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Don't Reduce Traffic Jams

Efforts to alleviate traffic jams only encourage more cars and create more sprawl. Traffic jams encourage ridership on more efficient mass transit. Wall Street Journal http://bit.ly/cDS0lE

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Drive Slowly to Save Fuel (Especially if Your Are a Ship)

Container ships can save 30% on fuel (and reduce greenhouse gases) by slowing down. Same for planes and cars. NYTimes: http://nyti.ms/cfyz2Y

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Use "Road Trains" to Save Gas

Wirelessly linking automobiles into "road trains" can save 20% of fuel. http://bit.ly/7oP5ED

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Bicycle Highways

Wide, segregated bike highways would encourage bicycle transportation. RFID technology would allow clustering and speed. As seen in NYT http://www.nytimes.com/projects/magazine/ideas/2009/#b

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Don't Worry About Auto Safety

Why is there so much attention about auto safety and manufacturer recalls when nearly all accidents are caused by human error? Shouldn't we worry more about that? NY Times http://nyti.ms/a5387k

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Trains That Don't Need to Stop

Chinese transportation officials have designed a train + pod system that eliminates the need for trains to stop at stations. NY Times best idea 2010. http://nyti.ms/ha5sBa

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Reduce Shipping Costs with Giant Kites

The company SkySails cuts shipping costs (and pollution) through the use of giant kites. CNET http://bit.ly/dckRwg

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Share Electric Cars

Paris is considering a plan which would allow citizens to share 4000 electric cars. Spiegel Online http://bit.ly/bS1lOP

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Put Cars on a Diet

In order to meet new fuel standards, cars will need to employ more efficient engines, but will also need to be lighter. Lighter cars are more fuel efficient, can be just as safe, but cost more. Economist http://bit.ly/aaRFTR

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Straddling Bus Offers Cheap Public Transport

Officials in China want to build two story tall "straddling busses" that allow cars to pass under. http://bit.ly/cwo8RY

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Electric Surfboard

WaveJet surfboards now come with a small engine which propels the board at 10 mph. http://bit.ly/16O8zQR

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Safety Stickers in Buses

Georgetown University professors ran an experiment placing stickers in Kenyan microbuses encouraging passengers to complain if drivers are being reckless. Insurance claims dropped 60% compared to a control group. Foreign Policy http://atfp.co/1a8jk4Q

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