UPS rolls out first e-bike delivery in the United States

December 8, 2016 by  
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The United Parcel Service (UPS) recently announced their first e-bike delivery program in the United States. Continuing wide-ranging sustainability efforts, the company chose Portland , Oregon to host their environmentally-conscious program. 109 years ago, UPS got its start delivering messages and packages via bicycle . Although the company eventually steered towards delivery by automobiles and airplanes, bikes may now be making a comeback, according to UPS Senior Vice President for Global Engineering and Sustainability Mark Wallace. On November 21, UPS’s special electronically-powered tricycle started making deliveries in Portland, a city the company chose because they already deliver via bicycle there seasonally. Related: This solar-powered e-bike has a top speed of 30 mph Portland mayor Charlie Hales said in a statement, “Portland, like all cities, is looking for ways to fight urban congestion and pollution. It’s great when a company like UPS brings us a unique solution that will help us combat climate change and protect the environment.” UPS’ e-bike could allow the company to ramp up sustainable delivery, as they can carry more, travel further, and navigate hills easier than traditional bikes. Deliverers can either pedal the bike or allow the electric motor powered by a battery to do the work. According to UPS, the e-bike is most energy-efficient when a human is pedaling and relying on battery power at the same time. UPS tested e-bike delivery service in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, where they evaluated both bicycle and on-foot delivery methods. The successful experiment saw emissions reduced and traffic eased, according to UPS, and in 2015 it was announced the program would continue for two more years. UPS will now assess the e-bike’s design and reliability, and how well the bike fits into Portland. Should the pioneering pilot project work, the company hopes to deploy more e-bikes, possibly as soon as 2017. + United Parcel Service Images courtesy of United Parcel Service

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Coolpeds launches an affordable, lightweight and stylish $500 electric bike

June 29, 2016 by  
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Coolpeds is introducing what they believe is the world’s most affordable and lightweight electric bike . The Coolpeds iBike is ready to revolutionize the electric bike industry with its super light weight (about 28 lb), powerful 350 watt brushless motor, and front wheel drive system for safer and easier handling. The bike has a cool, retro style and the battery is even concealed in a leather-look pouch and will cost just $500. Now you can ride through town stylishly and effortlessly, surprising everyone with how you get there so fast and still look so good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP04MJeIZZs + Coolpeds on Prefundia

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INFOGRAPHIC: The worlds greatest sports stadiums and the architects behind them

June 29, 2016 by  
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With UEFA underway and the Rio Olympics just around the corner, it’s a fitting time to take a look at some of the world’s greatest stadiums ever built. RubberBond created an infographic that explores the best stadiums from around the world, from football and rugby to national and Olympic stadiums. You’ll find information on when the stadiums were built, the main designers and architects behind the stadium designs, and even interesting trivia and background information. + RubberBond

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Ikea Reveals Their New Electric Bicycle

May 27, 2014 by  
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Ikea has tried to change the way you eat , the way you shop and the way you light your home , and now the Swedish retailer is trying to change the way you travel. Ikea is launching an electric bike, dubbed the Folkvänlig, that will only set you back $1,000 (even less if you are an Ikea Family member). The bike will be released in Austria initially, features six different driving modes and a has top speed of 45 mph, which means that even longer commutes are do-able. Read the rest of Ikea Reveals Their New Electric Bicycle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electronic bicycle , electronic bike , environmentally friendly bicycle , environmentally friendly bike , environmentally friendly commute , environmentally friendly transport , folkvanlig , green bicycle , green bike , green commute , green transport , ikea , Ikea eBike , Ikea electric bike , Ikea environmentally friendly , Ikea folkvanlig , ikea green , ikea sustainability

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Self-Assembled Sandwichbike Starts Shipping Next Month

November 27, 2013 by  
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The much anticipated Sandwichbike , which can be assembled like a piece of IKEA furniture, will start shipping this December. Designed by Bastens Leijh’s Dutch studio Bleijh Industrial , the bike will be shipped within a 17kg case containing a CNC-milled beech plywood frame that sandwiches the wheels and is locked in place using hand-milled aluminum cylinders. Read the rest of Self-Assembled Sandwichbike Starts Shipping Next Month Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle design , Bike that puts together like IKEA furniture , Bleijh Industrial Design Studio , CNC-milled bike , easy to assemble bike , ergonomic design bike , green bicycle design , green bike , plywood bike , Sandwichbike , self-assembled bike , wooden bikes        

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Renzo Piano Completes Energy-Efficient Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth

November 27, 2013 by  
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Pietro Russomanno’s BKR Concept Bike Has a Sturdy Wood Frame

April 11, 2013 by  
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The BKR is a concept bicycle by Pietro Russomanno with a sturdy, malleable, and elastic wood frame. The bike’s skeleton is crafted from plywood with inert rubber gaskets sandwiched in for effect. The cycle features an innovative ‘Easy Saddle’ system that allows the rider to change the height of the seat by simply pushing a button. A specifically designed dynamo on the front wheel generates energy and transmits speed/distance information directly to a Smartphone dock on the handlebars. + Pietro Russomanno Via Yanko Design 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: bicycle , BKR , cycling , green bike , green design , green transportation , Pietro Russomanno , sustainable design , wood bicycle , wood bike        

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Speedy Axalko Wooden Bicycle Is Handcrafted From Ash Wood in Spain

April 17, 2012 by  
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Axalko’s stunning wooden bicycle is truly a work of art, handcrafted from ash wood into a beautiful piece of functional design. Aptly named after a quick-witted fox from a childhood fable, the Axalko bike boasts a lightweight hollow frame and micro-lamination for improved resistance. The bike is the inspired design of two brothers, Aitzol and Andoitz Tellería, who joined forces with Enrique Ardura in the north of Spain six years ago to test the natural durability of the ash wood, and to construct a bicycle that would be both fast and sturdy. Read the rest of Speedy Axalko Wooden Bicycle Is Handcrafted From Ash Wood in Spain Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ash wood bike , Axalko bikes , Cooperativa Txirbil , eco transport , eco-design bicycle , green bike , green bike design , Maite Felices , spain design , sustainable bikes , sustainable transportation , wooden bicycle

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’85 Lamps’ Chandelier by Droog Gets Eco-Friendly LED Update

April 17, 2012 by  
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LED light bulbs have been lighting up everything from  homes to  art installations , and this eco-friendly alternative to the incandescent really shines bright with the iconic 85 Lamps chandelier designed by Rodi Graumans for Droog Design .The chandelier first hit the market in 1993 and became a instant classic with its nod to high-tech architecture . With its functional elements completely on display, this stylish design makes for an eye-catching and playful centerpiece. Read the rest of ’85 Lamps’ Chandelier by Droog Gets Eco-Friendly LED Update Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , Droog Design , efficient bulbs , efficient lighting , green products , incandescent bulbs , LED bulbs , Rodi Graumans

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Henning Larsen Architects Win Comeptition to Design New Emmen Theater and Zoo

April 17, 2012 by  
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Henning Larsen Architects , working in partnership with the Dutch Van der Berg Groep, have won first prize in the competition to design a new Theater and Zoo entrance in Emmen, The Netherlands. The 16,000 square meter facility will provide flexible exhibition and conference spaces with two performance stages. The ingenious geometric forms of the structure work with the surrounding landscape and natural environment to create an energy-efficient space that promises to provide a dramatic entrance to the 10-hectare wildlife park. Read the rest of Henning Larsen Architects Win Comeptition to Design New Emmen Theater and Zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , architecture competition , Emmen Theater , Emmen Zoo , Henning Larsen Architecture

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