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Ebikes Offer Low-Cost, Green Option For Commuting

Urban commuters seeking to save money on gasoline, avoid traffic jams and lower their carbon footprint can now turn to electric bicycles. Electric Bicycles or e-bikes are standard bicycles fitted with a small electric motor and batteries. Riders can either use their own muscles to pedal, use electric power for propulsion, or both.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that average gasoline prices across the United States have climbed almost a dollar per gallon from a year ago. With West Coast gas prices averaging near $3 a gallon, commuters are looking for cheaper, greener alternatives.

Many regional transit authorities are facing severe budget shortfalls and have either cut services or are considering service cuts and rate hikes. With driving becoming more expensive and without an appropriate public transit alternative, electric bicycles are becoming the vehicle of choice for urban commuters.

E-bikes are easy to operate and require minimal maintenance. Most offer a riding range that can exceed 15 miles per charge. Riding range can be greatly increased if riders pedal along with the motor, especially during acceleration, and charging is simple. Just plug the bike into a standard wall socket!

The cost of fully charging an average e-bike’s battery is less than 4 cents. When you compare that to the $40 or $50 it takes to fill the tank of a car, the savings are tremendous – a fuel economy exceeding 1200 miles per gallon.

Larry Van Wilgen, co-founder of Empowered Ebikes (http://www.empoweredebikes.com) and an avid e-bike user explains the attraction: “Electric bicycles are fun and easy to ride. I can cruise at 20 mph and not break a sweat, even on a hot and humid day. I can focus my attention on my surrounding, rather than on pedaling and keep up with urban traffic better. That makes me feel safer on the road.” Empowered Ebikes offers electric bicycles and tricycles, including some models that can fit in the trunk of a car or carried onto a train.

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Quadstone Paramics Now Provides Integrated Support For Google’s Popular 3D Modelling Tool, SketchUp

Quadstone Paramics now provides integrated support for Google’s popular 3D modelling tool, SketchUp, bridging the gap between transport engineer and 3D modeller. Google’s 3D Warehouse contains thousands of both in house and third party developed SketchUp models which transport engineers can now utilise to create detailed visualisations of a given road network.

Quadstone Paramics’ focus on 3D graphics in traffic and pedestrian microsimulation means a further increase in model detail, aiding model building and helping to effectively communicate model results to non technical audiences.

Ewan Speirs, Technical Director at Quadstone Paramics, “Google SketchUp Integration is a fantastic addition to the Paramics tools bringing powerful 3D visualisation to the everyday user, no specialist skills are required. For over 10 years Paramics has been at the forefront of 3D visualisation for urban planning and traffic engineering, integrating with Google SketchUp allows our users to drive more value from the complex simulation models they build”.

Since launching the UAF (Pedestrian Simulation Software) in 2008 the team at Paramics have seen extensive market pull as government agencies of all sizes look to promote pedestrians as a more attractive means of transportation with many high-profile authorities around the world showing an interest in the software and many new projects underway.

The crowd modelling capabilities of UAF make it an ideal tool for evaluating both existing areas and new proposed developments, such as retail space, sports stadiums and public transport terminals, it is also especially useful for evacuation studies.

More information can be found on their Pedestrian Simulation website at www.pedestrian-simulation.com

About Quadstone Paramics
Quadstone Paramics has driven the innovation agenda for traffic microsimulation modelling software since the early 1990’s. With over 2000 users in 45 countries, their pedestrian simulation software tools have been deployed on some of the World’s highest profile projects, by a broad mix of Federal, State and Local Government Agencies along with consulting engineering firms of all sizes. Operating autonomously as part of a London Stock Market listed company, Quadstone Paramics continues to address the changing demands of the Global Market through offices in the UK and the United States, along with resellers in Australia, Europe and Asia. The culmination of over 6 man years of development, the launch of the Urban Analytics Framework (UAF) Software from Quadstone Paramics brings vastly improved levels of software capability pedestrian modelling the world over.

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Braidwood Associates Has Announced That Matthew Juckes Has Been Appointed To Lead The Company’s Second And Newest American Office In New Jersey

Juckes joins the Scottish headquartered specialist microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy having previously worked on projects for some of America’s largest departments of transportation including New York City, New York State, Wisconsin, California and New Jersey.

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Braidwood Associates, which was established in 2005 by Scottish entrepreneur Richard Braidwood, opened its first US office in California two years ago and the New Jersey office opening is in direct response to the company’s recent success in winning contracts in the United States.

Braidwood is currently providing traffic management advice through its modelling expertise to a number of major traffic infrastructure projects including New York City’s Bronx redevelopment and some of the world’s busiest highways such as Interstates 880 and 450 in California.

Mr Juckes said: “I am joining Braidwood Associates at an exciting time for the business. Our intention is to continue offering cutting-edge traffic modelling and consultancy services to public authorities and private corporations in the United States. There are a number of opportunities to extend our work with state departments on infrastructure projects and President Obama’s recent announcement of a $787 billion economic stimulus package should be beneficial to the sector.”

Richard Braidwood, managing director, Braidwood Associates said: “Matthew has a wealth of experience in microsimulation traffic modelling and he is very well respected in the industry. His expertise is based on providing modelling services for some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the United States and he will be an excellent addition to the Braidwood team. His appointment ensures that Braidwood Associates is well placed to develop the American side of our business.”

In the four years since its foundation, Braidwood Associates has become one of the world’s leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancies. Richard Braidwood has built a business that provides specialist services to 20 clients across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The company is advising on traffic modelling for some of the busiest highways and most populated cities in the world. Additionally Braidwood Associates also works with partners on infrastructure development projects at hubs such as airports and stations.

About Braidwood Associates
Braidwood Associates is a leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy focused within the transport sector. Through carefully managed growth and by providing high quality deliverables to clients, Braidwood Associates has become established as market leaders in providing microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy services in the global market place.

With a wide range of traffic simulation software knowledge, traffic modelling experience, dedicated professional resources and proven project experience in varying sizes of traffic studies, Braidwood Associates brings together over 20 years experience in the microsimulation traffic modelling industry.

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Microsimulation Traffic Modelling Specialists Announce United States Expansion

Braidwood Associates, the specialist microsimulation trafficmodelling consultancy, has announced it is to open a second office in the United States to enable it to expand its existing portfolio of clients.

Braidwood Associates was set up in 2005 by Scottish entrepreneur Richard Braidwood, and is expected to report a fourth year of income growth by the end of March. The company now generates up to 90% of its business from its US operations and the 34-year-old expects further gains with the announcement of Barack Obama’s new $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Mr Braidwood is flying to America later this month to finalise plans for his second US office, in New Jersey, to compliment his existing American base in California. In the last 12 months Braidwood Associates has provided traffic management advice through its modelling expertise to a number of major American infrastructure projects including New York City’s Bronx redevelopment and some of the world’s busiest highways such as Interstates 880 and 450 in California.

Mr Braidwood said, “We are in the fortunate position of having now established a specialist business which allows us to provide a high value service with maximum flexibility to some of the largest road authorities and private corporations in the world.

“I believe that we will open a further office in the United States this year and this will position us well for the expected progress of some key American infrastructure projects. The recent announcement of the multi-billion dollar stimulus package for the US economy by President Obama should deliver future gains for our American business and we fully intend to play our part in supporting the recovery through our specialist skills.”

He concluded, “While the majority of our business is US based we remain vigilant for opportunities closer to home and we still believe that the UK government has a real opportunity – particularly so now given the economic challenges the country faces – to generate its own stimulus by driving through infrastructure plans that will keep the country moving.”

In the four years since its foundation, Braidwood Associates has become one of the world’s leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancies. Richard Braidwood has built a business that provides specialist services to 20 clients across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The company is advising on traffic modelling for some of the busiest highways and most populated cities in the world. Additionally Braidwood Associates also works with partners on infrastructure development projects at hubs such as airports and stations.

About Braidwood Associates
Braidwood Associates is a leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy focused within the transport sector. Through carefully managed growth and by providing high quality deliverables to clients, Braidwood Associates has become established as market leaders in providing microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy services in the global market place within the last three years.

With a wide range of traffic simulation software knowledge, traffic modelling experience, dedicated professional resources and proven project experience in varying sizes of traffic studies, Braidwood Associates brings together over 20 years experience in the microsimulation traffic modelling industry.

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Ferry operator Stena Line offers business travellers a smarter way to travel with the Harwich to Hook of Holland ferry service

Leading ferry operator Stena Line has launched plans to attract the international business traveler by offering business travellers a smarter way to travel to Holland with Stena Line’s Harwich to Hook of Holland ferry service.

Stena Line Ferries have announced they are looking to fill what they see as a previously overlooked gap in the international travel market and believe they have the answer. To this end Stena are offering what they feel is the ideal travel solution for both business travellers from East Anglia and busy city workers travelling to Holland, with the Dutchflyer ticket which allows them to take the regular train service from a variety of locations such as London Liverpool Street to Harwich Port, in just over ninety minutes, where passengers can transfer over to the ferry.

Travelling with Stena Line offers business travellers the chance to quickly and easily set off after a day in the office, and still be able to do their work on the ship in the comfort and quiet of the WiFi enabled Stena Plus lounge. Business travellers will also be able to get a good night’s sleep before waking up in Holland feeling refreshed and relaxed, having avoided the stress of busy airport terminals and long check-in queues.

The Dutchflyer ticket provides travellers with transport to many major Dutch cities including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague making it ideal for business meeting arrangements.

The newly refurbished Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica boast onboard facilities that provide business travellers to Holland with useful amenities such as WiFi – so that it is easy to check e-mails and access the Internet.

The Stena Plus lounge allows passengers to work in a quiet and calm environment with the added bonus of complimentary hot and cold beverages and light snacks. Or travellers can put business to one side for a while and take some time to relax with the newspapers and magazines on offer.

Those looking for ultimate privacy can book one of the newly-refurbished cabins. In the Captain Class Cabins there is a high quality Dux Mattress with a comfortable Quadro bedspread as well as the free WiFi internet access and a bureau with a writing case for additional notemaking. Plus the rooms boast a flat screen television for passenger use in order to take time out and relax. The complimentary mini bar also comprises a quarter Piper Heidsieck Champagne, bottles of mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer and snacks.

Peckish passengers needn’t go hungry as they can eat at one of several onboard eateries and those travelling on the overnight service can enjoy a complimentary breakfast enabling them to arrive fresh and ready to get on with business upon arrival in Holland.

In the UK alone, Stena Line offers two daily crossings on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route and over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) as well as providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

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