The U.S. bike sharing fleet has doubled this year as the concept has taken off in New York City and other major urban centers, providing a low-cost, low-carbon way to hop around congested cities.
Bicyclists, a pair of inventors in San Francisco are on the verge of making your life easier. The Siva Cycle Atom will capture kinetic energy from your ride and store it in a battery pack that you can use to charge your phone, tablet or other electronic device, via USB. Neat huh?
May is Bike Month. These videos review some of the cutting-edge options for serious bike commuters — or for people who just want to tool around town without burning fossil fuels. We’ve included an electric bike, a foldable commuter, a homemade electric bike, a three-wheeler and a surprise.
Its creators call it an Organic Transit Vehicle (OTV), a “new class of velomobile” that’s positioned somewhere between a bike and a mini-car.
The game-changing aspect of this newfangled vehicle, one model of which is called the ELF, is that its carbon footprint is near zero.
The Clinton Global Initiative is literally all over the map — working to solve poverty, promote peace, improve lives and curb pollution around the world.
But the CGI has always recognized that climate change is an overarching problem that must be addressed, or all other goals for bettering human existence will not matter.
And so, the promise of electric and other low-carbon transportation basked in a moment at the 2010 CGI meeting. Former Costa Rica President José María Figueres presented awards to several innovators for transportation advancements that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Recipients included:
By Clint Williams
Green Right Now
People going green are turning to gasoline-electric hybrid automobiles like the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight or any number of hybrids offered by General Motors for transportation. But folks really serious about saving gasoline and money will want to consider the latest alternatives to gasoline – electric hybrids – sweat-electric hybrids.
The latest generation of electric-hybrid bicycles is arriving at a bike shop near you. Major bicycle makers Giant and Schwinn (who can forget the Stingray?) have recently introduced cutting-edge hybrid bikes that seamlessly harness battery power and pedal power, making biking to work easy as the breeze in your hair.
The new offerings from the bike big boys promise to nudge so-called e-bikes from the eddy of the eccentric into the mainstream. E-Bike sales in the US are projected to hit 220,000 units in 2009, up 83 percent from 2007 sales, according to the Electric Bikes Worldwide Report, 2008 Update. In Europe, sales this year are expected to hit 750,000 – three times 2007 sales.
“We’re seeing huge growth,” says Pantea Mavaddat, marketing director of Currie Technologies, maker of the Izip line of hybrid bikes.
Biking. It’s not just for hearty commuters and weekend racers anymore. With the energy pinch on, people are finding more uses for two- or three-wheeling, whether it’s puttering to school or the grocery. Even businesses are finding ways that bikes can solve problems.
Take City Harvest in New York City. The food rescue agency collects leftovers and unwanted produce from farmer’s markets, restaurants and groceries, and delivers it to various agencies and soup kitchens serving the poor and displaced.