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     The first prototype was installed in Trondheim, Norway, in 1993. Since then, it's become a popular tourist attraction that's powered more than 200,000 cyclists up a 130-meter hill, with no accidents recorded...According to Ben Jose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, the adoption and success of CycloCable will be on the city's radar. Jose says San Francisco's prioritized facilities that help cyclists navigate the hillier parts of the city.

    Atlantic Cities
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    ...While the hell vision results in gridlock everywhere, this heaven vision takes all those personal cars — now parked 95 percent of the time — off the streets and out of garages. We can repurpose those lanes to trees, bike lanes, sidewalks, play spaces, bike parking, café expansion, community gardens, or even swimming pools. It's not too early to consider this alternative universe.

    Atlantic Cities
  • ...Another example of Skydeck technology at work is an innovative mass-transit bus tracking system developed by a professor and his graduate students in the College of Engineering. Via Analytics’ first paying customer was an international one — the Spanish city of San Sebastian — with follow-on deals in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. “We’re grateful to Skydeck for giving us a roof over our heads, but even better is the lack of walls inside,” says company CEO Dylan Saloner. “Interacting with the other teams here, and feeding off their energy, is just as important to us as the office space.”

    UC Berkeley News Center
  • A new state law requires Bay Area companies with 50 or more employees to offer commuter benefits to workers, a perk that some companies have provided on their own for years. The law, which may be the first of its kind in the nation, compels both private industry and public employers, with the threat of penalties, to help ease traffic and reduce greenhouse gases.

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat
  • ...A plan to speed up work on reducing global warming gases from the region's businesses, industries and residents was adopted Wednesday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board. Under one of the 10 measures, the district will review its industrial and business pollution rules to decide if changes are needed to cut down on carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases.

    Contra Costa Times
  • ...According to a recent report from Caltrans, 42,000 of the 50,000 miles of California highways, or 84 percent, are in good operating condition. That's a jump from 75 percent three years ago and means 4,500 more miles of smooth roads than in 2011...But state and local traffic officials caution that the news is mixed. A $3.9 billion infusion of cash over the past several years for paving is almost used up, and streets in many cities like San Jose and Oakland are in deplorable condition.

    Mercury News
  • One of the most oversold problems of everyday life in San Francisco is getting the realistic treatment it needs. Company shuttle buses, demonized by housing activists looking for a handy target, will operate under a pilot program that controls their impacts. It's a sensible plan to limit a modest problem blown out of proportion. To its credit, the Board of Supervisors approved the rules for an 18-month trial.

    SF Chronicle
  • Ratings of 34 child safety seats in frontal-impact crash tests, announced on Thursday by Consumer Reports, awarded the top ranking of Best to just 13 of the seats. A new testing procedure, said by the magazine to represent an investment of more than a half-million dollars and over two years of work, was developed to evaluate the crash protection provided by child seats. The results are intended to equip parents with the information needed to compare the safety level of seats, in this case those designed for infants.

    New York Times
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    National efforts in the last decade to clear the air of dangerous particulate matter have been so successful that most urban areas have already attained the next benchmark, according to new research by Rice University.

    Science Daily
  • What makes cities in India and China so frustrating to drive in -- heavy traffic, aggressive driving style, few freeways -- makes them ideal for saving fuel with hybrid vehicles, according to new research from the Lawrence Berkeley national Laboratory. In a pair of studies using real-world driving conditions, they found that hybrid cars are significantly more fuel-efficient in India and China than they are in the United States.

    Science Daily