Should Building Taller Be Much, Much Easier?
In early December, the city council of Austin, Texas, adopted an exhaustive downtown plan that will guide every element of the neighborhood’s transformation over the next 25 years, from its historic preservation policies to investments in workforce housing to parking and transit infrastructure. Amid all of those potentially touchy topics, though, the loudest row grew out of one program sketched on just five pages of the full 183-page document.
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Should Building Taller Be Much, Much Easier?

In early December, the city council of Austin, Texas, adopted an exhaustive downtown plan that will guide every element of the neighborhood’s transformation over the next 25 years, from its historic preservation policies to investments in workforce housing to parking and transit infrastructure. Amid all of those potentially touchy topics, though, the loudest row grew out of one program sketched on just five pages of the full 183-page document.

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San Francisco Parklets Provide New Public Waysides
San Francisco’s new parklets program is adding dozens of street-side public spaces for you to enjoy. This innovative initiative replaces parked cars with seating and landscaping, to the benefit of weary walkers and local businesses. Read more.
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San Francisco Parklets Provide New Public Waysides

San Francisco’s new parklets program is adding dozens of street-side public spaces for you to enjoy. This innovative initiative replaces parked cars with seating and landscaping, to the benefit of weary walkers and local businesses. Read more.

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The Urban Country Bicycle Blog: Americans Work 2 Hours Each Day To Pay For Their Cars
Imagine you could work 500 hours less every year. That works out to be an extra 12.5 weeks of vacation. Alternatively, imagine you got paid for an extra 500 hours of work each year, without having to work those extra 500 hours. 

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The Urban Country Bicycle Blog: Americans Work 2 Hours Each Day To Pay For Their Cars

Imagine you could work 500 hours less every year. That works out to be an extra 12.5 weeks of vacation. Alternatively, imagine you got paid for an extra 500 hours of work each year, without having to work those extra 500 hours. 

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Ideas for Cities: Spatially and Functionally Innovative Bicycle Parking | This Big City
The bicycle is an integral part of the sustainability strategy of many cities, but as its popularity as a mode of transport increases, so does the difficulty of accommodating it in urban areas. With this in mind, Kent-based organisation Cycle Pods have created an innovative portfolio of bicycle storage solutions, offering cities, companies, and schools a potential solution to their bike storage needs.
Their flagship product is the cyclepod. By storing bicycles in an upright manner, 8 bikes can be secured in a 2 metre diameter. Two locking points for each bicycle will satisfy the most security-conscious cyclist. A modular equivalent has also been spun-off from this product. Called the Spacepod, this variation comes in different shapes, allowing a bicycle park to be built along walls, around corners, or back to back. More suited for organisations looking to install bicycle parking for their employees, the Spacepod has many corporate users including The Guardian and KPMG.

Ideas for Cities: Spatially and Functionally Innovative Bicycle Parking | This Big City

The bicycle is an integral part of the sustainability strategy of many cities, but as its popularity as a mode of transport increases, so does the difficulty of accommodating it in urban areas. With this in mind, Kent-based organisation Cycle Pods have created an innovative portfolio of bicycle storage solutions, offering cities, companies, and schools a potential solution to their bike storage needs.

Their flagship product is the cyclepod. By storing bicycles in an upright manner, 8 bikes can be secured in a 2 metre diameter. Two locking points for each bicycle will satisfy the most security-conscious cyclist. A modular equivalent has also been spun-off from this product. Called the Spacepod, this variation comes in different shapes, allowing a bicycle park to be built along walls, around corners, or back to back. More suited for organisations looking to install bicycle parking for their employees, the Spacepod has many corporate users including The Guardian and KPMG.

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Be a Neighborhood Hero (and Earn Some Cash) by Sharing Your Driveway
Have you ever been stuck circling the block waiting for a parking space to open up? The new ParkCirca  space-sharing service might make that a thing of the past. Co-founder  and CEO Chadwick Meyer told me how he was fruitlessly hunting for a  space when he noticed how many private driveways had no cars in them.  Why not let the driveway owners make some money from them, and save  stress (and gas) for the drivers at the same time?
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Be a Neighborhood Hero (and Earn Some Cash) by Sharing Your Driveway

Have you ever been stuck circling the block waiting for a parking space to open up? The new ParkCirca space-sharing service might make that a thing of the past. Co-founder and CEO Chadwick Meyer told me how he was fruitlessly hunting for a space when he noticed how many private driveways had no cars in them. Why not let the driveway owners make some money from them, and save stress (and gas) for the drivers at the same time?

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Streetline uses sensors that allow citizens to find inexpensive parking fast while helping cities manage their parking resources more efficiently.

SmartCamp is an exclusive global program bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and experienced mentors who want to build a Smarter Planet.
SmartCamp provides access to world-class advisors plus a direct route to seed and venture capital.

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