running and scooting, Halfbike is a completely new way to get around. According to the designers, Halfbike “awakens your natural instinct to move” and is as fun for commuting as it is for just riding around. To ride, you stand in a natural walking position, but unlike a bicycle or scooter, you use your entire body to move. It’s also foldable, compact and light, so you can take it anywhere. Check out all of the different styles and speeds and Halfbike.com . + Halfbike 2.1

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San Francisco’s first community-built living wall is a drought-resistant masterpiece

May 27, 2016 by  
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We’re talking about an enormous wall of plants in California, where a severe drought has robbed residents of much-needed water for several years. With that in mind, Heineman, SF Landscapes , Goldberg and her team at Planted Design created the 1,200-square-foot living mural from 3,200 drought-tolerant plants. The mural also includes an ingenious irrigation system, design by SF Landscapes , that collects and recycles rainwater using copper gutters and a 1,350-gallon recirculating rainwater collection tank. 200 feet of drip irrigation built into the living wall help keep the plants watered and happy in the midst of a California water shortage. Related: “World’s most environmental” restaurant opens in San Francisco In addition to being a sustainable masterpiece of ecological engineering, the greenery decorating the SafeHouse is also quite a sight to behold. The mural was carefully planned on a grid, much like a cross-stitch pattern, with undulating channels of varied colors leading from the sidewalk to the sky. The lush living wall has also created much-needed habitat for wildlife where none existed before, inviting birds, bees, and other critters to take up residency in the greenery, and a rooftop garden extends the greenery upward. The project interacts with the sense of smell, also. Yerba Buena, a native mint plant with little white flowers, was strategically placed over the doorway. The plant emits the aroma of mint, giving a little uplifting aromatherapy to those who enter the building. “As humans, most of us now spend 90 percent of our life surrounded by walls or commuting in a maze of concrete and metal, yet we all have an intrinsic need to connect with nature ,” said Goldberg. “When we’re around plants we literally breathe easier. Planted Design’s clients also see the value of plants, whether it’s greening an indoor workspace or giving life to a community wall, like the one we just built.” + Planted Design + The SafeHouse + SF Landscapes Images via Planted Design *There were originally several errors in this post, including the local of the building, which we have since updated and corrected. The building is located on 14th Street near the corner of Folsom Street. There are native plants included in the living wall, but also many non-native plants; including Yerba Buena, fescue, pine (!!!), oxalis , tansy, geraniums, and others. The design was a collaboration of several architects and landscape designers, including Zach Heineman, Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett, and Brett Stephens of SF Landscapes .

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Join Building Trust’s 2016 workshop for a chance to design + build a new school hall in Sierra Leone

May 27, 2016 by  
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Those looking to gain experience in the field of architecture and humanitarian design will have the chance to partake in a hands-on workshop to design and build a new school hall in Sierra Leone. The project, which has been in development with Building Trust International and We Yone Child Foundation for the past two years, will allow interested participants to gain experience in humanitarian design and several sustainable building techniques and architectural styles. Prospective designers and builders will have the opportunity to learn on-site skills such as cinva ram brick making (compressed stabilized earth bricks), wall building and brick laying with natural mortars, soil testing and stabilization, rammed earth form work and compacting, and lime plastering. Building Trust’s volunteer workshops are opportunities to meet fantastic people, learn new skills, visit fascinating locations and contribute to the empowerment of local communities and worthwhile causes. + Earth Design + Build Workshop Sierra Leone 2016 The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The world’s longest bike stretches an astonishing 117-feet

November 16, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. If you thought your bike commute was a challenge, imagine doing it on a 117-foot bike. The new winner of Guinness’ longest bike entry stretches out an astonishing 117 feet – longer than even the world’s longest limo. Despite its length, this bike still only needs two wheels to get going. Well, two wheels, and two riders – one to pedal from the back and one to steer in front – and a route that doesn’t require any turning. Read the rest of The world’s longest bike stretches an astonishing 117-feet

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This new folding Slider bike doubles as a scooter – and it fits practically anywhere

September 23, 2015 by  
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Sliders are ingenious vehicles that combine the concepts of a kick scooter and a folding bicycle to inspire a ride uniquely suited to the stop-and-go’s of urban environments. Sliders is focused on mobility, style, and convenience. It can be smoothly mounted and dismounted, kicked or pedaled. When not riding, it can be quickly folded up for easy transport or tucked away for storage. Folding process can reduce the storage volume by half. Now you can easily take it on the train, in a taxi, or into the office. Currently live on Kickstarter , Sliders is being offered to early birds for $499. + Sliders The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Vela is the bike of the future in the body of a classic cruiser

July 20, 2015 by  
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  Vela is the bike of the future, wrapped up in the body of a classic fixed-gear cruiser.  The beautiful, electric single-speed cruiser comes with a Li-ion 370Wh removable battery, GPS tracking, anti-theft alarm system, and a control panel with a USB port, battery life LED indicator, and charging port. With a battery  range of at least 20 miles and full charging in 90 minutes, it can take you anywhere you need to go. Users can track Vela via GPS on their Google Maps application – compatible with iOS and Android. An internal 100dB motion sensitive, remote controlled sound alarm activates if anyone tries to steal it, and the Pure Pedal Assist System allows a clean look without throttles or switches. In fact, all of the electronics – including the wires, connectors, circuits, and the battery – are inside the Chromoly Steel classic frame. Hop over to Vela to snap up one of your very own. + Vela Bike The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Collapsable Closca Fuga makes it easy to bring your helmet everywhere you go

July 18, 2015 by  
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If you bike often, you know what a pain it can be to figure out what to do with your helmet when you aren’t using it. Well worry no longer, because the collapsable Closca Fuga is the perfect solution. The stylish helmet collapses down into a manageable size so that it can easily fit in your bag without all the bulk. READ MORE >

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Apple Engineer Uses LEGO Bricks to Build “Hugo”-Inspired Machine That Writes Messages and Draws Pictures!

July 18, 2015 by  
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The Martin Scorsese film Hugo did something fantastic: it gave life to a machine. The automaton featured in the film mirrored technology that really existed in the 18th and 19th century–a time when many machines were designed to look like people or perform human-like tasks. The beautiful workings of the drawing machine in Hugo inspired Apple engineer Andrew Carol to attempt a recreation of the automaton–only he used a decidedly modern medium: LEGO bricks ! The result is an amazing, programmable machine that can write messages and draw pictures. All you have to do is turn the crank. Read the rest of Apple Engineer Uses LEGO Bricks to Build “Hugo”-Inspired Machine That Writes Messages and Draws Pictures!

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Johanson3?s electric cargo bikes are the perfect answer for the modern commute

January 8, 2015 by  
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Bike commuting is a great way to get around, but it can be limiting in terms of fashion choices and payload capacity.  Johanson3 is about hit the market with a new product range of 5 electric cargo bikes for people of all ages, with a high payload capacity and unique design that allows you to wear the clothes you love. The new line will have a vehicle to suit anyone, from kids and sports aficionados to military workers and the style-conscious. And unlike the traditional bike, you can wear a djellaba, sari, kimono, or a kilt and still move freely and carry your payload. Each bike is manufactured in US and gets you where you are going while looking good doing it. + Johanson3 The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see  your  story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike commute , bike commuting , electric bicycle , electric bike , electric bike commute , electric cargo bicycle , electric cargo bike , electric cargo bike commute , Johanson3 bike commute , Johanson3 cargo bike , Johanson3 electric bicycle , Johanson3 electric bike , Johanson3 electric cargo bicycle , Johnason3

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