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  • ...Jeff Stefanis and Amber Wason, graduates of Georgetown University and George Washington University, respectively, are the founders of Riide, a company making a hybrid electric bike for urban commuters...During a visit to China, Stefanis saw that electric bikes were helping alleviate some of those problems in cities abroad, and he and Wason started trying to figure why such two-wheelers hadn’t caught on in the United States.

    Washington Post
  • The all-electric version of Kia’s most popular vehicle will start at $33,700 when it goes on sale in October. That price doesn’t include destination or any state or federal tax credits or incentives. Buyers in California could lop off $2,500 for the state’s electric-vehicle rebate, and up to $7,500 for a federal tax credit, depending on their income, pushing the price as low as $23,700. 

    LA Times
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    ...It's easy to see why driving in Delhi is so often compared to a video game, and why there are so many accidents. But the Delhi Traffic Police are trying to improve the situation—by tweeting snappy rhymes reminding drivers to be alert and safe at every turn.

  • ...San Francisco transportation officials are considering reviving a tactic last used 27 years ago to get traffic moving during the evening commute. The campaign, which would target particularly troublesome intersections - most likely downtown and South of Market - is known as "Don't Block the Box."

    SF Chronicle
  • There's no fast and easy way to get 70,799 people in and out of any stadium, but the 49ers gave it their best try Sunday night for their first regular-season game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

    SF Chronicle
  • Bay Area Bike Share, the ubiquitous big blue bikes that are visible all over The City, has a problem. When its hardware and software provider, PBSC Urban Solutions, filed for bankruptcy protection late last year, the bike share's expansion plans to bring more bikes to new neighborhoods and surrounding areas were frozen. Furthermore, Alta Bicycle Share, which under the contract handles business with PBSC Urban Solutions operations and maintenance for the program, is also up for sale, adding to the turmoil.

    SF Examiner
  • This afternoon, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will announce the latest round of TIGER grantsawarding $600 million among 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia. You can see all TIGER grants to date or just the latest round — TIGER VI — in this map from Transportation for America.

    USA Streetsblog
  • Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced an 18-month campaign to improve road safety across the country. One of the things DOT plans to do is create a guide to "road diets" that it will distribute to communities and local governments. DOT says that road diets can reduce traffic crashes by an average of 29 percent, and that in some smaller towns the design approach can cut crashes nearly in half.

  • The California Energy Commission has issued two solicitations for a combined $13.3 million to further advanced ZEV and advanced vehicle technologies in the state. The first, Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Readiness (PON-14-603), will award about $3.3 million to support planning efforts for plug-in and fuel cell vehicles.

    Green Car Congress
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    A smart headlight enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night.

    Science Daily