Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fun bus stops around the world

Bus stops of the future?

Thanks to Emily Murphy for this:
from MIT news:
Riders can plan a bus trip on an interactive map, surf the Web, monitor their real-time exposure to pollutants and use their mobile devices as an interface with the bus shelter. They can also post ads and community announcements to an electronic bulletin board at the bus stop, enhancing the EyeStop's functionality as a community. “The EyeStop could change the whole experience of urban travel," said Carlo Ratti, Head of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT. "At the touch of a finger, passengers can get the shortest bus route to their destination or the position of all the buses in the city. The EyeStop will also glow at different levels of intensity to signal the distance of an approaching bus."
In addition to displaying information, the bus stop also acts as an active environmental sensing node, powering itself through sunlight and collecting real-time information about the surrounding environment. “EyeStop is like an 'info-tape' that snakes through the city," said project leader Giovanni de Niederhousern. "It senses information about the environment and distributes it in a form accessible to all citizens.”

Friday, May 22, 2009

One more for the road

While I'm at it, I'll mention that now that Smart Trips Month planning is behind me, I hope to start posting relevant meetings, updates, and alternative transporation links and info locally, regionally and globally here on a regular basis. So check back often and keep me on my toes.

Metro Pulse highlights Knoxville cycling!

Our very own Kelley Segars is featured in this week's Metro Pulse bike extravaganza issue. Check it all out at

Fit in a Fit photos

Home Federal Bank enjoyed their Tomato Head pizza party May 21 to celebrate the team's repeat victory at the May 8 How Many Can You Fit in a Fit event on Market Square. Check out the photos of their team and the MPC, TVA and KUB teams at
We've received the second submission in the Wheel to Reel video contest and they're both pretty awesome. See them online at and upload your 2-minute video! All submissions will air on CTV to promote Smart Trips and will be screened at the Smart Trips Award Luncheon June 9 at Cafe 4. Prizes will be awarded!
Thanks and enjoy this lovely Memorial Day weekend with a family bike ride or walk along the greenways.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fit in the Fit

The TVA team un-squeezes from the car.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hidden Knoxville Walk Re-do!

Hidden Knoxville Walk rescheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 12
We were rained out on Wednesday, but here's your second chance to join Jack Neely, Secret History columnist for MetroPulse, on the Hidden Knoxville Walk. We'll go to Mechanicsville, Knoxville College, the Warehouse District and other interesting spots that are all within walking distance of downtown, even if the way to get there may not be obvious. We’ll meet at the future site of downtown Knoxville’s dog park, the intersection of Summit Hill and Central Avenue.