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

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Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince – The Guardian

The Guardian reports

Five firms of architects closely allied to the Prince of Wales’s approach to architecture will compete to draw up plans for the vacant Chelsea barracks site in London, after the prince succeeded in blocking an earlier design that he deemed “unsuitable”.

SOURCE: The Guardian – Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince

Conservationist fears high-speed line will scar Chiltern landscape

Guardian.co.uk reports

White and his colleagues at the Chilterns Conservation Board, the public body responsible for protecting the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty, fear this bit of south Buckinghamshire could be “trashed” if the government goes ahead with its plan to drive a high-speed London-Birmingham line through the Chilterns.

SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk – Conservationist fears high-speed line will scar Chiltern landscape

Mayor (London) announces £4million plans to kick-start eco-innovation fund

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced proposals for a multi-million pound ‘London Green Fund’ to boost London’s low carbon economy, create jobs and tackle climate change.

The fund may also be targeted at decentralised energy and new waste technology initiatives – areas that have experienced difficulties in fulfilling their potential and would benefit from the fund’s pump priming function. The fund aims to leverage millions of pounds of private investment to enable the development of carbon-cutting infrastructure at the scale required to meet the Mayor’s 60 per cent carbon reduction target by 2025.

The green fund plans are contained in ‘Leading to a Greener London’, published by the Mayor detailing his environment and climate change priorities for London. The Mayor wants improve Londoners’ quality of life through an ambitious series of environmental improvements, tackling climate change, reducing pollution/improving air quality, consuming fewer resources and using resources more effectively which also exploit the new opportunities coming from developing a low carbon economy.

one of the pledges include:

Making London greener, cleaner and more civilised – 1500 of 10,000 new street trees already planted; 11 parks being revamped with £6million fund; Capital Growth delivering 2012 new food growing plots by 2012; expanding the East London across London; boosting green roofs and green walls; planning protection for existing green spaces; working with the boroughs to tackle litter, chewing gum and graffiti; boosting volunteering

SOURCE: Mayor of London

Dutch success in London – OKRA wins Croydon Competition


OKRA landscape architects have won the prestigious “International Urban Design Competition for Wellesley Road and Park Lane in Croydon” in London. Lead consultant OKRA participates in this project with Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Soundings. The ambition for Croydon is to transform the area, which counts 350.000 inhabitants, into London’s “third city”, complementary to Westminster and the City of London. The transformation of Wellesley Road and Park Lane, the central axis in Croydon, is one of the key projects in Croydon. The assignment is to create a vibrant centre of the monstrous main infrastructure that nowadays divides the centre in two parts.

SOURCE: OKRA and Building Design

For more information and the other competition entries including Field Operations, Edward Cullinan Architects and Hawkins Brown, go to City of Croydon Competition Page
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