The energy transferred from biker to bike doesn’t necessarily have to create forward motion: it can be put to other uses. A few entrepreneurs around the world have seen the profit potential in pedaling: here are a handful of businesses powering themselves at least partially by human power.
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Want to drag that old bike out of the garage/basement/storage unit, and start riding it to work? Follow these tips to get that rusty cruiser back into safe riding condition.
A new report out from the Federal Highway Administration shows that investments in “nonmotorized transportation” – bike paths, sidewalks, trails, etc. – works: more people use this infrastructure when it’s available to them.
Cargo bikes are useful for all sorts of things. But for those trips which don’t require cargo capacity (most of them), do you really want to lug around that extra equipment? And if you’re only going to use it for some trips, do you really want to shell out the extra bucks for a cargo bike?
Are we Americans driving ourselves to obesity… literally? Yep, we love our cars here… but our reliance on them for nearly all of our transportation could be killing us… and costing us a ton of money.
No doubt, you’ve heard about efforts by bands/solo acts like Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow, Guster, and Maroon 5 to “green up” their tours and recordings. Biodiesel-powered tour buses, LED stage lights, and various forms of carbon offsets often play into these initiatives… but all of them could learn a thing or two about reducing their […]
A few months ago, I took note of Jay Walljasper’s arguments for public investment in bicycling infrastructure: in short, government spending on trails and bike lanes pays off in terms of increased ridership. That’s a good thing, of course — people are emitting less carbon and getting more exercise — but what about financial payoff? […]
We’re big fans of bicycling here at sustainablog: from the large scale economic and community impact, to smaller efforts that promote cycling and even incorporate it into unlikely activities. So when our friends at WellHome published this infographic yesterday on the present and future of bicycling, we had to share. How big is cycling now […]
Think of the city of Detroit and burned out and deserted… where it’s not crime-infested? Yes, the city’s had its ups and downs, but that hasn’t stopped residents from trying to raise the standard of living for all. For some in Detroit, that work involves advocating bicycling… as a way to save money, improve health, and […]
Even the most die-hard supporter of our current personal transportation infrastructure (essentially, roads and bridges designed for cars) will likely admit that bicycling (and walking) has some fundamental benefits: a very low environmental footprint, a lot of saved money for those using bikes for at least some of their transportation (though just how much savings […]
So we’ve all heard lots about the benefits of solar energy, but there’s another energy source you may have never considered harvesting: body heat. Yes, that’s right—your body could be expending usable energy right now as we speak. The “hybrid energy harvesting device” created by Fujitsu Laboratories would work with solar energy to complete a […]
Turning Waste into a Valued Resource Portland’s B-Line, a sustainable urban transportation service established in 2009, interrupts food destined for the landfill and delivers it to organizations who feed the needy. The “B-shares” program uses 600-pound capacity(!), electric-assisted cargo trikes to collects food from retailers and farmers’ markets and fills in the “last mile” of […]
You Can Help the Future of Biking: Sign the People for Bikes Petition By signing the petition at People For Bikes, you will add your voice to that of a million others to influence leaders in Congress as well as state and local governments to invest in biking infrastructure and programs. Making the world a […]