Bike share systems for London and Boston

Both London and Boston announced this week that they will be installing a share bicycle scheme using the Bixi system that is used and made in Montreal.

The London (UK) scheme will be run by Serco for a cost of 140 million pounds over 6 years. The system will incorporate 400 docking stations across a 44 square kilometre travel zone.

On the same day the city of Boston announced that they were in negotiations with Public Bike System Co. – the makers of the Bixi system to install 290 stations and 2,500 bikes across the city by next summer.

Currently the manufacturer is working on solutions to the current issue in Montreal reported by La Presse in July that one in five bicycles have been vandalised.

SOURCE (London bike system): Reuters – Serco to run London’s new bike hire scheme

SOURCE (Boston bike system): NYTimes – Boston Gears Up for Biggest Bike-Sharing Program

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – amesis

Urban Wind Turbines installed in Portland

The first set of small-scale urban wind turbines in the U.S. are being installed in Portland atop the new Twelve|West tower this week. Today the Hoffman Construction should raise the final blades to the top of  Twelve|West a 22 storey office and residential building. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP, which designed the tower, has moved its corporate headquarters to the building.

SOURCE: Portland Business Journal

Britain’s streets revealed as no-go areas – Living Streets

Living Streets announced the findings of a report into street survey yesterday. The new report was to mark the 80th anniversary of the formation of Living Streets (formerly the Pedestrians Association), highlighted the changes in how streets are used.

Stating that almost half the children aged between 5-10 years old never play on their streets and that over 2/3 of the parents use the car or public transport to go to supermarkets as they were out of walking distance.

New research shows our streets are in danger of losing the social function they have had in the past, as they are shifted from social hubs for the community, into spaces considered no go areas for children.

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets said:

“Overall the research published today paints a bleak picture of how our streets have changed over the past 80 years. More than a quarter of people today know less than two of their neighbours, where as the majority of older respondents remember knowing at least 5 of their neighbours well when they had a young family. In addition to this, it is becoming increasingly rare to see children playing out on the streets. We have effectively designed ourselves out of our own communities through urban planning that has failed to prioritise people.

SOURCE: Living Streets

Pier 11 back on table

Metro International reports

PHILADELPHIA. Redevelopment of a 1-acre pier shooting into the Delaware River has been touted as a change for the better at the mostly-ignored waterfront …….

“There is a lot of physical problems why [development has] been difficult to achieve in the past not the least is the highway,” said James Corner of design firm Field Operations, which won the contract to redesign Pier 11……

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Metro – Pier 11 development is back on city’s radar

Vital wetland restored to natural glory

JournalLive reports

A 50-YEAR healing operation for internationally-important wetlands in the North has taken a major step forward.

A £700,000 project to push forward the restoration of the 12,000-year-old Border Mires has been completed nearly two years ahead of schedule. Over 2,500 acres of the Border Mires.

Read the full article and watch the video @ the SOURCE: JournalLive – News – Environment – Vital wetland restored to natural glory

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