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Copenhagen Gets Bicycles of the Future

A new, multi-faceted project by MIT's SENSEable City Lab will give Copenhagen a host of new high-tech tools to make biking in the city easier and...


A new, multi-faceted project by MIT's SENSEable City Lab will give Copenhagen a host of new high-tech tools to make biking in the city easier and friendlier.The "SmartBiking" project will use "smart tags" (which, we assume, are actual physical transmitters you'd stick on your bike) to feed information to an online dashboard that will provide realtime stats on how many total miles are being biked, how much money is thereby being saved, and where the bike traffic is. There's also a Facebook application called "I Crossed Your Path" bikers can use to get in touch with other interesting or attractive commuters they see on the streets. They're even working on a wheel you can retrofit your ride with (pictured) that works like a Prius, saving and storing the kinetic energy from braking.MIT has a news story on the program. Check out the Smart Biking website at senseable.mit.edu/copencycle. We recommend this video though, which makes us want to ride around Copenhagen listening to Yo La Tengo.
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