Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

San Francisco Chronicle reports

San Francisco got a taste of modern bicycle sharing when a truck pulled into Golden Gate Park on Sunday and dropped off seven bikes attached to a unique pay station that was portable, wireless and juiced by solar panels.

For five hours, hundreds of park visitors tested out the Bixi system, which since May has allowed Montreal residents – with the swipe of a credit card or prepaid pass – to unlock a bike from one station and drop it off at another.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle – Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan may be ready for approval by late 2010

TahoeBonanza.com reports

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan could be in the hands of environmental consultant EDAW by next week, according to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials.

Now EDAW will review those options in addition to a project description and the proposed code changes needed to support the environmental policies that will eventually go to the TRPA Governing Board for approval.

SOURCE: TahoeBonanza.com – Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan may be ready for approval by October 2010

Urban gardens are changing the landscape of food

Rocky Mount Telegram reports

The most idealistic of advocates envision cities and towns that burst with food, be it from skyscraper roofs, apartment balconies, back alleys or repurposed plastic tubs. In this world, people plan their meals around what’s in season, relegating supermarket trips to coffee, wheat and other staples they can’t get within the region.

read more about the people converting grassy yards into thriving urban food gardens at the SOURCE: Rocky Mount Telegram – Urban gardens are changing the landscape of food

Idea of urban bike parks gains traction along Front Range – The Denver Post

The Denver Post reports

BOULDER — Skateboarders have their own concrete courtyards. Kayakers enjoy whitewater playparks in dozens of riverside towns. Now mountain bikers are getting their own in-town places to play.

A $4.1 million bike park under construction in Boulder, a half- dozen others already open, and circuits proposed for Golden and Denver mark yet another step in the park-and-play progression that has brought high-country sports to Colorado’s downtown landscapes.

read the full article at the SOURCE: The Denver Post – Idea of urban bike parks gains traction along Front Range

Changes to wetland rules take a coastal focus | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

PilotOnline.com reports

To developers, builders and landowners, his call is crucial. If deemed a wetland, the site will require state and federal environmental permits that can take months to obtain. Compensation for lost wetlands must be arranged before construction can begin.

Now, for the first time in two decades, federal guidelines for making wetland decisions have changed……

read the full article at the SOURCE: PilotOnline.com – Changes to wetland rules take a coastal focus

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