All posts from Frankie Berti

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Bike the Nation: New Orleans

Our next stop on our bike tour of the nation brings us to New Orleans, where flat terrain, streets laid out in a grid system, and an abundance of festivals, historic districts, art happenings and phenomenal restaurants make biking not only accessible but well-worth it. It’s no wonder New Orleans is ranked 6th in biking […]

February 16th

Rural Folk Bike and Walk as Much as City Slickers

A report released by the Rails to Trails Conservancy  asserts that people in rural areas walk and bike at rates much like their metropolitan counterparts. The “Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers” reveals important details about America’s travel patterns in rural communities that the Rails to Trails Conservancy hopes will garner support for more federal investment […]

February 6th

Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report 2012: Bicycling is on the Rise

The “Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report” was published by the Alliance for Biking and Walking on January 23rd. The report, which was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the AARP, and Planet Bike ranks the levels of bicycling and walking in every state and 51 of the largest cities in […]

February 2nd

All Hail Hiriko: MIT EV Concept Slated for Production in 2013

The HIRIKO project, originally the CityCar from Massachussets Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab, introduced its revolutionary prototype to Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission on January 24th. The unveiling in Brussels is a symbolic first step toward production. “Hiriko” sounds Japanese, but it’s a Basque word for “urban,” which is pretty cool, especially […]

January 27th

Bike the Nation: Miami-Dade County Part 1

Millions of people around the world use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation mainly because it’s cheaper than driving. But it also happens to be great for one’s health, a simple way to reduce carbon dioxide and monoxide emissions as well as gasoline usage, and a wonderful way to get to know your city and the people you rub elbows with. Take a look at how our nation’s cities are becoming more bike-friendly!

January 24th

Dakar First: Electric Vehicle Finishes Rally in Top 100 (VIDEO)

The OSCar eO, a range-extended electric vehicle created by Latvian motorsport engineering company OSC, is the first E-REV to ever finish the brutal Dakar Rally. The 2012 rally raid wound through Argentina, Chile and Peru’s varied terrains and climates- a grueling test of endurance for conventional vehicles, let alone an electric vehicle.  The Latvian team’s […]

January 23rd

Cars' Kinetic Energy Used to Generate Electricity

New Energy Technology, Inc. (NET) has created a novel method for generating electricity using existing vehicles by way of its MotionPower™ System. NET, in partnership with the City of Roanoke, VA, debuted the electricity-generating system (the first of its kind) the last week of October. Around 580 vehicles participated in the 6 hour event, the […]

November 23rd

Video: Do You Lambret-twist?

My friend-in-scooters and fellow writer Jo Borras sent me this nostalgia-pumping link to a Lambretta scooter ad straight from 1962, and I couldn’t stop grinning. The iconic Lambretta, ladies and gentlemen, was created amidst song in a lab clearly made from cardboard and glitter. It’s true; just watch the video.

October 25th

Mercedes Benz's BlueTec Diesel Blues

  Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of yet another voluntary safety recall for 6,872 of its darling BlueTec diesel models due to potential fire hazards. Leaky Diesel Luxury Car No Bueno The automaker already recalled 2,297 2011 diesel models in November 2010 thanks to improperly lubricated O-rings leading potentially […]

October 25th

Me Gusta: Porsche Boxter S Ecologic Runs on LPG

The Spanish tuning house RBM Sport has developed a “bolt on” package that allows Porsche’s Boxster S to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, or “autogas” in Europe). Christened the Porsche Boxster “Ecologic,” the car can be started and run on conventional gasoline, and “switched” to LPG from inside the cabin. RBM claims the little Porsche […]

October 23rd

RelayRides Gets OnStar Integration, Mobile App (video)

San Francisco-based, neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing company RelayRides (founded in June 2010) has set itself apart from other carsharing networks like Zipcar and CityCarShare by giving car owners a chance to earn a bit of extra cash by participating in the company’s car-sharing business. The service installs a communications device used to lock and unlock cars […]

October 8th