80+1 » Traffic http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Over 1,200 new cars hit Beijing streets every day http://www.80plus1.org/blog/over-1200-new-cars-hit-beijing-streets-every-day http://www.80plus1.org/blog/over-1200-new-cars-hit-beijing-streets-every-day#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2009 12:55:09 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3362 According to the Agence France Presse, quoting Chinese state media agency Xinhua this past weekend, more than 1,200 new cars every single day. According to the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, there were 261,000 new vehicles registered in the first half…

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According to the Agence France Presse, quoting Chinese state media agency Xinhua this past weekend, more than 1,200 new cars every single day. According to the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, there were 261,000 new vehicles registered in the first half of 2009.

That’s a nine percent increase from the first half of 2008.

Given how fast China is booming, and sucking down energy faster than it can build power plants, traffic in Beijing must be horrendous.

According to the same Chinese government agency, around one of three Beijing residents has a driver’s license. Sadly, that office didn’t say how many illegal drivers there must be.

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Beautiful Voices - das BORG Honauerstraße http://www.80plus1.org/blog/beautiful-voices-das-borg-honauerstrasebeautiful-voices-das-borg-honauerstrase http://www.80plus1.org/blog/beautiful-voices-das-borg-honauerstrasebeautiful-voices-das-borg-honauerstrase#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2009 14:09:25 +0000 Sigrid http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3283 ]]> http://www.80plus1.org/blog/beautiful-voices-das-borg-honauerstrasebeautiful-voices-das-borg-honauerstrase/feed Formula E - A Treasure hunt on the frontier of technical knowledge http://www.80plus1.org/blog/formula-e-a-treasure-hunt-on-the-frontier-of-technical-knowledgedie-formel-e-eine-schnitzljagd-mit-modernster-technik http://www.80plus1.org/blog/formula-e-a-treasure-hunt-on-the-frontier-of-technical-knowledgedie-formel-e-eine-schnitzljagd-mit-modernster-technik#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2009 10:03:24 +0000 Sigrid http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3214

The vehicle is special, the way the questions are displayed are special: what is it? It is the first Formula E, a treasure hunt on the frontier of technical knowledge!

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(Deutsch) Die Formel E - eine Schnitzljagd mit modernster Technik http://www.80plus1.org/blog/die-formel-e-eine-schnitzljagd-mit-modernster-technik http://www.80plus1.org/blog/die-formel-e-eine-schnitzljagd-mit-modernster-technik#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:40:43 +0000 Sigrid http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2491 Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

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St. Gotthard Tunnel completes boring process on eastern side http://www.80plus1.org/blog/st-gotthard-tunnel-completes-boring-process-on-eastern-side http://www.80plus1.org/blog/st-gotthard-tunnel-completes-boring-process-on-eastern-side#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2009 14:10:53 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2154 I don’t know about you, but I find tunnel boring actually to be pretty exciting! I mean, you have to dig through massive amounts of rock in one of the best examples of human engineering and construction! What could be…

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I don’t know about you, but I find tunnel boring actually to be pretty exciting! I mean, you have to dig through massive amounts of rock in one of the best examples of human engineering and construction! What could be more exciting than humanity’s conquering of previous physical barriers?

Just a few weeks ago, Swiss engineers completed the eastern bore of the new rail St. Gotthard tunnel between Erstfeld and Amsteg. This is the second-to-last of five legs needed for the 153-kilometer long railway tunnel — due to open in 2017.

This leg covers a distance of 7.2 kilometers and was finished in only 18 months — a full six months ahead of schedule.

Clearly Swiss precision was in effect, as AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, the company in charge of the project, stated on its website: “Breakthrough of the tunnel was achieved with great accuracy, the deviation of 4 mm horizontally and 8 mm vertically was minimal. ”

The completion of the final section is schedule for completion by the end of 2011.

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Small-time bike sharing hits Collingswood, New Jersey (USA) http://www.80plus1.org/blog/small-time-bike-sharing-hits-collingswood-new-jersey-usa http://www.80plus1.org/blog/small-time-bike-sharing-hits-collingswood-new-jersey-usa#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 21:19:01 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=1519 While bike sharing began in Europe and has recently spread to North America, its largely only exists in big cities like Lyon or Montreal.

However, a Philadelphia suburb, Collingswood, is now well into its first year of a small bike-sharing program…

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While bike sharing began in Europe and has recently spread to North America, its largely only exists in big cities like Lyon or Montreal.

However, a Philadelphia suburb, Collingswood, is now well into its first year of a small bike-sharing program at the cost of $25 per year.

What’s interesting about this program is that it was started independently of any large-scale infrastructure that would normally be required, like in-street bike locks or electronic kiosks.

The Philadelphia Inquirer explains:

In October, about 40 riders circled the borough’s Knight Park on the rejuvenated bicycles - spray-painted an easily identifiable lime green - and their own wheels to introduce the program.

Since then, about 65 residents have signed up, paying the $25 annual fee to “check out” one bike for up to a year or to exchange cycles as often as they like. They’re encouraged to wear a helmet and offered discounts on locks and water bottles. Everill e-mails reminders about tune-ups. In all, Leonard estimates, about 250 people have participated.

Bike sharing - generally geared toward short-term use - is popular all over Europe. Sturdy cycles are locked to kiosks spread throughout cities such as Oslo, Barcelona, and Vienna. Paris launched one of the largest programs in 2007 with 20,000 bicycles. Programs are run by nonprofit groups and city governments, as well as for-profit companies such as Clear Channel Outdoor, that participate in exchange for advertising on shelters or benches.

At least 70 U.S. universities, including Drexel, run free and rental programs, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Washington, D.C., launched SmartBike last summer. Boston and San Francisco are investigating proposals, as is Philadelphia. A feasibility study is due to Mayor Nutter by fall.

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