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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 14:22
When Birmingham rolls out its new bike-share program this fall, it will be the first in North America to incorporate electric-assist bikes into its fleet. The program will launch in the city’s downtown core with 40 docking stations and 400 bikes, 100 of which will have battery-powered pedal assistance. Quebec-based manufacturer Bewegen is building the bike fleet and docking stations for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 14:16
Luxembourg has announced plans for a new cycle and pedestrian path that will be suspended beneath a bridge in the centre of Luxembourg City. The Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, announced the plans for the 'floating' walkway beneath the Pont Adolphe bridge, which is currently undergoing a three-year refurbishment. The path would hang directly underneath... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 10:09
The tragedy unfolding in Kathmandu and the rest of Nepal offers some stark lessons about the gravity of earthquake preparedness. Jo Scheuer writes in the Nikkei Asian Review that for disaster-risk experts, “the earthquake is no surprise.” He is director of climate change and disaster risk reduction at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley is densely populated... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 14:20
Scientists have designed a cheap and easy-to-use paper test card that uses colour coding to detect fake antimalarial drugs. To test a pill or tablet, it is crushed and swiped across the card that is then placed in water. After only three to five minutes, a pattern of coloured bars is revealed. The idea is that if this pattern differs from the unique colour barcode produced by pure samples of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:30
Paris has launched its 2015 - 2020 cycling strategy, which aims to double the length of the city's cycle network and triple the number of Parisians cycling every day. The strategy was developed with the input of almost 7 000 stakeholders in a consultation period from December 2014 to January 2015. 'We have organised our priorities in order to establish what improvements need to be made. Safety... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:14
Valencia's city council has expanded walking paths and reduced speed limits on roads to increase pedestrian safety and accessibility to neighbouring villages. The new pedestrian infrastructure, in the coastal area of El Saler, includes a new network of pedestrian routes covering 2.6km and 32 new pedestrian crossings. A further 85 parking spaces have also been created and the speed limits on one-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 11:19
A light, magnitude-3.9 earthquake shook the Los Angeles region early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake hit at 4:07 am (1107 GMT) at a depth of 6.1 miles (9.9 kilometers), with the epicenter near Culver City and Inglewood in southwest Los Angeles, the USGS said. The quake was widely felt in the heavily populated area, but "was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 11:05
US transport aircraft were to begin shuttling rescue teams and supplies on Monday to remote areas of Nepal that are desperately awaiting aid, nine days after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 7,300 people. The arrival late Sunday in Kathmandu of the United States Air Force C-17 aircraft and four tilt-rotor Ospreys gave another much-needed shot in the arm to the aid effort after a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 - 10:42
“Smart” cities that feature energy-efficient designs, newfangled technology and ample green space are the hottest trend in urban planning circles. But writing on GreenBiz, Mike Hower sees a worrisome pattern. While the need for cutting-edge cities is greatest in the Global South, most of the projects and financial muscle are focused on the wealthier Global North. Cities such as Barcelona,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 15:50
Story by Brandon Donnelly Electric and driverless vehicles, I believe, are a step in the right direction. I honestly believe that at some point in the not too distant future we’re going to look back at that time when people used to drive their own cars and wonder how we ever allowed that to happen. But fundamentally, I think there still remains a question of how best to plan our cities.  There’s... Read more