tagged w/ Bicycles
Want to try out the new London hire bikes before their introduction in July? Simple, just fly to Saguenay, Quebec. That’s where the bikes - built by Canadian company Bixi – are rolling of the production line even as I type.
And at their official unveiling this month we got to see exactly what the much-touted bikes – London’s answer to the hugely popular Velib scheme in Paris – will look like.
Well first up is the colour – a deep, very Tory, very Boris, blue. Then there are the reams of anti-theft devices that indicate that, although the whole street-bike hire scheme involves a level of trust in the capital’s populace, there’s an acceptance here that bike theft in the city is pretty endemic.
Saddles are welded in place so no enterprising type can make off with a comfy new seat for his old bike, and all the cabling and the chain are neatly tucking away beyond the reach of light fingers.
There are concessions to the sad state of London’s roads too. Tyres are double the normal depth of rubber and those so-light-you-can-lift-it-with-one-finger alloys are ignored for something a little more, well, industrial.
But these aren’t meant to be racing bikes – they’re workhorses and idlers – and Bixi have an enviable reputation in Canada with the Montreal scheme seen as one of the most popular in the world, racking up over a million rides in its first month. One innovative Bixi policy that won’t be making its way across the Atlantic though is their commitment to solar power. The Montreal docking stations were solar powered, while London’s will run on more conventional power sources, suggesting that although the makers are thousands of miles away, they at least know what to expect from London weather.
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Tuesday's edition of my twice a week talk show.Watch
or listen to the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues & Thurs.
In today's show :
Why is there a bicycle behind me ?
Losing half of yourself.
Straight out of the hole.
He wants to go.
Singing every morning.
I might go shopping later.
I nearly burn the house down.
News of the birds nest.
Doug spots Katie using her cat flap.
Getting rid of the snails.
I think they starved.
Volcano news from Robert.
1 bar left.
Not quite sure how long I've got left.
Such a cruel ending on this years Eurovision.
Pushing up the hills.
The forest ranger.
My Aunt looks into the future.
My butch voice.
www.chrisreardon.co.ukTuesday's edition of my twice a week talk show.Watch or listen to the show here... more
Hosts Max Lugavere and Jason Silva present a look at life in France as usually experienced only by locals and adventurous travelers. In Part 7 we learn about the public bicycle system in Paris, known as "Velib."Hosts Max Lugavere and Jason Silva present a look at life in France as usually... more
Only four more weeks till June 12th and the worlds largest naked parade! This will be my fifth year of participation. Last year, I didn't get home till three days later .
http://chicagonakedride.org/Only four more weeks till June 12th and the worlds largest naked parade! This will be... more
Were you among the thousands of Americans who ditched their cars to pedal in to the office?Were you among the thousands of Americans who ditched their cars to pedal in to the... more
The Netherlands are well equipped with cycle-paths and other segregated cycle facilities. The network stretches to all provinces, and the bordering nations - Belgium and Germany. The country values its cycleways as much as any other method of transportation - like a network of roads, these cycleways can take one from any city to a destination of choice - even long distances such as from Maastricht to Amsterdam. As a result, the quality of these cycleways is very high, and cycling at considerable speed is possible. These cycleways come in many forms, with their own sets of rules and systems - including traffic signals (or traffic lights), tunnels and lanes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-AbPav5E5M&feature=player_embeddedThe Netherlands are well equipped with cycle-paths and other segregated cycle... more
During a Critical Mass in NY, a police officer Patrick Pogan pushed over a biker. There is video of the incident. This act of police brutality has been disregarded by authorities, because the plaintiff once got kicked out of the army for marijuana.
Boo.shove-cop-did-nothing-wrong-say-jerks During a Critical Mass in NY, a police... more
"A new bicycle cooperative, Veloswan made a splash yesterday with a casual mention of their organization on Twitter:
We have a space, we have bikes, and we have people. Veloswan, Lakeland’s own bicycle cooperative, is finally here! – @veloswan
Within hours community members were asking about the group’s goals, where to find contact information and how to volunteer. Even the media was on the hunt out for more about Veloswan with messages on popular social media channels."
http://www.lakelandlocal.com/2010/04/veloswan-hopes-to-open-bicycle-co-op-center/"A new bicycle cooperative, Veloswan made a splash yesterday with a casual... more
1. The King of Cock
3. Honduras Coup Plug
4. Mayan’s fight back against Goldcorp
5. The ELF strikes in Mexico
6. Jim Hansen’s Coal Theater
7. Uribe’s new boss
8. cOalbama’s clean energy plan
9. Really clean CO2 free transport
10. Emergency Broadcast Network
11. Nickelsville USAThis Week: 1. The King of Cock 2. Twiran 3. Honduras Coup Plug 4. Mayan’s... more
See the culture and places in Mexico in a way usually experienced only by locals and the most adventurous travelers. In this portion of "Unseen Mexico," Crystal Fambrini joins thousands of cyclists as they pedal their way through Baja.See the culture and places in Mexico in a way usually experienced only by locals and... more
Sometimes people decide to call things FAILs, when they aren't really that FAIL. I try to find the glimmer of goodness in everything, so this is another edition of some FAILs that I don't think are really FAILs.
If there's one rule for Baby Party, it's that EVERYONE ENJOY THEMSELVES. This INCLUDES smokers!
The benefit of putting a generator powered air conditioner on top of your car is that you can refuel and the generator, AT THE SAME TIME! Just don't roll down the back window. ("Yo dawg I heard you like filling things with gas, so we put a gas powered generator in yo car, so you can refuel while you refuel.")
Nobody has suggested that Carrot Top as a Bobcat is a FAIL, but in case they do, let me tell you: it is not. Bobcats are often considered the prop comics of the animal kingdom.
Those who've said that it's a FAIL for Jon Gosselin to wear Ed Hardy ought to reconsider. Did you notice that he was wearing a backpack, probably full of school supplies? He's sending an important message to youngsters EDUCATION IS COOL. If you can't see that, you suffer from ignorance.
The only FAIL here is that this is no longer technically a bicycle, it is a Quintcycle, but it has a spacious basket, so overall you WIN.
I don't know what a LIFE is but it's definitely not a FAIL. This old dude can fully immerse himself in television. He'll never miss another episode of Amos n Andy EVER AGAIN.
With the prevalence of student-teacher sex cases, this sign may actually be accurate. That being said, by investigating these magazines, it might be possible to discover which sexy teachers will strike next.
Do you agree that these are FAIL-FREE, or is that suggestion in fact a FAIL?Sometimes people decide to call things FAILs, when they aren't really that FAIL.... more
Boston natives Matt Finkle and Brittain Sullivan are traveling the country taking portraits of people and their bikes to eventually turn into a photo book. I caught up with them at their first stop at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle.Boston natives Matt Finkle and Brittain Sullivan are traveling the country taking... more
as above sorry no more info on this
Here in Orlando, we have a lot of bicyclist and a lot of drivers who pass us extremely close and fast, some honk horns and yell slurs, others throw stuff. This video is from the last Critical Mass on February 26, 2010. Critical Mass is a monthly event where bicyclists come together on the last Friday of every month to promote awareness of bicyclists sharing the road with cars and also just to have a good time with fellow bicyclists, we mean no harm. Watch the video and let me know if you think what the cop did was justified.Here in Orlando, we have a lot of bicyclist and a lot of drivers who pass us extremely... more
Living greener doesn't have to require a trip to the store or a hefty out-of-pocket-expense. It's all about taking stock of what you already have and creatively using those resources to create an eco-tastic lifestyle.
http://www.greenwala.com/profiles/elizah-leigh/blog/4821-The-8-Cheapest-Most-Effective-Green-Lifestyle-ToolsLiving greener doesn't have to require a trip to the store or a hefty... more
In a world of environmental change, where are we at? Project: Southern Tier is a 4 part series that looks at regional environmental topics on a cross-country bicycle ride through the Southern Tier of the United States.
A great resource for teachers and for anyone who feels that they can contribute to making a difference for our polluted planet.
Project: Southern Tier 1-1 from Jeff Hyland on Vimeo.
http://www.vimeo.com/3880279In a world of environmental change, where are we at? Project: Southern Tier is a 4... more
Chris talks to Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop abt bicycle culture at ACL. There are also great shots of the massive bicycle parking at the music festival.Chris talks to Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop abt bicycle culture at ACL. There are... more