Copenhagen, one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, has begun turning its extensive network of bicycle paths into bike superhighways. The Danish capital has more bicycles than people, and cycling is so popular that the city’s numerous bike paths can become congested during peak time.
The proposed bike highways will be dotted with pit stops where it will be possible for cyclists to pump their tires and fix their bike chains. Moreover, synchronized traffic lights prioritizing bicycles over cars will bring riders from the suburbs into Copenhagen safely and more efficiently. Copenhagen’s municipal bicycle program manager hopes that the bike highways will reduce traffic and increase the percentage of suburban commuters cycling to and from the city to over 50 percent by 2015.
Copenhagen boasts 242 miles of bike paths making it one of the two Bicycle Capital cities in Europe, along with Amsterdam. Between 2006 and 2010, the city spent $44 million on bike infrastructure, and $13 million more is allotted for 2011. The first two city-to-suburb bicycle highways are due to open at the end of 2011, and reach a distance of nine miles from central Copenhagen. A third bike highways, going as far as 12 miles from the capital’s center, will be put into service in 2012.
In my use the Leaf will get infinite MPG. I won’t be buying gasoline for it (isn’t that the G in MPG??). Now, if we’re talking ‘miles per kilowatt’ (MPK) or ‘miles per kilo of carbon oxidized’ (MPKCO), then we’re comparing apples to apples. Calling it 99 MPG is inaccurate and retarded.
But then, first paragraph of article:
The Nissan Leaf, an electric car aimed at attracting environmentally conscious motorists, will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, based on government testing.
Just wondering now a bit of the technicalities, of how they equilivate (sp?) mpg to mpk. And will future EVs (electric vehicles) efficiency labels be tagged with mpk instead of mpg?
Anyway, one day last school year during which I lived in the Regents/Genesse area quite near school (UCSD campus) when I was walking in the Regents parking lot to get to the frequently-run shuttle that would take me to campus in about 7 mins (vs 15-20 mins walking), I found a shiny new Nissan Leaf in the concrete park along with a small circular track composed of orange safety cones and yellow caution tape for test-runs.
Nissan Leaf zero-emission tour at UCSD Regents parking lot. pics by me, 19.11.09.
I think the Leaf looks alright. A little weird, most people would say, but then how would one imagine a “futuristic” auto/typical concept car look like? But instead of using a battery that recharges with electricity, how about PVs (photovoltaics) solar panels to charge its battery? And a green paint job to make the name seem less arbitrarily chosen?
Dudes, and how about we get a bundle deal? The Nissan Leaf + the juicy thin actual solar-powered/solar-cell’ed (I’m not so technically familiar) Leaf bracelet mobile phone?
In a groundbreaking study conducted in 1969, Donald Appleyard, a professor of Urban Design at UC Berkeley, provided the first emperical evidence of the impact of traffic on neighborhood streets. In particular, he investigated 3 different streets in San Francisco that were chosen to be as identical as possible in every dimension except for one - the amount of traffic on each street. The study was able to show that just the mere presence of cars, with their implied aspects of danger, noise and pollution, crushes the quality of life in neighborhoods.
having traveled to quite a few places already in europe and couchsurfed twice, my desire to travel has grown even more. When I get back to the States I wanna CS in South Carolina and other southern states, the east coast, too, and some of the states in the Midwest (lol so basically what I mean is I want to go to every American state except for Texas. haha).
I don’t know how I’m going to stay put in SD when I get back. (hw, classes, grades, of course! x[ ) I wanna go places.
Workers hose water into the underground mixer as the truck empties its contents.
Right now, EBMUD receives around 30 tons of food waste a day, five days a week. But the agency is looking to increase this amount six-fold. By next spring, EBMUD’s engineers are expecting to ramp up to 200 tons of food waste a day. “Every molecule of methane that you destroy is a greenhouse gas that you have destroyed, that you haven’t let out into the atmosphere,” says Skoda as she stands in front of one of EBMUD’s massive digesters. “Here we capture it. And we are able to harness this power.” …
This experiment of creating electricity with food scraps is something that the EPA has watched closely. “If 50 percent of the food waste generated each year in the U.S. was anaerobically digested,” says Moreno, the EPA environmental scientist, “enough electricity would be generated to power over 2.5 million homes a year.”
We want to be known not just for what we consume, but for what we produce. And the more we export abroad, the more jobs we create in America. In fact, every $1 billion we export supports more than 5,000 jobs at home.
“There still exists a caricature of India as a land of call centers and back offices that cost American jobs,” he said. “That’s a real perception. But these old stereotypes, these old concerns ignore today’s reality: In 2010, trade between our countries is not just a one-way street of American jobs and companies moving to India. It is a dynamic, two-way relationship that is creating jobs, growth, and higher living standards in both our countries.”
In India, Obama Eases Rules on Technology Exports. 06.11.10.
These sorts of political equations have long tangled the U.S.-India relationship: … It has sometimes seemed like a relationship built around one country asking the other to do something it considers against its self-interest.
America and India: The Almost-Special Relationship. 06.11.10.
Obama to Visit India, and Both Sides Hope to Expand Ties. 04.11.10.
and one more, but not on the current Asia visit:
[…] All of the above is good for capitalism, and should end any serious-minded discussion about Obama the socialist. But more than anything, the fact that the president took on the structural flaws of a broken free enterprise system instead of focusing on things that the average voter could understand explains why his party was routed on Tuesday. Obama got on the wrong side of voter anxiety in a decade of diminished fortunes.
“We have done things that people don’t even know about,” Obama told Jon Stewart. Certainly. The three signature accomplishments of his first two years — a health care law that will make life easier for millions of people, financial reform that attempts to level the playing field with Wall Street, and the $814 billion stimulus package — have all been recast as big government blunders, rejected by the emerging majority.
How Obama Saved Capitalism and Lost the Midterms. 02.11.10.
Ok, actually, one more (I’m trying to catch up on reading a bit of news tonight):
The Focus Hocus-Pocus, by Paul Krugman. nytimes, 04.11.10. column about how Obama has done so far, how he should have been more aggressive in pursuing health care, recovery packages, …
lots of comments to read or at least skim through.
Guess what Republicans and Tea Party folks? This is MY country too. And I represent the other half of the voters who didn’t vote for you. I’m a tax payer from a state that sends a very large amount of money to most of the states that voted you in and where your constituents contribute nothing to the federal budget vs. what you get back. Where you all were only too happy to send out press releases touting where the stimulus dollars were helping out your district and states and doing photo ops for federally funded stimulus projects that employed your constituents. It was federal tax dollars from the “blue states” you despise — the folks you denigrate as “liberals” and “left wingers” whose money you’re spending on your bogus war and who are paying your salary and your health care benefits and pensions. We want a piece of the American pie too. So hands off my Obamacare! And do be sure to send a press release when you’ve figured out how you’re going to create jobs, give corporations even more benefits, and cut taxes while reducing government spending.