Top 3 Eco-Friendly Transportation News Picks

July 18, 2014

Good transportation is vital worldwide. After all, people have to get to work, school, and home every day. All that moving around creates air and water pollution and cities are instituting eco-friendly transportation options. Here’s the Eco News Network top 3 news picks this week featuring eco-friendly transportation. 

Paris Launches Kid-Friendly Bike-Sharing ProgramOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now kids can participate in the bike-sharing fun in Paris as a part of a new program called P’tit Vélib’, reported Truthout. The program hopes to increase the number of young cyclists and to persuade them to choose bikes over cars. Ride sharing, as an eco-friendly transportation option, is a great way to reduce air pollution that buses and cars produce because they reduce the amount of travelers using those services. The program lends kids bikes and also teaches them how to ride them. Bikes are available 2- to 4-year olds (with training wheels), 3- to-5-year-olds (with or without training wheels), 5- to-7-year-olds and 7- to-8-year olds.

India’s Population Increase May Lead to Electric Trains3365875381_4742f430bf_z

India’s increasing population has sparked an interest in eco-friendly transportation options, reported The Economic Times. One solution could be electric trains. In the next five years, India’s railway market will be the third largest in the world. Toshiba, which manufactures electric trains, has expressed interest in helping India manufacture them. Electric trains tend to reduce air pollution and are faster, which could help India’s high population demand.

Indian City to Launch an Electric Bus Pilot Project 7430775038_60b3559b67_z

The Economic Times also reported that an electric bus pilot project will be launched in Gujarat, India. The public transportation project will have e-buses running between state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. This eco-friendly transportation project comes as the Gujarat government aims to create a greener environment. The project will include setting up solar power charging stations and is expected to launch by the end of the year.

-Sheila Headspeth

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