TRANS PORTATION curated News March 7th

Bykes - 2014 A2B Alva+ Electric Bicycle Test Ride And Review: Charge Ahead
I have a love/hate relationship with bicycles. I love the simplicity and efficiency of bicycles, but I'm essentially pretty lazy by nature. It's possible that an electric bicycle might be the solution I've been looking for, so I decided to spend some time with the 2014 A2B Alva+, a $3,399 e-bike .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonfogelson/2014/03/06/2014-a2


Bykes - 7 Dutch bike bridges offer us a few lovely lessons
Check out these bike bridges from the Netherlands and a few good practices I think we could implement in many other locations .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/7-dutch-bike-bridges-offer-u


Bykes - Car infrastructure turns into bike/ped infrastructure in Pittsburgh & Charleston
As more and more people kick cars out of their lives and switch to bicycling, the infrastructure must also change .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/car-infrastructure-getting-t


Bykes - Wow! Women now the majority in family bicycling
The National Organization of Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neill says bike advocates need to pay more attention to women if they want more women to bike .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/want-more-women-bikes-focus-


Bykes - Yamaha Champions Riding School Teaches Motorcycling On The Track
I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Yamaha Champions Riding School at Miller Motorsports Park outside of Salt Lake City, Utah .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonfogelson/2014/03/05/yamaha-


CARS - 2015 Subaru WRX earns a big 5 stars from ANCAP
The Subaru brand is all about safety and the all-new 2015 WRX has received the highest safety rating from ANCAP. 2015 WRX gets new features outside 2015 WRX gets new wheels 2015 WRX cabin upgrades 2015 WRX gets new exterior upgrades .. ...
2015 Subaru WRX earns a big 5 stars from ANCAP
http://www.torquenews.com/1084/2015-subaru-wrx-earns-big-5-s


CARS - 2015 WRX STI NBR race car
Slideshow Image: Description: STI NBR completes shakedown before heading to Geneva Motor Sho .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/gallery/2015-wrx-sti-nbr-race-ca


CARS - BMW Expands Rentals That Put Young Drivers Behind The Wheel
Unlike their parents and grandparents, who couldn't wait to get their hands on the car keys, young people seem less enthusiastic about cars, but will save up for smartphones, tablets and other gadgets that keep them connected.  The trend was first identified in Japan, but troubling signs then appeared in Europe and the U.S., where teens aren't rushing out to get a license as soon as they're old enough to drive .. ...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/christinentierney/2014/03/07/bmw


CARS - Canadian Chevrolet Camaro Plant Shutting Down Due to Excess Inventory
It isn't unusual for the production facility of a performance car like the Chevrolet Camaro to shut down during the spring and summer to prepare for new model year retooling, but the rumored downt .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/106/canadian-chevrolet-camaro-plan


CARS - Editors' Choice: Top Five 2014 Geneva Motor Show Debuts
Filed under: Geneva Motor ShowWe're all a bit jet-lagged from our week in Switzerland covering the Geneva Motor Show. But since coming home yesterday, we've had the chance to look through our full roundup of coverage, and pick out the vehicles that warmed our hearts the most.Like all of our Editors' Choice posts, this list represents the purely emotional side of what we do - some of these cars are hugely significant, sure, but the point here is t ...
Switzerland Motor Show
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/editors-choice-top-five-2


CARS - Green car sales have the winter blues
Torque News readers know that my work often has a cautiously pessimistic view of green car sales .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/1083/green-car-sales-have-winter-b


CARS - Honda Civic Type R concept reveal will dominate Geneva Auto Show
Honda Motors is very good at producing pent up anticipation in its fan base by leaking pre-show press releases and photo snippets. The Civic Type R is not the exception .. ...
2015 TypeR Concept
http://www.torquenews.com/1574/honda-civic-type-r-concept-re


CARS - Land Rover teases new Discovery 'family' as model celebrates 25 years
Filed under: SUV, Geneva Motor Show, Videos, Land RoverLand Rover is acting like it has something very big up its sleeve. Its Discovery, known as the LR4 on our shores, is celebrating its 25th birthday, and at the Geneva Motor Show, LR announced that "Discovery will become a family of vehicles from 2015."What exactly this means remains something of a mystery, but it likely is linked to the off-road brand's plan to separate its vehicles into three ...
Land Rover Discovery
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/land-rover-lr4-discovery-


CARS - Mercedes-Benz bringing Sprinter 4x4 to US
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Work, Mercedes-Benz, DieselBack in December, Mercedes-Benz announced a four-wheel-drive version of its endlessly charming Sprinter van (the European model is pictured above), but didn't make a mention of any plans for US market sales. Now, that's all changed, as the German automaker has confirmed that its Sprinter 4x4 will be available for US consumption, with the 2015 model hitting dealerships in the first quarter of ne ...
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/mercedes-benz-sprinter-4x


CARS - Most powerful Mercedes C63 AMG ever hits the test circuit
Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, Performance, Mercedes-Benz, LuxuryWhile the next Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has been rumored to get a new twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 with somewhere between 450 and 500 horsepower, the looks of the actual car have been a mystery - at least until now. Our spy shooters have caught Affalterbach's latest creation during cold-weather testing in Sweden, and it's surprisingly understated.The front and rear are still under ...
Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/mercedes-c63-amg-c-class-


CARS - Nissan GT-R - Nothing is way faster
Slideshow Image: Description: Want a supercar for under $100K. Here you go. Photo courtesy of Nissan Media Sit .. ...
http://www.torquenews.com/gallery/nissan-gt-r-nothing-way-fa


CARS - Peugeot 308 SW is the kind of small wagon that's tough to come by in America
Filed under: Wagon, Geneva Motor Show, Europe, PeugeotThe Peugeot 308 SW may not exactly stand out against the backdrop of tuner specials and concept cars here at the Geneva Motor Show, but with the action winding down we can already say that it is one of the most relevant for European buyers.Peugeot's 308 was just named European Car of the Year earlier this week, so it appears that the French brand is doing more than a little bit right with the ...
Peugeot 308 SW at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, front three-quarter view
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/06/peugeot-308-sw-geneva-201


CARS - Subaru getting creative in these two very different WRX STI viral videos
Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Videos, Subaru, HumorSubaru is getting into viral videos with two new, radically different shorts to promote the 2015 WRX STI; both are pretty entertaining. They are certainly more interesting, from an enthusiast perspective, than the company's dog-oriented advertising campaign and sponsorship of the Puppy Bowl.The first promotes a new grindhouse-style short film that Subaru is launching, which is cheekily called ...
Subaru WRX STI Viral Video
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/subaru-getting-creative-t


CARS - The Infiniti Eau Rouge engine unveiled: this is Infiniti's GT-R
When Infiniti unveiled the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept in Detroit (read it here), it was cle .. ...
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept engine
http://www.torquenews.com/1080/infiniti-eau-rouge-engine-unv


CARS - We obsessively covered the 2014 Geneva Motor Show... and there's more to come!
Filed under: Geneva Motor ShowDespite only having two press days, there's so much coming out of the Geneva Motor Show that we feel compelled to run it over the majority of the week. That in mind, here's a look at everything we've covered thus far, and be sure to check this space again soon for our final wrap-up of coverage. Stay tuned. Get a load of these crazy European Nimrods The 2014 Ruf RCT offers rear-drive action with 911 ...
Geneva Motor Show
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/06/geneva-motor-show-roundup


CARS - We visit the Lamborghini Museum at company HQ in Sant'Agata
Filed under: Concept Cars, Motorsports, Classics, Performance, Lamborghini, LuxuryLast week, Lamborghini invited us to stop by its Sant'Agata Bolognese headquarters to have a look around the factory and pick up a few technical tidbits about its new Huracán LP 610-4. It won't surprise you to learn this, but Lambo's foyer is pretty rad.Rather than front its offices and factory with a gift shop and a reception desk, Lamborghini puts its amazing heri ...
Lamborghini LM 002 at the Lamborghini Museum
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/lamborghini-museum-galler


CARS - World Car of the Year finalists announced
Filed under: Etc., Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, FerrariTo say the 2014 Geneva Motor Show was packed full of news is an understatement as big as the show's home at the Palexpo convention center. Despite everything that we were able to cover during this year's show, there's still more coming out of Switzerland, including the announcement of the finalists for the 2014 World Car of the Year Awards.We repor ...
World Car of the Year co-chair Matt Davis
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/world-car-of-the-year-fin


CARS - Citroën C4 Cactus Adventure Concept takes fuel efficiency to the trails
Filed under: Concept Cars, Budget, Geneva Motor Show, Crossover, Hatchback, CitroënAlongside the auto show debut of the new Citroën C4 Cactus, the French marque also rolled out this, the C4 Cactus Adventure Concept. Not surprisingly, the C4 doesn't belie itself as an off-road vehicle. With the Adventure Concept, Citroën is looking to change that.Finished with an interesting, camo-like paint scheme that reacted to the black lights of the Citroën s ...
Citroën C4 Cactus Adventure Concept
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/05/citroen-c4-cactus-adventu


CARS - Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II rolls in with some subtle updates [w/video]
Filed under: Sedan, Geneva Motor Show, Videos, Rolls-Royce, LuxuryDownsizing is a relative term - especially when it comes to a Rolls-Royce. But that's just what the British luxury automaker did with the release of the Ghost in 2010. Sure, it's over seventeen and a half feet long (over eighteen in Extended Wheelbase form), but that's still shorter than the 19 feet the standard Phantom stretches, and that much shorter than the twenty-foot-long Pha ...
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/05/rolls-royce-ghost-series-


CARS - The 2014 Ruf RCT offers rear-drive action with 911 Turbo fun
Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Geneva Motor Show, PorscheRuf has 37 years of experience of turning Porsches into even higher performance machines. For the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, it's unveiling the RCT, or Ruf Carrera Turbo, which offers power to split the difference between Porsche's 911 Turbo and Turbo S models.The RCT starts with a unique body kit with a new front air dam and drastically changed rear deck that combines both a small spoiler ...
2014 Ruf RCT
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/05/2014-ruf-rct-porsche-911-


CARS - The Infiniti Eau Rouge engine unveiled: this is Infiniti's GT-R
When Infiniti unveiled the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept in Detroit (read it here), it was cle .. ...
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept engine
http://www.torquenews.com/1080/infiniti-eau-rouge-engine-unv


CARS - Volkswagen throws a Polo-palooza with four new or upgraded models
Filed under: Geneva Motor Show, Hatchback, Volkswagen, DieselVolkswagen unveiled a parade of new and upgraded Polo models at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, including the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo (pictured above). While they will likely never make an appearance this side of the pond, it is fun to see what European subcompact drivers will be driving later this year.The new BlueMotion models represent the most ...
Volkswagen CrossPolo at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/05/volkswagen-polo-bluemotio


EVs - How Tesla's Gigafactory will remove doubts about battery production
Tesla’s plan all along has been to mass-produce EVs to accelerate widespread adoption as quickly as possible and accelerate the future of low-carbon mobility .. ...
Tesla Gigafactory Location
http://www.torquenews.com/2250/tesla-gigafactory-will-remove


EVs - Next Chevy Volt will be 2016 model and ride on new chassis
Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, ChevroletWhat do we know about the 2016 Chevy Volt? Well, for now, all we can do is try to put the puzzle together without the box. Thankfully, a new batch of pieces has arrived from a new report in Edmunds, which says that the 2016 model year will introduce the second generation of a car that hasn't been dramatically updated since it went on sale in 2010. The new Volt is getting an "evolutionary styling change" a ...
Chevy Volt
http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/2016-chevy-volt-will-ri


EVs - Taxi Electric is first to use Nissan’s e-NV200 taxi in Amsterdam
This summer Taxi Electric becomes the first taxi company in Amsterdam to adopt the zero-emission Nissan e-NV200 Taxi Electric first 100% Nissan LEAF fleet since November 2011 Pioneering Amsterdam-based company have covered 1.5 million km demonstrating Nissan EVs’ quality and reliability AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Taxi Electric will be the first private taxi company to add […]The post Taxi Electric is first to use Nissan’s e-NV200 taxi in Amsterdam ...
http://evnewsreport.com/taxi-electric-first-use-nissans-e-nv


EVs - Tesla to Expand Presence in Europe
Everything at Tesla seems to be full steam ahead, and their European front is no exception. Recently at the Geneva Motor Show they announced they will open over 30 new service centers and stores throughout the continent. Elon Musk noted that they want their Tesla customers to be supported by Superchargers wherever they are in Tesla to Expand Presence in Europe was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of ...
http://planetsave.com/2014/03/06/tesla-expand-presence-europ


FUELS - Promising news for producing fuels through artificial photosynthesis
Nearly 90-percent of the electrons generated by a semiconductor/cobaloxime hybrid catalyst designed to store solar energy in hydrogen are being stored in their intended target molecules .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140307133631.ht


TRAFFIC - Congo using robocops to ease traffic congestion [w/video]
Filed under: Safety, VideosKinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo has two robocops on patrol. Well, they are technically stationary, but they're still keeping pedestrians in the country's capital safer. The city of about 10 million people suffers from choking traffic, and the eight-foot-tall, aluminum and steel robots are installed at two, high-traffic intersections to regulate traffic flow.The $15,000, solar-powered bots were installed in ...
DRCONGO-TRANSPORT-TECHNOLOGY-TRAFFIC-ROBOT
http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/06/congo-using-robocops-ease


TRAFFIC - For older drivers, study finds, one drink may be one too many
(Medical Xpress)—You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you're 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver .. ...
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-older-drivers.htm


TRAFFIC - San Francisco Mayor Lee Announces New Pedestrian Safety Actions and Safety Campaign
City Ready to Invest $17 Million in Next Five Years for Pedestrian Safety Projects at 170 Locations; WalkFirst Prioritizes Safety Projects at High-Injury Locations as “Be Nice, Look Twice” Awareness Campaign Launches & SFPD Enforcement Increases  San Francisco, CA — Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the […]The post San Francisco Mayor Lee Announces New Pedestrian Safety Actions and S ...
http://evnewsreport.com/san-francisco-mayor-lee-announces-ne


TRAINS - Minimalistic subway layout game allows you to be a virtual transit tycoon
Are you frustrated by your train commute? Think you could do better than the people who planned the subway lines? Mini Metro is a new minimalistic game that that allows you to show your talent .. ...
http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/minimalistic


TRANSPORT - Interactive simulator for vehicle drivers
Maximize mileage, safety, or operating life? Driving behavior behind the wheel has a big influence on the vehicle. Researchers have developed a driving simulator designed to make the 'human factor' more calculable for vehicle engineers .. ...
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140307083832.ht