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Taxis taking the road to new mobility?

Taxis New-Yorkais – By Pikadilly (Flickr Gallery)

Yes, taxis are part of the solution to improve sustainable mobility! So, this week, we’ve chosen to focus on the latest innovations in this area … without forgetting bikes and electric cars, of course!

Hit of the week

This month, the New York Times looked at the impact new technologies have had on our use of taxis. Since 2007 and the appearance of Apple’s iPhone, the number of applications allowing us to use geolocation in order to find a taxi as quickly as possible has literally exploded! In 2012, further developments should take place for New York’s yellow cabs, since it will soon be possible to pay directly with one’s smartphone … One to watch!

Do you remember Taxicol, the new means of transport that we talked about back in February? CleanTechRepublic has further details about the use of this revolutionary vehicle. For example, the Taxicol will circulate at the request of passengers! It will also be possible to reserve one’s place on board via a smartphone application.

Taxi sharing is arriving in France! According to Europe1, the Parisian taxi company G7 is offering a new scheme allowing seven-seater vehicles to be shared during journeys to and from the Ile-de-France region’s airports. For users, this means a saving of about €30 (about £24, at current rates). There are no figures yet in terms of air quality and urban congestion; however, there is no doubt as to the positive impact of this sustainable initiative!

Tell me how you cycle and I’ll tell you who you are

Are you more a ‘Lycracyclist’? A ‘Performance Artist’? Or a ‘Cruiser’? Find out what kind of cyclist you are on the Good news website, with their little illustrated guide that reveals cyclists’ secrets.

We have selected this article from TransportationNation for you; it analyses the user costs for various bike-sharing systems all over the world. New York comes first with the most expensive rates, whereas Paris has more accessible prices. In any event, this article highlights an important fact: these shared bikes are useful for short journeys, replacing cars in particular, and are not really intended for long Sunday rides!

Tiho works for a Bosnian NGO in the fields of the environment and sustainable transport and is, above all, a real cycling enthusiast. So, in 2010, he began a long cycling journey from Bosnia, in order to travel to Italy to attend a workshop to help create bike paths in natural environments. This journey was filmed and was even selected for the opening of the “Green Film Festival in Seoul (South Korea)! This is a great story; you can find more details on the website.

If anyone ever visited Portland (US) at the end of the 1980s, they certainly won’t have many memories of a very “green’ city. With good reason, as the city was extremely polluted at the time… Things have now changed a lot and particularly since Portland has been favouring bicycles! The Weelz website even compares this city in the North Western United States to Copenhagen. If you want to satisfy your desire for new horizons before the holidays, we recommend you read this article!

Electric mobility news

In Alberta, urban planners are intending to put a cable car in place in order to allow people travelling to hospital to cover the final kilometres between the nearest underground station and the hospital entrance. As a consequence, the National Post looks at the increasingly popular use of the cable car as a means of public transport in towns. Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, or even London (“London 2012: a cable car across the Thames”): these cities have all chosen this non-polluting and efficient means of transport!

AVERE has recently inaugurated a new collective: the ‘key circle of electro-mobile local authorities’. This circle has the aim of bringing together regional and local authorities that are already committed to electric mobility and those that are interested in doing so, in order to exchange good practices. It’s a significant step for electric vehicles!

A budget of over €150,000 (around £120,000) will be dedicated to the promotion of electric mobility in Alsace, according to the Avem website! Concurrently, the region has just installed the very first rapid charging terminal in Europe. Alsace has been hoping to become a reference in terms on electric mobility for some time now, and is thus making huge investments in this sector, notably by building partnerships with Renault and Nissan.

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