Friday Five – Bike Startups, Energy Efficiency Trumps Luxury, and More!

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Welcome to the newest edition of the Friday Five! Here’s what we’ve been reading and thinking about this week:

The Great Eight: High-Impact Material Choices for Green Building

Locally sourced cedar and stone cladding

Are you an architect, developer, future homebuyer, or just someone curious about the most effective use of your resources? One of Building Green’s most recent articles gets down and dirty to discuss eight high-impact material choices. These range from cladding, decking, flooring, and yes, urinals. This article is chock full of other resources. In fact, we recommend subscribing to Building Green if this stuff interests you at all.

1000 Signatures Call for Better Bike Infrastructure, Safe Streets

Advocates call on Mayor Kenney to speed up his promises to provide the city with more bike lanes. The city currently has until 2018 to begin construction, however, over 1,000 signatures were garnered to raise awareness of immediate need. Stuart (pictured) is hoping to “accelerate the momentum … so we’re not waiting for [construction] to begin in the summer of 2018, but for it to end by the summer of 2018.”

Study Suggests Consumers Value Energy Efficiency Over Luxury

What do Americans want when they buy a new home

Wow! We were excited when we saw this, because, well, that’s what we strive for! They study says 85% of consumers would pay more for an Energy Star certified Home. Would you?

More Accurate Bicycle Counter Could Give Complete Streets Advocates a Boost

We love all things bikes. In fact, we just had to install a larger bike rack to accommodate more regular bikers in our office! Naturally, we love it when we hear exciting things about bikes and cities. Tech startup CTY is attempting to harness bicycle data in cities by tracking the number of bicyclists (and pedestrians). “We want to provide data that helps planners make infrastructure more walkable, bikeable, basically more responsive to people” says Tara Pham, CEO of CTY. We’ll continue to follow this company to see if this thing takes off.

Hidden Nature Bike Tour

Bikesploration

Have you ever wanted to bike at Tacony Creek Park in North Philly? Have you ever wanted to chat with Billy and Tony, hosts of the Urban Wildlife Podcast? Have you ever wanted to do both of those things in the same day? Well, it’s not too late to sign up for their ride tomorrow morning. If you can’t make it tomorrow, there is one more event in Hidden City and Spoke’s Bikesploration Series: Camden: Beyond the Headlines Bike Tour. Check it out!


From the Postgreen family, we hope you have a great weekend!

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