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BEST-L July 2013

Subject:

sustainable local transportation

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"Kanner,Steven I" <[log in to unmask]>

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Kanner,Steven I

Date:

Tue, 9 Jul 2013 13:50:44 -0400

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The bicycle is one of the most efficient transportation tools we have. 
In sustainable urban planning, bicycles must be factored into the 
equation as one of the main means of transit in congested city centers. 
Portland, Oregon is know as an innovative cycling epicenter. Several 
companies there do bicycle powered deliveries between business and 
consumers. In many applications, for short proximity transportation, a 
properly designed pedal-powered vehicle is the answer. With more 
efficient electric assist motors being developed, today's pedal-powered 
vehicles can move hundreds if not thousands of pounds of cargo short 
distances. B-Line Sustainable Delivery and Portland Pedal Power are two 
examples of pedal-powered delivery services that use specially designed 
tricycles in Portland. This is not a new idea, but it has not fully 
caught hold in all areas of the county. Maintaining a safe, efficient, 
and practical cycling infrastructure in urban environments can cut down 
on air/water pollution, noise pollution, traffic, and many other 
negative environmental externalities associated with fossil fuel based 
transportation in the urban environment.

In Cargo Delivery, the Three-Wheelers That Could
CLAIRE MARTIN
July 6, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/07/business/in-cargo-delivery-the-three-wheelers-that-could.html

vehicles like these are an effective solution to sustainable 
transportation on large complexes, campuses and universities. The UF 
Physical Plant Department could incorporate vehicles like these into its 
infrastructure and cut down on fuel usage on campus. properly designed 
tricycles like these could be used for a number of transportation needs 
on UF campus for all faculty and staff. more sustainable transportation 
would also be in line with UF's zero waste goals.

Steven Kanner
BESS summer intern
Soil and water Science

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