tagged w/ Bicycling
You've all seen how we roll here at Worldchanging -- by consistently cranking out some of the best solutions to the worlds most pressing problems...
But now, we want to turn the spotlight onto you -- specifically for Bike To Work Day, on Friday, May 15th.
What does your bike route look like? Are there any streets that can be improved? Or is your street totally "bike friendly? Are there any really amazing buildings or sights that make your ride that much more enjoyable? Are you sitting in a bike box and want to show the world what that is? What makes your city unique for bike commuters? What do you look like on your two wheeled, pedal powered green machine?
Bring your camera along for the ride on Friday and show us how you roll. Photograph any part of your ride that shows us that you not only participated in Bike to Work Day, but also shows us what biking in your town looks like. We would like to see anything and everything from your days ride.
Submit your photos via flickr to our group or by emailing them to: sean (at) worldchanging (dot) com. Check back for the link to our Bike Day coverage that will be posted on our flickr group and either on Worldchanging Seattle or Worldchanging!You've all seen how we roll here at Worldchanging -- by consistently cranking out... more
Don't let it go to your head, Portlanders, but we've been ranked #1 in terms of being a green city.
More parks, bike commuters and sustainable practices than just about anywhere else in the country, Portland proves itself as being a role model for the nation.Don't let it go to your head, Portlanders, but we've been ranked #1 in terms... more
This nifty contraption (prototype at this point) will project a personal bike lane behind you, giving other vehicles fair warning, and also making you seem oh-so-cool.
"Our system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative."This nifty contraption (prototype at this point) will project a personal bike lane... more
Portland, Oregon, known as the best bicycling city in the nation, is also known for it's dedicated bike lane markings to be made into funny characters.
"2009 marks the 10th anniversary of a proud Portland tradition: our creatively modified bike lane pavement markings or what I like to call, “bike lane guys”'Portland, Oregon, known as the best bicycling city in the nation, is also known for... more
For all the cycling fans out there....
Get involved in one of the greatest road races in the US. Pick a stage, a volunteer position and you'll be part of the action.For all the cycling fans out there.... Get involved in one of the greatest road... more
Using a Facebook application called "I Crossed Your Path," cyclists will be able to make connections with each other by exchanging information - online or through a smartphone - about which routes they took that day. With the information it collects, the project might also help urban planners make better decisions on things like where new bike paths should be built.Using a Facebook application called "I Crossed Your Path," cyclists will be... more
Ever wondered what the stars of the sporting world would do for a living if they weren't playing sport? Well, wonder no more... Read on to discover the ideal alternative employment for ten prominent sports figures.
Usain Bolt — SAPS officer (Foot Patrol)
One hundred metres in 9.69 seconds. How many of South Africa's finest, bellies swinging in unison over police-issue belts, can claim to do even ten metres in that time? This country's extensive array of criminals simply wouldn't stand a chance with Constable Bolt on the beat...
David Beckham — Hollywood hairstylist
From Mohicans to Mullets, Becks has had as many hairstyles as Victoria has pairs of shoes. And that's plenty. With container-loads of styling products no doubt stashed away in his Beverly Hills back garden, David has the know-how to get the best out of the tresses of America's rich and famous.
Serena Williams — Construction worker
The younger of the Williams sisters has biceps that make Rafael Nadal's wings look positively skinny. She looks like she could bench press Jelena Jankovic, squat Roger Federer and still have the energy to crush Maria Sharapova in straight sets. Heavy lifting on the construction scene? She's your man... er, woman.
Kevin Pietersen — Talk show host
Who loves the sound of his own voice more than the world's most famous former South African? 'On the couch with KP' could give Miss Winfrey's show a serious run for its money. With celebrity wife Jessica Taylor clapping hysterically in the front row, the England captain could give his take on topics like "Help! My son plays for England" and "Freddie: How I conquered my pedalo demons".
Lance Armstrong — Paris tour guide
That's right; it's not about the bike. It's about the tour bus. With a champagne glass in one hand and a scruffy map in the other, Lance could share his intimate knowledge of the French countryside with throngs of Chinese tourists.
Kimi Raikkonen — SA minibus taxi driver
The Kimster's experiences behind the wheel of an F1 car, changing gear at somewhere close to 18 000rpm, would appear dull in comparison should he spend some time piloting a vehicle from South Africa's most (in)famous fleet. With a splash of octane-booster in his HiAce, and 'Iceman' emblazoned across the rear window, one can just imagine Raikkonen hitting speeds in excess of 300km/h down the yellow line...
Jonny Wilkinson — Physiotherapist
Let's face it, England's fragile flyhalf spends more time on the physio's table than he does behind a kicking tee. He must have picked up some expert knowledge by now. And having seen the inside of countless rehabilitation centres, who better to coax someone's granddad back to health after yet another pesky broken hip?
Michael Phelps — Wine maker
What makes an ace grape-stomper? You guessed it... massive feet. And this American swimmer's size-14 flippers would result in an unheard of grapes-to-wine conversion rate, winning him certain gold in wine-making department. I'd drink to that.
Tiger Woods — President of the USA
Who needs Barack Obama? Woods has absolutely dominated a sport once exclusively played by old white guys. In the process, Eldrick (as Tiger's mum might know him) has almost single-handedly created an almighty surge of interest in golf. Just think what he could do for American politics. Tiger for the White House, I say.
Yao Ming — Shoprite shelf-packer
Currently the tallest player in the NBA, taking care of the bulk packs of toilet rolls on the top shelf in aisle seven would prove a cinch for Mr. Ming. China's most famous basketball player towers at 7 feet 6 inches, invaluable height in the retail industry. Who knows, he could even help out in the parking area, spotting a vacant bay from 100 metres.Ever wondered what the stars of the sporting world would do for a living if they... more
The TREE Fund Tour des Trees has become known for its fun-loving, supportive group of men and women of all ages and professions who enjoy road biking, great scenery, and making a difference in the future health and beauty of community trees.
The Tour des Trees is the signature event of the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), a 501(c)3 organization. It is a 5 to 7 day cycling event that covers distances up to and over 500 miles.
Tour des Trees riders participate in public education programs and tree planting events to help raise community awareness of the importance of urban and community trees and forests. They also help the TREE Fund raise money for the research and education programs it supports.
This film covers the most recent Tour des Trees. I highly encourage you to join us on next year's ride.The TREE Fund Tour des Trees has become known for its fun-loving, supportive group of... more
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong responded strongly to the Tour organizer's new president's comment that he has "embarrassed" cycling's premier race.
"We can't say that he has not embarrassed the Tour de France, as he has had a quite a complicated history with it," Jean-Etienne Amaury said earlier Saturday in French sports newspaper L'Equipe.Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong responded strongly to the Tour... more
More bicycles on the road means more chances for drivers yakking on cell phones or gorging on McFood to hit one, right?
According to a study by researchers at the University of New South Wales, the number of collisions decreases as the number of bicycles in traffic increases. It sounds like a paradox, they say, but motorists are more likely to drive carefully and respectfully when there are more cyclists on the road.
"It's a virtuous cycle," says Dr Julie Hatfield. "The likelihood that an individual cyclist will be struck by a motorist falls with increasing rate of bicycling in a community. And the safer cycling is perceived to be, the more people are prepared to cycle."More bicycles on the road means more chances for drivers yakking on cell phones or... more
This is pretty bad ass. Better than a one-handed manouver, it is a gadget on wheels. lovely!!
You can even download the software if you are willing to geek out
'HELLO IM THE CONTROL PANEL'- LOL
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Gina Trapani's new bike is one of a small fleet of GPS- and cameraphone-equipped bicycles that Flickr has deployed in several cities around the world. Flickr + GPS + solar power + bicycles = how can I not be utterly charmed?
The bikes have handlebar-mounted cameraphones (Nokia N95s, based on the metadata in the Flickr photos) that are set to snap every 60 seconds while the bike is in motion. The photos then get uploaded, along with their geodata, to a special Flickr account.This is pretty bad ass. Better than a one-handed manouver, it is a gadget on wheels.... more
Proposed bike lanes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn are being criticized by the local Hasidic Jewish community. They are concerned that the paths will encourage more scantily-clad hipster women to ride through their neighborhood. Hasids are not allowed to look at members of the opposite sex, if they are not fully-clothed. The community protested billboards for the new 90210 series, which were then taken down.
On one hand it makes sense to say that an insular community should be allowed to uphold its own standards, but on the other this is a public works project that benefits the entire city.
What do you think?Proposed bike lanes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn are being criticized by the local... more
A bicycling bank thief has hit three banks in Boston, MA.
In each robbery - in Weymouth, Watertown and Shrewsbury - the robber wore a form-fitting bicycling outfit and covered the bridge of his nose with a “surgical bandage".
The man passed a note demanding money. He escaped on a bicycle.A bicycling bank thief has hit three banks in Boston, MA. In each robbery - in... more
The recent surge in gas prices and growing concern over carbon emissions have goosed efforts to increase bicycle ridership in metropolitan areas, but the U.S. still lags far behind Europe and Asia. A recent survey of worldwide trends in the Washington Post suggests that the reason is not, as is often assumed, some uniquely American pattern of land use. Although no single policy is a magic bullet, the overall prescription is clear: when bicycling becomes more convenient and driving more expensive, many people
switch to bikes.The recent surge in gas prices and growing concern over carbon emissions have goosed... more
It's no surprise that many estimates show more people around the country using their bicycles to get around, and now some employers are actually rewarding employees who ride bikes to work with extra benefits.It's no surprise that many estimates show more people around the country using... more
Good article on the variants of the industry, politcs, economy and international affairs all surrounding the power of the two wheels. Pedal Power indeed, go India!
Progress is happens one step at a time.
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(image) Pedal power: A file photo of activists at a BJP rally. Political parties have begun to distribute bicycles for free to pull in votes.
A significant proportion of the working population even in cities—postmen, newspaper deliverers, snack sellers, construction workers and so on— cycle to work every day.
Their cause hasn’t been helped by roads that have no clearly marked lanes for bicycles, making their daily commute a hazardous affair.
In recent terrorist attacks in Bangalore and Jaipur, bombs were found planted in bicycles. That could crimp demand if more cities and states ask buyers of new bicycles for proof of identity as New Delhi already does.
“This will create a problem because a majority of the people who need a cycle, say in a village, do not have any such proof,” says Ishwar Chugh, director, Atlas Cycles, which produced 250,000 cycles last year.
Still, those who have to, and those who want to, use bicycles, even in cities.
Postman Brahmanand Maji in New Delhi prefers to commute on a cycle. “It’s easier to distribute mail on a cycle.”
The children’s bicycles segment of the market is growing by around 18% a year. Several foreign companies such as Sri Lanka’s Lumala and the US’ Firefox Bikes Pvt. Ltd and Trek Bicycle Corp. are present in this market. At around Rs1.9 lakh, Trek’s high-end bicycle costs as much as the least expensive car currently available in the market, the Maruti 800.
“We are saved by the children, and now the government programme,” says Omkar Pahwa, managing director of the Rs325 crore Avon Cycles Ltd, which produces 1.5 million bicycles a month. The company saw its export m argins drop by 3% last year, but domestic sales grew three times “because of government buying”.
Still, India doesn’t have a cycling culture, says Ludhiana-based Avtar Bhogal, who exports axle hubs to Europe. “In Europe, you can expect a chief executive of a company to ride to office. In India, a politician rides for publicity for one day and the media is all over about it. Then, everyone forgets.”
In June, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party pledged to ride a cycle to work once a week to protest a hike in fuel prices announced by the Union government.
He stopped his pedal-pushing protest last week.
Good article on the variants of the industry, politcs, economy and international... more
Lance is back!!!!! need i say more
"Lance Armstrong will come out of retirement next year to compete in five road races with the Astana team, according to sources familiar with the developing situation.
Armstrong, who turns 37 this month, will compete in the Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Nice, the Tour de Georgia, the Dauphine-Libere and the Tour de France — and will race for no salary or bonuses, the sources, who asked to remain anonymous, told VeloNews."
Alberto, Levi AND Lance?? My gawd, what an arsenal. Astana is poised to kick some serious butt."Lance Armstrong will come out of retirement next year to compete in five road... more
Bikes with chains may be becoming an endangered species. Belt-driven bikes, which were introduced by boutique bike makers a couple of years ago, are just starting to hit the mainstream. Trek has introduced two new urban bikes for 2009 with belt drives rather than chains, and they look pretty sweet.
The benefit to a belt drive system over a chain and shifters system is that it won't stretch and break over time like a chain, weighs significantly less, stays clean (and keeps your cuffs clean) and is quiet. The downside? It's more expensive. The two bikes Trek has unveiled, the District and the Soho, will run you $930 and $990, respectively. But as with all new tech, the prices are always highest right when it starts hitting the mainstream. Look for bikes with belt drives to start coming from many more big bike companies for much less in the coming years.Bikes with chains may be becoming an endangered species. Belt-driven bikes, which were... more