Posts tagged with 'innovation'
Google Awards $1 Million to Shweeb
Google Awards $1 Million to Shweeb
Google finally announced the winners of its Project 10100, awarding $10 million to five organizations that have ideas to help change the world. People from more than 170 countries submitted more than 150,000 ideas, which Google narrowed down to 16 ...
In London, Bike Sharing Just Got Even More Efficient
In London, Bike Sharing Just Got Even More Efficient
City University London’s School of Informatics uses Geographic Information System (GIS) to map in real-time the city’s new shared bike system, Barclays Cycle Hire, to help predict and document bike usage and availability at each of the system’s 400 planned ...
Getting the Youth of Today Involved in Public Transportation for Tomorrow
Getting the Youth of Today Involved in Public Transportation for Tomorrow
Informed and engaged young people are key to moving transportation issues forward, bringing future advocates, citizens and practitioners into the next wave of transportation issues and smart transportation planning. This is especially important considering that the majority of youth – 85 ...
Visa Brings Mobile Phones and Contactless Payment to Transit
Visa Brings Mobile Phones and Contactless Payment to Transit
Riders will now be able to pay for public transportation and taxis in New York City and Los Angeles using cell phones or credit cards. Visa Inc. recently announced the new technology in a press release: “Transit agencies the world over ...
Following the Flow of the People with Crosswalks
Following the Flow of the People with Crosswalks
We all know that crosswalks facilitate the safe movement of pedestrians across streets. We should heed them, walk within them and avoid jaywalking. A number of designers are rethinking the traditional concept of the crosswalk in favor of designs that ...
Dimming the Lights in Cities to Improve Quality of Life
Dimming the Lights in Cities to Improve Quality of Life
We often don’t think of how we light our cities, but lighting in urban environments is an important piece of city design and residential safety.  Our relationship with space and each other is largely influenced by light. It provides safety; ...
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
What are your favorite business and public service ideas that use bikes? We’ve profiled several examples, from mobile schools in the slums of India to FedEx Corp.’s electric tricycle delivery service. There are businesses like MetroPedal Power in Boston, which ...
Government by the People: The Importance of Public Engagement
Government by the People: The Importance of Public Engagement
According to a recent report from the National League of Cities, 75% of American cities report an overall worsening of economic conditions and 68% have shelved or canceled capital projects. Cities are hurting and officials are asking “What to do?” ...
Friday Fun: Chinese Solution to Transit
Friday Fun: Chinese Solution to Transit
Why is this Friday Fun? Because we think it’s kind of a joke! Engadget reported earlier this week on plans for a new Chinese bus that drives over cars, saying the idea for “huge friggin’ buses engulfing smaller cars … actually makes ...
Using Facebook to Fight Dangerous Driving in Delhi
Using Facebook to Fight Dangerous Driving in Delhi
With just 5,000 traffic officers in a city of 12 million people, Delhi Traffic Police are enlisting the help of Facebook to crack down on traffic violations, as reported in The New York Times today. The DTP created a Facebook ...
New York Subway Getting Wired
New York Subway Getting Wired
New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has been testing Wi-Fi technology and cellular service in its subway system for a few years now. And back in 2007, the city made a deal with Transit Wireless to wire all of ...
Mobile Apps Work to Make Walking Safer
Mobile Apps Work to Make Walking Safer
By now, the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving have been well-established. Nearly 30 percent of traffic accidents occur while people are talking or texting. But what about pedestrians and bikers? More and more, distracted pedestrians ...
Need a Cab in NYC? Use Weeels!
Need a Cab in NYC? Use Weeels!
Nope, it’s not a typo! We’re talkin’ about Weeels, a new online tool to help you “save time, save money, save energy and save space” by finding people to share a cab with you. Here’s how it works: First, you download ...
Real-Time Informatics for a "New Soft City"
Real-Time Informatics for a "New Soft City"
What if cities could talk? Or transit systems could tell you how they’re feeling? Sounds crazy, but it’s not that far-fetched. “Urban informatics” could change the way people understand and interact with cities, says Dan Hill, a designer, urbanist and ...
Recycled Printer Cartridges Pave Bike Path
Recycled Printer Cartridges Pave Bike Path
The next time your printer cartridge runs out of ink at just the wrong moment, remember this story – and recycle it. A new bike path made with Replas recycled plastics – mostly recycled printer cartridges – opened recently in Central Australia, stretching ...
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