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CLIMATE AND TRANSPORTATION NON-STARTER IN CONGRESS
-> President Obama's proposal to impose a $10 tax on every barrel of oil and spend the money on advances in transportation is one of the most comprehensive attempts yet to address the climate impacts of moving people and freight from place to place. Linking climate policy and public works programs, however, is attempting to pave the way for a project not yet shovel-ready. No lame duck president whose party is the minority in both houses of Congress seriously expects dramatic, ideologically laden new policies to pass. And if there are two things that are hard to imagine Congress including in the budget for the fiscal year 2017, they are a broad new policy to control climate change and a big tax increase, let alone one hitting down-and-out producers of fossil fuels. http://bit.ly/1mlRjil
NEXT-GENERATION WORKFORCE INFLUENCE FUTURE TRANSPORTATION
-> The Role and Value of Transportation in America’s Economy report (http://bit.ly/1OEkiWv) highlights the need to develop a collective appreciation for the modern demands on the nation’s multimodal transportation system. One of the four thematic case studies reflective of the major sectors influencing current and future transportation is the next-generation workforce, or Millenials. This should be an important part of project planning and delivery discussions at state and local transportation agencies. Multiple studies have shown that Millenials exhibit a preference for urban residential and employment locations that offer multiple transportation options in addition to the car. This population group will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, clearly having a strong influence on future transportation trends. If decision makers truly want to prioritize job growth in cities and urban regions, they need to provide the transportation options desired by this population. Rather than producing the typical written report, this NCHRP project centers on an interactive website, short videos, and white papers to highlight these key economic and demographic sectors. http://bit.ly/20V8ruQ
VICTORIA, CANADA AIMS TO BE BEST SMALL CYCLING CITY IN THE WORLD
-> In a spring 2015 strategy session, the city of Victoria identified cycling not simply a tool for transportation, but also its potential to promote equity, affordability, tourism, community building, public health, and the quality of life of its residents. The resulting roadmap, called #Biketoria, is being championed by newly-elected Mayor who went on the record to state their city will become "the best small cycling city in the world." An RFP to achieve this calls for constructing a "minimum grid" of eight protected bike lanes – between 20 and 25 km. that would put nearly all of Victoria’s 82,000 residents within 400 m. of a route – before the end of 2018. http://bit.ly/1QShOc9
CYCLELOGISTICS EUROPEAN INNER CITY GOODS TRANSPORT BY BIKE
-> The "Recommendations on CycleLogistics for Cities" report (http://bit.ly/1WdVfxW), produced by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), collected experiences of cities, civil society, bicycle and delivery industry, and partners in EU-projects. It provides innovative and thought-provoking recommendations based on first-hand experiences that cities and municipalities have with Cyclelogistics solutions currently in place in many EU Member States. A growing number of European cities have demonstrated the effectiveness and benefits to citizens and businesses of making the shift from traditional motorized logistics to Cyclelogistics. Deliveries by (e-)cycles and (e-)cargo-cycles can contribute to CO2-free urban centers. The baseline study of the European project, named CycleLogistics, show the clear potential of logistics by cycle: 51% of all motorized private and commercial trips in European cities related to the transport of goods can be switched to bikes.
ONE-WHEEL MOTORIZED ELECTRIC BOARD
-> Check out a video about the one-wheel motorized electric board (1:40) The one-wheel board helps you balance with an accelerometer and gyro sensors. It can accelerate up to 15 MPH even uphill. Future Motion Founder and CEO Kyle Doerksen says "We live in a time where transportation really needs some disruption. You know there’s tons of cars on the road and a lot of pollution and so designing a new kind of electric vehicle and sneaking it into the world as a really fun new toy is really our vision." http://cnnmon.ie/1JTwvu0
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