Posts Tagged ‘transport’

City Symphonies

July 3, 2012

TOTD likes this front page to the Royal College of Art’s Design Interaction Show 2012.

http://www.di12.rca.ac.uk/

Click on Mark McKeague to view City Symphonies. The designer has considered the synthesised sounds produced by electric cars and exlores an alternative approach in which the “sound that the cars generate changes according to its relationship to other road users and the environment”.

Stuck for something to read on the train?

June 26, 2012

This might help:

http://popupcity.net/2012/06/bibliotren-transforms-trains-into-virtual-libraries/

although we note that you only get access to the first chapter of a book – but it might be enough to get you through the next ‘leaves on the line’ excuse for a delay!

Tunnels – Hindhead vs Laerdal

July 27, 2011

After four-and-a-half years of work and an outlay of £371m, today sees the opening of the southbound section of the Hindhead Tunnel, the longest tunnel of its type in the UK on the A3 from London to Portsmouth. The 1.8km bore through the Devil’s Punch Bowl seems almost puny however when compared with the Laerdal Tunnel in Norway which, at 24.5km in length, is the longest road tunnel in the world. You can read more about the Laerdal Tunnel here

http://www.engineering.com/Library/ArticlesPage/tabid/85/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/60/Laerdal-Tunnel.aspx

Barclays Cycle Hire animation

February 7, 2011

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme in London allows you to take a cycle from a docking station, ride it where you like and then return it for the next person to use.

Here’s a lovely animation that uses data supplied by Transport for London to show the flow of these hire bikes during the 4th October Tube strike in 2010.

http://oliverobrien.co.uk/2011/02/flow-animation-of-barclays-cycle-hire-bikes/

Love Your Bike Portsmouth

May 27, 2010

This is BIG Green Commuter Challenge Week, when many commuters will hopefully be exploring more sustainable ways of getting to work. Sunday 30th May also happens to be a day to celebrate bike culture during the Love Your Bike Portsmouth event, which is sponsored by The University of Portsmouth Creative Campus Initiative and Portsmouth City Council’s Health Town’s Initiative.

http://www.loveyourbikeportsmouth.co.uk/

TOTD was particularly intrigued by the Gocycle, which forms part of a display in a shop window in Southsea. There’s a lovely animation of how it works on the Gocycle site.

http://www.gocycle.com/

Commuting time maps

March 3, 2010

Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s another great site from mySociety.org. The interactive function of the house prices map is very neat. TOTD was particularly interested in the public transport vs cycling map – it would be great to have a version for Portsmouth.

http://www.mysociety.org/2007/more-travel-maps/

Unusual bus stops

May 22, 2009

We’ve had weird cars and strange buildings. TOTD now brings you 15 unusual and creative bus stops. Waiting for the No.17 would be almost a pleasure in one of these.

http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2009/05/01/15-unusual-and-creative-bus-stops/

Pathetic motorways and wet roads

February 25, 2009

While reading the newsletter of the Society of Cartographers at the end of last year, TOTD came across a reference to the M96 motorway. You can view an air photo of it here:

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCC&cp=51.991322~-1.683848&style=h&lvl=17&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&encType=1

“But it looks like an airfield”, I hear you say, and you’d be correct. You can learn more about the M96 and other secretive, lost, unbuilt and unfinished motorways at:

http://pathetic.org.uk/

While on the subject of roads, TOTD fondly remembers as a child being taken on a detour in order to be driven at speed through the ford in Pigeon House Lane (SU649076). Ford enthusiasts will welcome this online guide to every UK ford, watersplash and tidal road:

http://www.wetroads.co.uk/index.htm