Saturday, October 11, 2008

Smart bikes in Copenhagen

I just came across this interesting link about a research project going on in Copenhagen

MIT research bringing 'smart bikes' to Denmark

Copenhagen is without a doubt one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, with bike paths everywhere, allowing people to ride their bikes almost safely. I'm saying "almost" since there are always risks when venturing into the traffic. On top of that, there is a lot of focus on renewable energy. The MIT people seems to be aware of this, as their director commented on this.

"One of the most striking aspects of Copenhagen is that it is already a very sustainable city," said Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT's SENSEable City Lab, which is overseeing the Smart Biking project. "A considerable fraction of its energy comes from renewable sources and, unlike a few decades ago, 30 to 40 percent of its citizens use bicycles as their primary method of transportation.

Still, there is room for improvement, and I'm looking forward to seeing the effect of this new project.

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