Big data (Cycle Atlanta) to anticipate development in civic engagement, not just remedy break-downs.

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1) Many app services are reflexive and passive neither allowing the individual nor the project to achieve full realization, whereas Cycle Atlanta makes normative claims of what is happening and what is needed proactively.

2) “The Right Way to Make Cities Smart” Cycle Atlanta.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/the-right-way-to-make-cities-smart/370900/

  • Enables cyclists to record their ride data—where they’ve gone, why they went there, what kind of cyclist they are—in an effort to collect more knowledge about cycling in the city.
  • Aggregates information with the explicit goal of helping the Atlanta cycling community advocate for particular infrastructural reforms.
  • Collects data to inform planners where bike facilities should be built.

3) Stakeholders include tax payers, city planning, IT data servers, bicycle riders, city parks, private construction contractors, DOT, Business Improvement Districts.

4) Step 1) Hire tech company to install algorithms, servers, and start-up training to manage incoming date.

Step 2) Establish boundaries of inclusion and exclusion for initial trial period.

Step 3) Reach out to community boards in affected areas to discover their willingness to incorporate potential’s data’s findings.

Step 4) Go live, and see what the users are actually experiencing!

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Solaroad utilizes Amsterdam solar energy bike paths.

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1) Amsterdam makes use of extensive bicycle pathways to add energy and reduce waste in existing infrastructure.

2) “4 Innovative Solar Tech Projects From Around the World” TNO, Netherlands
http://mashable.com/2012/01/04/innovative-solar-energy-tech/

  • 250 miles of Amsterdam bike paths, will have a protective glass layer on top, which shields the crystal silicon solar cells below the surface and enables bikers to ride over the panels.
  • 50 kWh per square meter each year, and the energy produced can be distributed throughout the grid, powering traffic lights, streetlights and even homes.
  • Smart system will maximize energy retention during peak daylight hours and store it for use overnight or during dark weather.

3) Stakeholders include tax payers, city planning, TNO Corporation, bicycle riders, city parks, private construction contractors.

4) Step 1: (Construction is underway) Make a comments section on a TNO or city website welcoming feedback on the alternative bicycle pathways while road surface replacement is underway.

Step 2: City of Amsterdam to assume or assign the task of advertising the website comments page to users.

Step 3: City Of Amsterdam to assign a trouble-shooting team to reply or respond to concerns with bicycle alternative paths inconveniencing riders during road surface transition.

Modified Atmosphere Packaging eliminating unnecessary food waste.

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1) Most food is lost through poor handling, storage, and spoilage in transportation and this waste can be reduced through improved modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).

2) “Tackling the Food Waste Challenge with Technology” Modified Atmosphere Packaging.com
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/tackling-food-waste-technology-refrigeration-packaging

  • Modified Atmosphere Packaging (Map) – a technology that substitutes the atmosphere inside a package with a protective gas mix, typically a combination of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen – to extend freshness.
  • Map has been applied to over 1,000 small-scale farmers, resulting in reductions in post-harvest food waste from 30-40% to 15-20%.
  • Particularly useful in preserving fresh fruit and vegetables that have high water content that is also conserved for useful human consumption.

3) Stakeholders include small scale farmers with direct access to markets, wholesalers and distributors between commercial farms and processors, distributors between processors and retailers, consumers, and waste management providers.

4)

  1. Identify candidate among stakeholders most interested in purchasing, and able to pay, for MAP products.
  2. Prepare additional informational material for other stakeholders along the vertical product line.
  3. Pursue research to increase MAP efficiency with current food recommendations to enhance freshness longevity.

Small-scale electrical power generation in response to emergency conditions.

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1) People in affected areas from severe weather (i.e Katrina, Sandy) can simply restore energy renewably to solve intermediate problems until the grid is repaired.

2) “The Pedal-A-Watt Stationary Bike Power Generator”, Convergence Tech Inc.
http://www.econvergence.net/The-Pedal-A-Watt-Bicycle-Generator-Stand-s/1820.htm

  • An individual scale renewable form of electrical generation not requiring gas powered generators and eliminating the concomitant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Provide power during power outages.  During hurricanes users are able to provide power for heating, microwaves, mobile devices and high efficiency lighting while they are without power.
  • Eliminates the need for ideal conditions as with solar and wind sourced electrical generation.

3) Stakeholders include home-owners, renters, insurance companies, municipal and emergency services.

4)

  • Poll municipal and emergency departments to determine administrative levels of interest.
  • Determine potential high-risk affected areas.
  • Survey community members of potential areas levels of interest in either subsidized assistance encouraging personal/individual ownership or community purchase in public spaces for “bicycle” hub charging areas (where you bring your own bike, and recharge your cell etc).

Bicycle transit system increases urban mobility at a fraction of the costs of traditional modes of urban mass transportation.

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1) New York City civic engagement has too many work day commuters not enjoying their travel from BK, Westchester and NJ.

2) “The Future of Mass Transportation” Sustainable Transportation Systems, Inc. http://www.biketrans.com/

  • A low-cost, low-tech transportation solution to meet the challenge of providing affordable effective mobility that offers an alternative to the environmental problems created by increasing levels of motor vehicle use as well as the discomfort of heavy and light rail, subway, bus traffic inconveniences.
  • Cycling inside the Transglide 2000™ is 90% more efficient than normal cycling outside the enclosed airflow enhanced system.
  • Cycling wear and tear on infrastructure is minuscule when compared to cost of upkeep and maintenance of trains, subways repairs, road work.
  • Many existing bicycle commuters are unable or unwilling to presently commute in days or seasons of inclement weather.

3) Stakeholders include NYC workers from 2 states and many counties, city officials from NYC and participating municipalities, MTA, Port Authority, and other transit officials and employees, and possibly large NYC private employers.

4) Step 1: Propose to NYC Planning Commission a plan with Sustainable Transportation Systems to implement supplemental commuter system alongside existing infrastructure requiring use of land and modest funding.

Step 2: Prepare similar plans to NYC Community Boards in affected areas to receive and incorporate stakeholder feedback.

Step 3: Survey anticipated counties in BK, NJ, and Westchester to find best test case in terms of population and cooperative municipal partner.  Read More »