The first were installed in France. Now short story dispensers – which choose a story based on the reading time selected – are spreading around the world, especially in the US.
San Francisco raises its bike lanes (and does much more)
These are San Francisco’s plans for 2016 as regard bicycles: construction of an elevated cycling lane, elimination of traffic deaths by 2024 and reduction of bike thefts.
San Francisco is the first US city to build an elevated cycling path. A raised bikeway has recently been constructed in Market Street, a traffic-congested street always packed with cyclists. The bicycle barometer, indeed, recorded as much as one million bike trips in Market Street last year. The raised bikeway generated discussions about the opportunity to create partially protected bike lanes. Some people say that the path, which is slightly raised from the pavement, doesn’t prevent drivers from parking in it.
Elevated cycling lanes, which have been built also in the Netherlands and Denmark, are still being tested in San Francisco. In fact, new designs are being experimented and a new survey was also conducted to determine which raised bicycle lanes will best serve the city’s cyclists.
San Francisco also planned to build eleven new cycling lanes in 2016. These projects are included in the Raised Bikeway Demonstration Project, estimated to be concluded by February 2016, along with the Vision Zero project, aimed to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024.
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San Francisco’s police also contribute to make the city bike-friendlier: there are police patrols, as well as a Twitter account to raise awareness of bike thefts. A GPS system connected to the police and installed in the bicycles is also available to recover stolen bikes.
San Francisco also has a public transport system that reaches out to those who travel by bike: there are buses equipped front-mounted bike racks, trains with a separate coach for bicycles, subways with spaces where there are no seats, for those who travel with a bike.
San Francisco bans plastic bottles, bringing the city closer to its goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020. Even if just a drop in the ocean, why is this measure so important?
The Bibliobicicleta project was realised by Alicia Tapia through crowdfunding. San Francisco citizens can borrow books or donate them.
Milan has announced one of Europe’s most ambitious mobility schemes, known as Strade Aperte (open roads). Its goal is to reduce cars in phase 2 of the lockdown by increasing bike lanes and pedestrian areas.
Formula 1, the world’s most important auto racing championship, has decided to turn the page and aim for carbon neutrality with the support of its teams, drivers and the whole racing circus.
From “hybrid” culture to the Olympics. Toyota and LifeGate, a decade together for sustainable mobility
Toyota and LifeGate began telling the story of hybrid mobility back in 2006, now, on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, they’re still treading the path of sustainable mobility. Here are the main steps of the journey.
After that the police of San Francisco enforced the law, cyclists “protested” by strictly abiding by the rules. But car drivers weren’t happy about it.
Nick Pourfard is a young designer from San Francisco who decided to combine his passion for music and skateboarding to produce guitars made from the wood of used skateboards.
Using an efficient technology platform, HandUp directly connects homeless people to potential donors who pay for specific items and services, showing that they care.