Saturday, May 21, 2011

green in Florence

Over the past couple of days, I've walked past three electric vehicle charging stations in Florence. This one is next to the Piazza della Signoria, and it always seems to have cars, scooters and trucks lined up at the two charging stands. In addition to all the privately owned electric vehicles in Florence, the city's historic center is also serviced by electric transit buses. And the green initiatives only start there...

Like every Italian city, Florence makes serious accommodations for bicycles. Bikes are among the vehicles admitted into restricted traffic areas in the city center, and the large bicycle parking facilities throughout the city encourage commuting and help keep the sidewalks passable.

Florence also has a great trash and recycling facility just behind San Lorenzo. These receptacles have large collecting areas underground, which are services by small, specially configured trucks. The San Lorenzo location is particularly brilliant, since the nearby street market produces large amounts of recyclables and refuse.

update: Friday was Bike to Work Day in the US. Wish I could have participated...

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