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The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes
Published by The Atlantic - CityLab
A very recent study, from UC-Davis scholars Natalie Popovich and Susan Handy, analyzed nearly 1,900 shopping trips to downtown Davis made after the opening of a new Target store. Cyclists not only took slightly more trips than drivers did, but spent more per trip—leading to a monthly total spending of roughly $250 for cyclists to $180 for drivers. The results were especially impressive considering they only reflect spending on the type of goods available at Target, not food or services. According to the extrapolated frequencies and per-trip spending— even without accounting for spending on food, drink, and services— study results indicate that the customers who travel by bike to shop downtown spend as much money as their car-driving counterparts or more each month.
California house of the future takes green to a higher level
Published by The Washington Post
Researchers are studying family living in an uber sustainable home that leaves no carbon footprint. Honda Motor Company has established this house of the future in Davis, Calif., to study how humans can live in a nearly sustainable environment. Susan O’Hara and her husband Stuart Bennett, along with their daughters Aisling and Sabha Bennett, both 9, were selected to live in the Honda Smart House for a year. The house uses reclaimed wood for all the trim and furniture, as well as reclaimed nails. Inside, the home feels comfortably cool and spacious with high ceilings, modern design and furnishings. The foundation and polished concrete floors contain pozzolan, which comes from volcanic ash and is used to reduce the amount of Portland cement needed. Making Portland cement requires lots of heat and thus produces a considerable amount of carbon dioxide. The house gets all of its power from the sun, but remains connected to the grid. “We signed up for a year here and we’re really hoping they let us stay on because we don’t think we can go back to a regular house,” says O’Hara, 49, left. The family’s 12-month stay is scheduled to end in October.
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