TheCityFix Picks, January 21: Worst Commutes, Walking Millennials, Phantom Highways
Caribou coffee designs heated bus shelters to prote its new sandwich.
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...
Crowdsourcing Energy in Public Spaces
Crowdsourcing Energy in Public Spaces
The body heat of about 250,000 commuters in Stockholm’s Central Station is now being used to warm a building across the street. Engineers and designers in Sweden have figured out a way to harness the excess heat energy from the ...
Q&A with Mikael Colville-Andersen: The Controversy Over Bike Helmets
This interview is part of a series with sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. “Adding highway ...
Upcoming Event: Streetcar Happy Hour on H Street in D.C.
The District Department of Transportation unveiled its planned streetcar models for H Street. Photo by DDOTDC.
On Thursday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m., the Sierra Club’s Washington, D.C. Chapter will hold a streetcar happy hour at SOVA (1359 H Street NE). Please join fellow streetcar supporters to have a drink and celebrate recent streetcar successes while ...
Sustainable Transport Moves Center Stage as Brazil’s 2014 World Cup Looms
The 2014 World Cup presents an opportunity for Brazil to boost its sustainable transport infrastructure. Photo by Alicia Nijdam.
Originally posted on Smart + Connected Communities Institute by Laurence Cruz. Sustainable transport may not be the first thing people associate with Brazil—a country that typically calls up images of soccer, samba and coffee. But that may be about to ...
Friday Fun: Color-Changing Shirts Detect Carbon Monoxide
Graduate students at NYU's Tisch School have developed a device that can detect air pollution. Photo via FastCompany.
A pair of graduate students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sue Ngo and Niem Lam, have created a shirt that changes color when exposed to carbon monoxide.
Social Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: Cabs for the Disabled
A new venture in Hong Kong bring together social enterprise and transit access for the elderly and disabled. Photo by Ivars Krutainis.
Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk) is a startup that seeks to invest capital and provide capacity building and results measuring to social enterprises. The organization is currently working with a project called Diamond Cab – one of a number of ...
Q&A with Mikael Colville-Andersen: The Controversy Over Bike Helmets
To wear or not to wear? Photo by Jeremy Kunz.
This interview is part of a series with sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. “Adding highway ...
D.C. Area Boasts Residential Electric Car Charging Station
Photo by Portland General Electric.
A new development, owned by Equity Residential, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. will now have an electric car charging station in its garage.  Launched in conjunction with Car Charging Inc. the location appears to be “the first such charging ...
New Report: Biking Builds Jobs
Data from the report, "Estimating The Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, And Road Infrastructure."
Grist.org and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood have been writing about how building biking infrastructure spurs job growth in the wake of two inter-related studies. Nonmotorized transit projects create indirect, direct and induced jobs (i.e. growth in other ...