The Future of Transportation. 1. Sustainability

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Why do sustainable transport innovations flourish in some places and not in others?

“First, it becomes clear that a sustainable mobility transition involves much more than innovations in transport technology and existing transport companies. A shift to electric vehicles would have significant implications for the electricity system; an increase in the use of biofuels would have major implications for agriculture. The potential for information and communication technologies (ICT) for more intelligent transport systems brings major ICT companies into the mobility system. The potential for reductions in the need to travel, or distances travelled extends into the ways that work and shopping are organised, and to opportunities for urban planners to design more compact cities.”

A modest proposal: Ban cars.

“But it’s not just about banning cars. Cities also have to help their citizens live without a car. This means they must approve taller buildings, get rid of parking minimums, and expand public transit options. Build rail instead of roads. Turn gas stations into bike kiosks. Convert parking lots to sidewalks.”

Smart Cities are Beginning to Adopt Electric Scooters as the Future of Transport

“By 2025 the number of smart cities around the world is predicted to quadruple from 2013, from 21 to 88. Gogoro is an electric scooter and energy company that is helping to lead this transformation by making megacities more connected, sustainable, and smart.”

Electric cars won’t save our cities

“Perhaps the most obvious reason people get excited about electric vehicles is pollution. (…)but as well as being cleaner, are electric vehicles also greener? That’s a different question – one to which the answer is entirely dependent on how the nation generates its electricity.”

Germany Launches Its National ‘Bike Autobahn’ Cycle Network

“Last month, Germany opened its first stretch of “bike autobahn,” a cycle route that will eventually cover 100 kilometers (62 miles) between the northwestern cities of Duisburg and Hamm. The autobahn moniker (the German term is actually radschnellweg) may sound over the top given that so far just five kilometers of the route have been launched. But the plan’s ultimate scale and ambition is not to be denied.”

Why Japan wants to transform into a ‘hydrogen society’

“The Japanese government has joined forces with some of the country’s biggest manufacturers to push for what it’s calling a “hydrogen society,” in which everything from buses to cars to homes are powered by the plentiful, zero-emission fuel.”

Norway’s capital wants to ban cars from its city center, once and for all

“It’s the beginning of the end for the automobile in Europe. Just weeks after Paris banned cars from its urban center for a day, the Norwegian capital of Oslo is now claiming that its own center will be permanently car-free by 2019.”

Madrid’s Bold New Pollution Plan: Ban Cars and Make Transit Free

“The city of Madrid is poised to enact some of the toughest anti-pollution laws in the world. When air quality drops beneath a new threshold, Spain’s capital will banish half the city’s cars from inner Madrid and introduce strict speed limits on the beltway. In an unusual spirit of municipal largesse, it will also make public transit entirely free to use for the day. Laboring under a reputation as one of Europe’s most congested, polluted capitals, Madrid could finally be about to clean up its act.”

From Copenhagen To Delhi: ‘Smart Cities’ Call For Smart Solutions – Like Cycling

“Every increase in motorized speed creates new demands on space and time. The use of the bicycle is self-limiting. It allows people to create a new relationship between their life-space and their life-time, between their territory and the pulse of their being, without destroying their inherited balance. The advantages of modern self-powered traffic are obvious, and ignored.” Ivan Illich.

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