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Alternate Transportation

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDaAoXXA8Cw] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-KczCp0OQ4] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvD8zuGy1z4] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZo54RyUWg0] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEXxkWXncuo] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUXDjg6_bhM&feature=related] Sustainable transport (or green transport) refers to any means of transport with low impact on the environment, and includes walking and cycling, transit oriented development, green vehicles, CarSharing, and building or protecting urban transport systems that are fuel-efficient, space-saving and promote healthy lifestyles. The advantages of increased mobility need to be weighed against the environmental, social and economic costs that transport systems pose. But the real purpose of transport is access – to work, education, goods and services, friends and family – and there are proven techniques to improve access while simultaneously reducing environmental and social impacts, and managing traffic congestion. Communities which are successfully improving the sustainability of their transport networks are doing so as part of a wider program of creating more vibrant, livable, sustainable cities. The social costs of transport include road crashes, air pollution, physical inactivity, time taken away from the family while commuting and vulnerability to fuel price increases. Traffic congestion imposes economic costs by wasting people’s time and by slowing the delivery of goods and services. Transport systems have significant impacts on the environment, accounting for between 20% and 25% of world energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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Segway x2

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDgvBfppnMk] With the x2, you can chart your own course. Its innovative design moves you over a variety of terrain, be it the grass in your backyard or the gravel and dirt in your favorite off road spot. Enjoy the road less traveled with the Segway x2. It’s rugged, tough, and designed to take you places. And with the unmatched performance of Segway’s LeanSteer technology, your body will anticipate and conquer the trail ahead. Deeply treaded tires, scratch resistant fenders and higher ground clearance give you a smooth, stable ride, and the durability you’ve come to expect from Segway.

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2009 Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Concept

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuIJRsAuCHQ] The Honda U3-X is a self-balancing one-wheeled electric vehicle similar to the Segway PT. It was unveiled by Honda’s CEO on September 24, 2009 and it was announced that it would be shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Time Magazine called it one of the 50 best inventions of 2009. In April 2010, Honda engineers did a short demonstration of two of the devices in Times Square, New York City. In May 2010, Honda representatives demonstrated the U3-X at the Honda Collection Hall in Motegi, Tochigi, Japan. Honda developed the U3-X with technology originally developed for ASIMO the bipedal human robot project. Honda states that the “U” stands for unicycle and for universal. It weighs 10 kg (22 lb) and travels at 6 km/h (3.7 mph), a similar speed to the Toyota Winglet.

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