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Monday News Roundup

Mar 19, 2012

Hope everyone had a fantastic St. Paddy’s Day weekend!

Here’s the roundup of last week’s most interesting articles:

Envisioning a Havana Bike Culture (Sustainable Cities Collective)
Cuba’s largest city, Havana, lacks a comprehensive sustainable transportation plan. Realistically, the city will not have the means for massive infrastructure for a number of years but cost effective alternatives exist, particularly in biking.

It’s easy to steal a bike in NYC  (
Casey Neistat tries to steal his own bike in several locations around NYC and finds it’s pretty easy…even if you’re doing so right in front of a police station.

Seattle Gets the Street View on the Quality of Its Lights  (The New York Times)
Enlisted by a consortium of power companies, consultants, the Department of Energy, the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Light, about 300 people were paid $40 each to spend an evening engaged in a civic version of the kind of debate that has taken place in households for some time now: what kind of light do you prefer: old and yellowy or a new and cool white?

Interactive Map Reveals Whether You’re One of 4 Million Americans Threatened by Sea Level Rise  (TreeHugger)
Scientists have been criticized—and have criticized themselves—for failing to do a better job of communicating the risks of global warming to an apathetic American public. A new report, entitled ‘Surging Seas’, has utilized a number of different tools in its authors and supporters’ efforts to carve out some media space for its findings.

SDOT Encouraging Applications for Intersection Murals to Help Calm Traffic (
Seattle Department of Transportation is encouraging neighborhoods to apply for funding to paint a street mural. SDOT says the intersection paintings can slow down traffic when there are no stop or yield signs, and helps bring neighbors together to plan and create the mural.

Why Mobility is Key in Helping the Urban Poor (Sustainable Cities Collective)
Healthcare, energy, education, financial services, agriculture, livelihood creation…social enterprises across the world operate in a wide span of sectors. There is a one lesser-talked-about area, however, that is vital to recognize because it affects the delivery of social impact in all of the above sectors—mobility.

Chicago Hops On Bike Sharing Phenomenon (Planetizen)
Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., of Portland and its equipment manufacturer, Public Bike System Co. have been selected over two competing bids to implement and operate a $21 million network beginning this summer.

Building Artificial Bones with the Help of LEGO Robots (Archetizer Blog)
In what looks like the summer science camps of your youth, researchers at Cambridge University have outfitted their laboratory with two units of LEGO Mindstorms robots, using the micro-structures to automate procedural work.