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Green Lanterns: Which Cities Lead the Way With LED Streetlamps?

Bad drivers and good energy designers alike have a thing for urban streetlights

Though they may go unnoticed by most, us bad drivers have a special affection for streetlights. If you’re like me, and you occasionally forget to turn on your headlights because you learned to drive on a car that lit them automatically and turning them on yourself seems really complicated, streetlights may be all that stand between you and an accident. Cities all over the world are having the same bright idea: Installing super efficient street lighting saves both energy and money (not to mention lives), making it a win-win for everyone.

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Should Cyclists Need Licenses to Ride? Portland Weighs the Question

A proposed ballot initiative is raising the hackles of the bike mob, but could it be an opportunity to pressure for dramatic infrastructure upgrades?

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There's a rumble brewing over in Portlandia and the national bike community is paying attention. With a through-the-looking-glass perspective that perhaps could only be possible in bike-mad Portland, local business owner, Bob Huckaby, thinks the local bike boom has taxed a city infrastructure that can no longer keep up. His solution: mandate licenses for every cyclist without a drivers license and put license plates on every bike.

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Biking Saves Americans $4.6 Billion Each Year

A rider only saves a dollar or so for each trip by bike. But over time, those savings add up.

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In New York City recently, when the government announced the details of its bike share plan, the city collectively whined. An annual membership, which will cost $95, was too expensive. The fees for trips that ran over 45 minutes were too expensive. The whole idea was too expensive.

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Climate Change Will Ruin Your WiFi Connection (And Much More Important Things)

A new UK government report warns that your wireless internet connection is at risk from global warming. If only that was the only problem.


According to the Guardian, climate change might make our WiFi connections worse. Maybe now the kids will pay attention. (Actually, it's not the kids we have to worry about. But, perhaps, the rest of you easily distracted internet denizens.)

Wi-fi internet access and other communications are at risk from global warming unless measures are taken to protect them from rising temperatures and stormier weather, a government report warned on Monday...

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Are RV Parks Our Best Electric Car Charging Network?

RV parks, as it turns out, already have EV-ready, high-output electrical connections. Electric car enthusiasts rejoice?


One big question facing the early adopters of the electric car: Where do I charge the thing? Many cities are working to build a network of charging stations, but it will be years before even the most aggressive efforts result in anything as ubiquitous and convenient as the gas station.

So maybe we repurpose existing facilities in the meantime. RV parks, as it turns out, already have EV-ready, high-output electrical connections, and electric car owners have noticed:

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GOOD Design Daily: Buy a Print, Support the Film Urbanized

Support Gary Hustwit's newest film about the design of cities by purchasing one of these beautiful prints by the U.K.-based firm Build.



The final film in director Gary Hustwit's "design trilogy" is the new documentary Urbanized, which focuses on the design of our cities. You'll remember that Hustwit made two of what are almost certainly the very best design documentaries we've ever seen, Helvetica (about type and graphic design) and Objectified (about product design). And now, as he ventures out into the urban environment, he's enlisted the U.K.-based firm Build to create four posters promoting the film.

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