Worlds largest bike parking garage opens in the Netherlands

August 11, 2017 by  
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Good news for cyclists in the Netherlands — which, to be honest, is pretty much everyone. The country just unveiled the world’s largest bike parking garage ! By the end of 2018 the 184,000-square-foot facility beneath Utrecht’s central train station will be able to hold 12,500 parked bikes. For years, bicycle enthusiasts have been urging the government to update its parking infrastructure . Martijn van Es, the spokesman for the Dutch cycling organization Fietsersbond, says the country could do much more to accommodate the growing volume of cyclists . He said, “They have been talking about updating the city since 1989. The infrastructure hasn’t changed enough. And there are a lot more cyclists today than there were, [and much of the infrastructure] was built in the 1980s.” Van Es has a point. Bicycles outnumber people in the Netherlands , and the average citizen cycles more than 600 miles a year. Additionally, over one-fourth of the population bikes to work. It’s because of this that parking garages such as the one in development are in high demand. Related: The Netherlands is converting prisons into homes for refugees The Guardian reports that the Utrecht train station is an ideal location for the parking garage, as 40 percent of commuters who arrive there do so by riding a bike. And, according to Tatjana Stenfert, the project manager at Utrecht station’s square, even more bike parking will be added to the area in the future. She said, “We will have 12,500 places by the end of 2018. But then we will have to do some research and find more places for the bikes . It never stops. I look around and everyone is trying hard to find spaces – trying hard and fast.” + CU2030 Via The Guardian , Curbed Images via CU2030

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PHOTOS: The most amazing Park(ing) Day 2015 parks from around the world

September 18, 2015 by  
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Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! This week we asked you to send in photos of the most amazing pop-up parks taking over parking spots near you – and today we’re publishing them for all the world to see. From San Francisco to Baltimore, Australia, Europe and beyond, click through our gallery to see all the fun ways people transformed bare patches of pavement into green urban oases. If you’d like to join in, there’s still time to contribute – send a photo to editor@inhabitat.com with a short description of the park and who created it and we’ll share it with our readers! You can also tag your Park(ing) Day photos with #Inhabitat on Facebook , Instagram , or Twitter . Read the rest of PHOTOS: The most amazing Park(ing) Day 2015 parks from around the world

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Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more

March 2, 2015 by  
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You know your bike culture is strong when people are having a hard time finding a place to park their rides – and that’s just what’s happening in Amsterdam right now. The Dutch city is having a hard time finding room for the 880,000 bikes that travel – and park – along its canals. In an effort to deal with the problem, Amsterdam is planning to create 40,000 new bike parking spaces by 2030. Read the rest of Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it’s building 40,000 more Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amsterdam , Amsterdam bicycle culture , Amsterdam bike commute , bicycle commuting , bicycle culture , bicycle infrastructure , bike commuting , bike commuting in the Netherlands , bike culture , bike riding , Netherlands biking , PARK(ing) , parking spaces , the netherlands

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SCAD Students Design Tiny Residences with Footprints No Bigger than a Parking Space

January 13, 2014 by  
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SCAD’s School of Building Arts students were challenged to develop a residential prototype that could inhabit the upper levels of the SCAD-Atlanta parking deck. Working with other programs at the institution—including service design, industrial design and design for sustainability—the units will be constructed and students will be given the opportunity to apply to live in the structures for two weeks. These micro homes have all the basic amenities of a typical home, from showers to kitchens to beds, in the footprint of a parking space. Students granted a space will have to participate in SCAD ‘s documentation, evaluation, and promotion of the SCADPad  experience through social media. + SCADPad 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: dorm design , dorm living , SCAD , SCAD Atlant , scad design , SCADPad , tiny apartment , tiny dorm , tiny house        

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Rancher Vows to Protect Hundreds of Fukushima Cows from Government Kill Order

January 13, 2014 by  
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Masami Yoshizawa used to raise cows for slaughter, but since the Fukushima disaster his only aim is to save them. He believes the Japanese government wants to kill the cows in order to erase the past, and lure the country back to its pre-accident nuclear status quo . The “Ranch of Hope” now home to more than 300 cows is guarded by a large bulldozer at its entrance, along with bleached cattle bones and handwritten protest signs designed to scare off agricultural officials. Read the rest of Rancher Vows to Protect Hundreds of Fukushima Cows from Government Kill Order Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contaminated cow farm , contaminated feed , Fukshima nuclear disaster , Fukushima abandoned cows , fukushima political protester , Japanese beef industry , Masami Yoshizawa , radioactive cows , The Ranch of Hope        

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Lush Living Wall Breathes Life into an Otherwise Dull Parking Garage in California

August 30, 2013 by  
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Designed by Seasons Natural Engineering , a lush and vibrant green wall breathes life into an otherwise dull parking garage in California. One of the largest living walls in the United States, this 4,000 square-foot green wall impressively weaves over forty different plant varieties into “Aqua Felt,” a specially engineered synthetic fabric that promotes healthier growth in vertical gardens. Read the rest of Lush Living Wall Breathes Life into an Otherwise Dull Parking Garage in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , aqua felt , edwards lifesciences , irvine , irvine green wall , parking garage , scott hutcheon , seasons natural engineering , vertical gardens        

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can a Thorny Devil Teach Us About Water Harvesting?

August 30, 2013 by  
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Image © Mark Roy One of Australia’s more bizarre creatures is the thorny devil or dragon, also known as the moloch. The devil is named for the ancient god Moloch, a hideous demon smeared with the blood of child sacrifice, but in reality, she is five inches long and lives entirely on ants. The thorny devil is, of course, covered in fearsome thorns, presumably to warn off would-be predators, but the spiky scales also serve another ingenious function. They form an incredibly efficient water harvesting system. What can we learn about water management in our own increasingly parched world? Find out in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual ! Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can a Thorny Devil Teach Us About Water Harvesting? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioinspired design , biomimicry , capillary action , green design , moloch , rain water collection system , rainwater catchment , The Biomimicry Manual , thorny devil        

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Sexy Hybrid Concept Coupé Previews Volvo’s Future

August 30, 2013 by  
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Volvo has unveiled its latest concept car, the Concept Coupé, which is a new hybrid vehicle that takes styling elements from Volvo’s past and at the same time previews the car manufacturer’s future. Volvo is calling the Concept Coupé its next-generation P1800 and it is also the first of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities of its new Scalable Product Architecture. Read the rest of Sexy Hybrid Concept Coupé Previews Volvo’s Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , electric motor , hybrid concept , volvo , volvo concept , volvo concept coupe , volvo hybrid concept , volvo P1800        

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New Parker Mobile App Gives Users Real-Time Parking Info

December 6, 2012 by  
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Circling, block after block, looking for a parking spot is a fact of life for urban drivers everywhere — but it doesn’t have to be. Smart parking startup Streetline has produced the Parker mobile app that will save you the hassle and tell you when parking spaces are available. The app promises to make parking much more efficient, saving drivers the headache of searching for parking, and preventing unnecessary pollution caused by circling. Streetline recently teamed up with communications giant  Cisco  to launch a pilot program in two towns in the San Francisco Bay Area — San Carlos and San Mateo — to test the technology. Read the rest of New Parker Mobile App Gives Users Real-Time Parking Info Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cisco , Cisco Systems , city planning , green transportation , intelligent cities , internet of things , PARK(ing) , parker app , san mateo , Smart Cities , smart parking , smarter cities , street parking , Streetline , urban parking , urban planning

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Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Project in Denmark

December 6, 2012 by  
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