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Archive for September 2011

Walking: a means of transport like any other?

Walking: a means of transport like any other?

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.29.11

Rise and walk! This literary injunction sums up the comments made by the contributors to the conference “Developing walking in cities: pedestrian mobility, health and safety,” organised by the Certu on September 15th in Paris, right in the middle of the European Mobility Week. Excellent for health and environment, as much as for corner shops, walking gradually fits in urban transport and town-planning policies, like any other means of public transport.

An application to assess Parisian pedestrians’ level of exposure to pollution

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.28.11

What about going out for a walk in Paris depending on the level of pollution? It is now possible thanks to the “Votre air” (“Your air”) application prototype launched during the Futur en Seine festival last June.

CitéGreen gives brownie points to the best waste sorters

CitéGreen gives brownie points to the best waste sorters

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.28.11

The principle developped by CitéGreen is to reward the most virtuous actions: dumping one’s dangerous waste in waste reception centres, encouraging car sharing or car-pooling to get around, choosing a provider that promotes renewable energy sources or even sorting one’s packaging materials better.

Lean de vie is developing health solutions favouring good behaviours and prevention

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by Adrien Geneste | 09.26.11

Lean de vie is an innovative start-up offering a new vision of medicine. With the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” as a course of action to develop solutions favouring good behaviours and prevention, Professor Raoul Ghozlan and Doctor Corinne Ghozlan have emphasised a proactive health approach.

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Vélobox: bikes now parked vertically

Vélobox: bikes now parked vertically

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.23.11

An opportune moment? We’ll have to wait until Paris’ Fête du Vélo to view this first project by the city of Paris as part of its call for Intelligent Street Furniture. This next generation bike stand allows eight bikes to be parked protected from the elements in triangular boxes staggered along the curbside lane.

Travelers with a smartphone access to a serial thriller in public transports

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.22.11

It’s hard to make one’s voice heard in the midst of Mobility Week while all transport actors are vying for the stage. Veolia Transdev offers travelers with a smartphone access every day to a part of the serial thriller by Pierre Lemaitre, Les Grands Moyens.

Toulouse: some experiments prove inconclusive

Toulouse: some experiments prove inconclusive

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La Dépêche | 09.22.11 | Quick Read

For the past few years, Toulouse has been churning out experiments thanks to the driving force of Alexandre Marciel, the deputy mayor in charge of lighting and urban logistics. Often cited as a model for cities lacking inspiration, it remains to be shown that these experiments can become long-lasting innovations that will actually be used by inhabitants.

Pop-up kitchen tours the world promoting Singaporean cuisine

Pop-up kitchen tours the world promoting Singaporean cuisine

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by Reinier Evers | 09.21.11

There are many ways a country can promote itself to the rest of the world, including job contests and networks of virtual ambassadors. It wasn’t until just recently, however, that we came upon the likes of Singapore Takeout, a pop-up kitchen in a shipping container that’s traveling the world to promote Singaporean cuisine.

Minneapolis invents the bicycle kiosk

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.19.11

In the United States, Minneapolis is a cycling city par excellence. To help keep the later riding high a local company has invented the Bike Fixtation, a self-service kiosk dedicated to non-motorized two-wheelers.

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