Blog

crowd economy, environment, public transit, sharing economy
Comments Off on Transit Geek Images: Bike Sharing in Minneapolis

bikesharingHappened to be in the land of 10,000 Lakes (Minneapolis) recently and tried the bike sharing service near one of the MetroTransit stations.  Bike sharing really seems to be taking off in densely populated urban regions – especially in Europe.  I have tried bike sharing now in Washington, DC, Paris, Minneapolis, Montreal, Chicago, and New York.

 

Bike sharing has taken off exponentially in the United States after being introduced in some of the more progressive European urban areas.  In some ways this is amazing given the potential pitfalls of the service – from the unpredictability of the bicycle availability to the same “last mile” problems we face in public transportation with proximity of bicycle stations.  Weather in the US also heavily influences the usage patterns for bicycle sharing.

 

If you don’t think bicycle sharing is becoming big in the states, take a look at this cool data visualization that @chris_whong did on 5 days worth of bicycle trips in Washington, DC.  http://youtu.be/O_njHxFRj4o

 

Interestingly, the industry is so successful it is facing bankruptcies and problems similar to other emerging technologies like electric vehicles and renewables.  Some of the issues are related to supply chain issues, but others are simply the result of a new economic model following a hype cycle similar to that of other types of technologies.  Regardless, it seems that bicycle sharing is here to stay.

crowd economy, environment, sharing economy
Comments Off on 1% for the planet donation

logo_small_bluereversed  rxRj4qyU_400x400Today the ecology.IT team renewed our commitment to 1% for the Planet by donating 1% of our annual profit to member nonprofit ecotrust.org.  This organization’s mission is “to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental wellbeing. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.”

 

This organization views itself as a “social incubator,” by funding and fostering innovation and opportunity through technology and process changes like climate-smart mapping tools, FoodHub, and whole watershed restoration.  We are excited and pleased to be associated both with the 1% for the Planet initiative and to fund work through ecotrust.org.