Tom Charkut

374 Flips | 1 Magazine | 715 Likes | 2 Following | 320 Followers | @tcharkut | Senior IT Project Manager for the City of Lakewood, Colorado. Interests include cycling, energy, cities, metrics, and catchy photos. Views are my own.

The oldest town in every state

There are many ways to define when a city was founded. To determine the oldest city in every state, we did our best to remain consistent in defining the founding of a city by the year of its first settlement — when people arrived and established a place.<p>The unfortunate reality is that many towns …

See the Bike This Cyclist Uses to Ride 20,000 Miles a Year

Lots of people ride bikes to work, to school, or to the grocery store. But few put the kind of miles that Lael Wilcox does. For the past three years, …

Carbon Fiber

Brands boosted by changing gun policies after Parkland

Despite media hype around brands that cut ties with the NRA, overall consumer perception for most of those brands have remain relatively unchanged, …

Colorado

Latest News<p>May 18, 2018<p>ASCE members and leadership were out in force during the sixth annual Infrastructure Week, held this year from May 14-21. …

Nearly all new US electricity capacity was renewable in 2017

Renewable energy played an important role in the US last year... although you might not want to cheer too loudly. Data from both the Rhodium Group and the Energy Information Administration shows that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of the net new electricity capacity (15.8GW out of …

Fossil Fuels

Rip out the bike lanes before more people get hurt

Cyclists are at high risk when they’re on the road. Accident rates per kilometre are 26 to 48 times higher for bikes than for automobiles, according …

Bike Lanes

Exclusive: Cyber Monday showdown - Wal-Mart closes in on Amazon in online price war

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is within striking distance of matching Amazon.com Inc’s online prices for the first time, a key milestone in its effort to regain the “low price leader” title.<p>Workers process outgoing shipments at an Amazon Fulfillment Center on Cyber Monday in Tracy, California, …

Walmart

Tech billionaires spent $170 million on a new kind of school — now classrooms are shrinking and some parents say their kids are 'guinea pigs'

It says it in the name: AltSchool. And it set out to be a different kind of school.<p>Max Ventilla, a Google executive who left the search giant to launch AltSchool in 2013, wooed parents with his vision to bring traditional models of elementary education into the digital age.<p>AltSchool has raised $175 …

59% Of Deloitte's 2017 Technology Fast 500 Are Software Companies

• Seven of the top ten 2017 winners are software companies including ClassPass, Toast, Liftoff, SalesLoft, ShipHawk, iSpot.tv and Cylance.<br>• Notable enterprise software companies on the 2017 North America Technology Fast 500 include Adaptive Insights, Alteryx, Apttus, Domo, Cloudera, Couchbase, …

North America

Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake is the only woman to lead a tech IPO this year

Fewer than 8 percent of all U.S. IPOs this year were led by women.<p>In 2017, a woman-led IPO is still rare. In tech, it’s nearly nonexistent.<p>That makes Katrina Lake — the founder and CEO taking Stitch Fix public today — especially notable. Stitch Fix is an online retailer that provides personalized …

Stitch Fix

Smartphone usage by the numbers via Deloitte

Smartphone usage and adoption has matured, but 47 percent of consumers want less of their devices.<p>Americans collectively check smartphones 12 billion …

Mobile

First global bike-share data feed launched

Ito World has introduced a global bike-sharing data feed which curates and integrates the disparate data of schemes around the world.<p>The transport …

Adidas is trouncing Nike and Under Armour on their home field

Adidas can’t be stopped. The German sportswear label reported another surge in North American sales this quarter. Adidas brand sales jumped 31% in the quarter, topping $1 billion in the region.<p>What makes that accomplishment so impressive is that sales of activewear and sneakers in the US are …

Sports Industry

Teens are turning their backs on Pandora at a staggering rate, and it should worry investors

Internet radio pioneer Pandora took a beating on Friday, as its stock plunged around 25% after a dismal Q4 revenue forecast. And there's a sign that more trouble is on the horizon: teens are fleeing the service at a staggering rate, according to a recent survey by Piper Jaffray.<p>Pandora has gone …

How 'Bike Friendly' Is Your State?

Washington, Minnesota and California received high marks in a new report on the most bicycle-friendly states, while Nebraska, Hawaii and North Dakota …

Transparent solar panels are “the wave of the future”

See-through Solar Panels<p>Solar panels and solar power-generating windows are a couple of things people have come up with to take advantage of the Sun, …

Clean Energy

What $16M From Uber, Lyft Could Do for Chicago Public Transit

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Many cities are grappling with public transit revenue lost to private ride-sharing …

India's Startups Are Filing More Patents Than Ever Before -- Here's Why

Abhishek Satish and Adarsh Warrier were students pursuing engineering in the south Indian town of Vellore when they founded Vicara – a startup that develops wearable technology devices. Soon after, Satish and Warrier filed a patent for a gesture recognition device they’d created called Kai. “When …

Startups

Three Ways Detroit’s Housing Picture Is Changing

Detroit’s narrative — like that of so many cities — is dominated by the white flight-induced city-suburb split. But as a new report from the Urban …

People are raising hundreds of millions selling digital coins online — it's either the future of funding or a 'bubble'

Over half a billion dollars has been raised through so-called "Initial Coin Offerings" (ICOs) since the start of the year, according to Richard Kastelein, a partner at the Cryptoassets Design Group, a company that helps launch ICOs.<p>It's an incredible amount considering that ICOs were unheard of …

Pedal-ins and car burials: what happened to America's forgotten 1970s cycle boom?

‘Bicycle madness’ once saw US bike sales outstrip cars, and spawned ambitious plans for 100,000 miles of cycle paths. Then the music stopped<p>“The bicycle’s biggest wave of popularity in its 154-year history,” gushed Time magazine in 1970 at the start of America’s five-year love affair with the bike. …

Google Attribution: A Huge Analytics Change Is Coming Your Way

What Does This News From Google Mean?<p>Attribution is one of the biggest challenges that marketers have been facing for years. Attribution helps …

Marketing

So, Where Are All Those Robots?

Low unemployment. Low productivity growth. Low corporate investment in new technology. What’s going on?<p>Lots of people think that the robots are coming to steal everybody’s jobs. I even wrote a whole thing about what would happen if they did.<p>But another story is emerging from several recent papers …

Economics

Copenhagen cycle jams tackled with electronic information panels

Danish capital last year saw more bicycles enter city than cars, with almost half of residents cycling to work or school<p>Copenhagen now has so many cyclists that the city is installing electronic information panels along its bike lanes to help prevent two-wheeled traffic jams.<p>In what city hall has …

Bike Lanes

Where is the world's densest city?

Evenly spread over all of the world’s mountains, deserts and other terrains, we would be standing 150 metres away from our nearest neighbours. In the most densely populated cities – from Dhaka to Medellin – we’re right on top of them<p>Cities are all about density – groups of strangers agreeing to …

Urbanism

Waffle House Index Born Out of Joplin Storm

(TNS) - Waffle House has carved out its niche among Southern road-trippers and the late-night bar crowd with a promise of 24-hour constancy. Its …

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention lately when it comes to solar roofs, but start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof …

Solar Power

What is the optimum tire pressure for road bikes?

<i>Most riders appreciate the importance of tyre pressure but our understanding is changing. Where once high tyre pressures (>100psi) were believed to</i> …

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AN OIL refinery is an industrial cathedral, a place of power, drama and dark recesses: ornate cracking towers its gothic pinnacles, flaring gas its …

University of Chicago

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