Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
“We notice very often that our Dutch customers are looking for pieces which are not only beautiful, wearable from day to night, occasionally sexy and unique, but they should also be handy for cycling”, says Angelika Groenendijk, founder of YDU. “With Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show we want to make a statement: Biking doesn’t necessarily mean plastic rain ponchos and rubber boots – it can be stylish and practical at the same time. YDU will present an ‘amsterdamized’ collection for women who are biking to different destinations: For the ‘ lady on her way to a first date’ or the ‘party night’, the ‘opera visit’, the ‘shopping with the girls’ experience and many more.”Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show will bike through the city along various spots.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Cities are changing fast and a few arguments show that: Car sales have dropped in Europe with 8 % in the last month; Car industry disassociates with SUV; Car companies focus on electric cars; Petrol price has passed $4 per gallon in USA; $11 in Europe; Congestion on the rise, infrastructure overheated; Public Bike systems in over 140 cities now ; Waiting list for bikes in New York; Overbooked trains in the USA; Price of donkeys in Turkey on the rise. Local arguments become more compelling: obesity, diabetis, noise, asthma, sleep disorders; Global arguments are felt: climate change, air polution, CO2 emission,
Economic arguments for change emerge like Emission Rights trade; New ways of energy generation: solar/wind/tidal/sweet & salt waterBuilding permits; Floods / nature disasters; Cradle to Cradle; ‘Dump the pump’ behaviour all over the world ; New modes of transport are out there.
Better understand Sustainable Mobility as a political choice for a level of long term balance between: emission rich modes, emission poor modes and emission free modes; at the same time aiming at a mix of mobility modes in economic terms, environmental terms and terms of social justice. See the IAMSTERDAM / AC2S power point presentation.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The French capital will get 4,000 electric hire cars to expand on the successful bike pick up scheme. Not everybody is happy with this new transport system. Environmentalists have offered the plans a lukewarm greeting, claiming the scheme could undermine the popularity of Vélib bicycles in Paris and add to congestion. Read more in Bike Europe. The key issues of sustainable mobility are: energy, environment and safety. Therefore developing clean, efficient and intelligent vehicles, including battery electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles is necessary. The two major environmental risks affecting sustainability in the production of electricity using fossil fuels are green house effect and acid rain. The basic requirement of power electronic for electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles are: high energy density, high power density, high efficiency over wide speed and torque range, frequent start stop, continuous dynamic, capable working under severe ambient temperature and vibration environment, compatible EMI-EMC, high reliability, high endurance, and reasonable cost.