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Green Transportation on Display

With gas prices rising, Chicago commuters will have an opportunity to preview a range of electric and biodiesel cars and other fuel-efficient and non-polluting vehicles at the first Eco-Transportation Show on a downtown street August 15.

The event is sponsored by Foresight Design Initiative, a local nonprofit that brings students and consumers together with professionals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to promote sustainable design.

In additional to biodiesel and hybrid vehicles – and an ecologically-friendly London taxi – the show will feature a Twike (which stands for “twin bike,”a three-wheeled vehicle powered by footpedal and by electricity), an Xtracycle (a “sport utility bicycle” with cargo-hauling capacity), a prototype of an electric four-wheel-drive ATV – about 15 closed vehicles altogether, and a half dozen scooters, cargo bikes, and Segways, said Christine Esposito of the Eco-Transportation Show. Owners will be there to explain and discuss their vehicles, she said.

The show takes place Tuesday, August 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the street on the east side of the 300 block of N. Jefferson, with a media preview from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Chicago environmental commissioner Sadhu Johnson.

From 7 to 8 p.m., representatives of the CTA, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, and the Metropolitan Planning Council will discuss city planning for more sustainable transportation at the Jefferson Tap, 325 N. Jefferson (with a $5 charge for the program).


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