Colorado Hyperloop has been busy working behind the scenes to lay the foundation to best serve you and the idea of a hyperloop in Colorado.
Hyperloop interest is increasing with both decision-makers in government, the general public and businesses in Colorado.
Survey of the 2018 Colorado Governor Candidates
We are thankful for the candidates who answered our questionnaire.
Survey Question: Do you think of a very fast Hyperloop transportation system along a North-South alignment from Fort Collins to Pueblo connecting all major cities and airports along the corridor is a good or bad idea?
The results of these surveys are being compiled into a one-page white paper meant to inform decision-makers and people unfamiliar with hyperloop
Colorado Hyperloop wants this technology to be designed in a way that will help the communities and not hurt them. The Hyperloop is all about connection. It is about eliminating borders and going beyond the limitations of time and space. It is meant to empower communities and that’s why we wanted to incorporate these future users.
Thank you to everyone that has already filled out the surveys!
We want your art submissions! What do you think a hyperloop in Colorado would look like? This submission was kindly developed by KNewsUpdate.
Use #COHyperloopHere for your art impact submissions or contact us here: https://coloradohyperloop.com/contact/
The goal is to start to think how art could be displayed or used to in transportation. Credit to RTD’s great use of art in their transportation projects: http://www.rtd-denver.com/artnTransit.shtml
We are still working with other groups on how to represent pro-hyperloop organizations in Colorado. Details will be provided soon, contact us for your input.
What if we could help design hyperloop technology in a way that is more human-centered?
To design it in a way that will help the communities and not hurt them. The Hyperloop is all about connection. It is about eliminating borders and going beyond the limitations of time and space. It is meant to empower communities and that’s why we wanted to incorporate these future users.
Help us out by completing one (or both) Colorado Hyperloop surveys:
Are you a citizen of Colorado that wants to see the development of the Hyperloop and make Colorado better?
Are you interested in the opportunity to participate in one of the most dynamic technical and societal impact-focused events of the year, where you’ll get to meet and collaborate with other hyperloop visionaries, entrepreneurs, and other changemakers?
Colorado Hyperloop, as a Hyperloop One Global Challenge Semi-Finalist, is seeking to show leadership-level participants and judges YOUR input.
Here’s how it works:
How can we illustrate with art the impact of generations, racial, socioeconomic, geographic – to create a hyperloop system that works for everyone?
Transform your vision of what and where you want to see Hyperloop and how it would look. Give your art (text, video, etc) context in the following cities if possible: (Fort Collins, CO ↔ Greeley ↔ Loveland ↔ Longmont ↔ Boulder ↔ Westminster ↔ Denver ↔ Centennial ↔ Monument ↔ Castle Rock ↔ Colorado Springs ↔ Pueblo) Amaze us! Are you a school age kid or city planner or community organizers or new immigrant or a woman or teacher or a person? Then submit some art!
Upload your masterpiece to your social media accounts and tag them #COHyperloopHere so we can track them across the interwebz.
If we like your vision (or if it at least makes us smile), we’ll repost on our own channels and tag you.
When you see it on our socials, go encourage your friends, family, coworkers to upvote/share/like/re-tweet your masterpiece as we want intersectoral viewpoints!
Good luck, and we can’t wait to see your creations!
Big infrastructure projects like the hyperloop are going to need to be as agile as possibe, or else the communities, and politicians won’t want to spend money on them.
It seems like the US is needing to catch up to other innovative cities around the world. Hopefully Google will help make hyperloop projects in their own backyard.
Below is the original press release post from Larry Page:
Many of you are reading this post while living in a city. And you can probably think of a ton of ways you’d like your city to be better—more affordable housing, better public transport, less pollution, more parks and green spaces, safer biking paths, a shorter commute… the list goes on!
Many cities around the world have already made a lot of progress in some of these areas—for instance, developing dashboards to measure and visualize traffic patterns, and building tools that let residents instantly evaluate and provide feedback on city services. But a lot of urban challenges are interrelated—for example, availability of transportation affects where people choose to live, which affects housing prices, which affects quality of life. So it helps to start from first principles and get a big-picture view of the many factors that affect city life. Then, you can develop the technologies and partnerships you need to make a difference.
So I’m very excited about +Sidewalk Labs, a new company we’ve announced today. (The press release is at www.sidewalkinc.com if you want to read more). Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant. I want to thank +Adrian who helped to bring Dan on board.
While this is a relatively modest investment and very different from Google’s core business, it’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and Calico. Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important. And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless. Now it’s time to hit the streets and get to work!
The MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium was where Elon Musk answered a question on the Hyperloop. The question was prompted by Elliot Owen, who built a working model of the hyperloop tube and pods (that can be seen below). The question can be seen in the link below, at the 01:02:00 mark:
He was asked by on whether temperature of the Hyperloop tube would be too high. Elon responded that the diameter of the hyperloop tube would be twice the diameter of the hyperloop pod, to allow air to flow around the pod. You dont want a tight fit.
Inner part of the hyperloop tube must be smooth. So you might even have to run a grinder in the inside of the tube to smooth it out.
The air-ski’s are spring when the pod is moving through the tube.
Expansion of the tube, due to thermal differences, must happen at the terminals. Each pylon must also be allowed to stretch, and you can’t hard constrain it at the pylons.
So much more in the interview and questions, so just watch the whole interview. Below are Elliot Owen’s working model of the hyperloop & presentation.
Watch a couple of minutes of this presentation to see how the project has come about:
Modularness is the main point, but the whole project is driven by the developer/maker community.
There are plenty of themes that the Colorado Hyperloop can use for its development. But in reality, in order for the Hyperloop to be built along the front range, it will truly have to be developed in conjunction with community input. The tube and loop system should be as modular and customizable as possible.
The wider community facilities development and that is why the hyperloop should demonstrate different modular designs.
The morning commute to work or school is an experience that most of us would rather not have to do. In a car company sponsored post on the website Good.is, we learn that countries spend money (shock! Perhaps earned from taxes?!) on commuters for the infrastructure that they use!
The infographic that goes along with the article projects an increase in ridership (and walking and bikership) by 2030.
What if commuting on the hyperloop meant that you would get paid for your ride? If congestion gets so bad on roads and highways as well as above ground trains, the hyperloop would harness its energy efficient, fast and safe transportation to undercut the expensive, dirty and unsafe other transportation. Just check out the latest advertisement from the Colorado Hyperloop.
The Denver Business Journal does not normally post things that might touch on Human-Centered Design but today they relayed the findings from a University of Colorado Denver paper that walkable cities make for healthier citizens. The study goes more into how the physical streets (not really sidewalks) have been designed, networked and planned over time and how that determines whether they have “good public health”. From the Denver Business Journal:
Good job CU Denver Department of Civil Engineering!
The news story is similar to the Colorado Hyperloop poston NASA monitoring the air quality above Colorado. But it ties those kind of findings with a Danish way of life. Specifically, how to make healthy cities by Jan Hehl:
Having a hyperloop station in the most densely populated areas with best pedestrian and public transport access would be ideal. Im just not sure how that would work though… but thats why we need to start thinking big.
But lets end on a high note. Read the excellent post on the Gehl Architects blog by Sustainia’s Fabijana Popovic: