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Friday, May 31, 2013

Realtors Using Pedal Power To Sell Homes [Forbes]

(Forbes Image)
When Jeanne Harrison, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker’s Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C.,  takes clients shopping for a home, her preference is to do the tour using two wheels, not four.
Real estate agents usually “drive fancy cars,” says Harrison,  who along with her partner, Phil Guire, prefers to bicycle instead. “We sell a lot of real estate and we get around by bike a lot.”  After all, in the busy, hard-to-park Capitol Hill area,  pedal power “is the fastest way to get around.”
Ms. Harrison, and her partner, Phil Guire, are  among the growing cadre of real estate agents nationwide cycling alongside their clients to see prospective houses. While she rides her own bike, the buyers often  use the cruisers for rent at the Capital Bikeshare stations.
In part because of its health and environmental benefits, biking is  becoming an increasingly popular way to commute. The District’s three-year-old bike-share program is flourishing. New York’s Citi Bike bike-sharing program launches May 27 with thousands of  three-speed bikes and hundreds of stations.  In June, Chicago joins the fray with hundreds of  two-wheeled cruisers,  initially with about 75 solar-powered docking stations (Washington and New York’s stations are solar-powered too). Within a year, Chicago’s downtown and River North areas are expected to be  home to 400 bike-share stations and about 4,000 bikes.

Locations Set for CoGo Bike Share System; Mid-Summer Launch Planned [Columbus Underground] @colsunderground

Planning is starting to ramp up for CoGo, the newly-branded Columbus bike share system. Organizers hope to have 30 stations installed and 300 bikes available for use by the end of July. They have also released a map showing where the stations will be; the system will extend south to Schiller Park, west to COSI, east to Parsons Avenue and north to 4th Avenue in the Short North.
Alta Bicycle Share’s Heather Bowden, project director for the Columbus system, explained that the stations will be assembled in a local warehouse this June; “they are quick to install since they don’t need to be attached to the ground and they’re solar-powered, so they don’t even need an outlet.”
Annual and daily passes will be available, with a special “founding member” pre-sale starting in June, once the CoGo website is up. [Keep reading at Columbus Underground]

Mohican Mountain Bike 100 is June 1, 2013 7am! #letsride

Mohican Mountain Bike 100
Date/Time: June 1, 2013 7am
Location: Race begins in downtown Loudonville, Ohio. Finish at Mohican Adventures located one mile from downtown.
Race Description: Criss-Cross four counties along a single loop, climb more than 11,000 feet, and go toe to toe with the top pros on this legendary ultra-endurance loop in Northeastern Ohio. The Mohican 100 features both a 100 mile and a 100 kilometer option with five fully stocked aid stations plus self-serve water stops.
Race Info: ENTRY FEE INCLUDES· Race entry· 5 fully stocked aid stations· Post-race buffet BBQ Chicken and Pork Chops dinner with all the fix’ins· Mohican MTB100 T-shirt No guarantee on size and availability for racers who are not pre-registered.·Custom Mohican MTB 100 Beer Mugs for finishers· Memories of Mohican Country that you will never forget.

Side Buddy - sidecar concept

Thursday, May 30, 2013

9th Avenue in NYC
How the “Bikelash” quieted down in New York and other cities. A rider on the 9th Avenue bike lane in New York City. (Image: NYC DOT)
Former New York mayor Ed Koch envisioned bicycles as vehicles for the future, and in 1980 created experimental bike lanes on 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan where riders were protected from speeding traffic by asphalt barriers. It was unlike anything most Americans had ever seen—and some people roared their disapproval. Within weeks, the bike lanes were gone.
Twenty-seven years later New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and his transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan saw the growing ranks of bicyclists on the streets as a key component of 21stCentury transportation, and began building protected bike lanes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They had studied the success of similar projects in Copenhagen and the Netherlands, noting how to make projects more efficient and aesthetically pleasing.
These “green lanes” and pedestrian plazas were an immediate hit but ignited a noisy reaction from a small group of well-connected people unhappy about projects in their neighborhoods, including Bloomberg’s former transportation commissioner. Lawsuits were filed while New York Post and Daily News columnists thundered about the inconvenience to motorists and supposed dangers to pedestrians. New Yorkmagazine declared the situation a “Bikelash” on its cover. 

Monkey Light Pro makes your bike safer and geekier than ever, but at a price [TechHive]

Remember when cramming a baseball card into your bicycle spokes was all the rage? That's still ace, but here's something a little more...high-tech: The folks at MonkeyLetric have shown us spinning LED displays before, but never one as impressive as the Monkey Light Pro. This gadget, currently in Kickstarter mode, effectively turns your bike wheels onto customizable animated luminous discs. Motorcycle noise sold separately.
Here's how Monkey Light works: As you ride, sensors measure how quickly your wheels rotate, and tell the device how and when to display carefully timed flashes of light. The phenomenon of persistence of vision, or the split-second that an image seems to endure after it's flitted away, allows spinning strips of lights blinked in rapid succession to effectively craft a circular LED display.
What MonkeyLight displays is entirely up to you. The Monkey Light Pro will feature Bluetooth connectivity, through which you can select from a gallery of custom options supplied by MonkeyLetric. Make it look like you have an animated dog or have it tell startled drivers to stop, or profess your love of Internet cats——the choice is yours! For the more ambitious lot, MonkeyLetric will provide an API for custom development.
The integrated rechargeable battery boasts up to an eight hour lifespan for your 70-pixel-diameter display. Images orient correctly to each side, which is important for text, if that's what you'd like to display. It's waterproof, it's theft-resistant courtesy of steel straps, and it will add a little over a pound, evenly balanced, to your bike.
MonkeyLetric's Kickstarter project is open until June 21, and it's already amassednearly half of its $180,000 goal. The cheaper half of the early bird specials have been snatched up already, but if you hurry you can grab one of the few remaining $695 kits. The $795 selection is populated by a solid thousand, so only the latest of late will be springing for the $895 retail price.
The MonkeyLetric folks are Kickstarter veterans whose previous project turned out to be quite the success. Even if you don't contribute, it looks like funding is assured. So, why not ride the band-bicycle to glorious self-expression? (Don't answer that.)

Biking gets some love @ColumbusAlive #letsride

May 30, 2013


Share the Road Kickoff Event!

The campaign will officially kickoff with a bike-to-work ride with Mayor Coleman on the morning of June 17, 2013. The event will start at 7:30 a.m. (arrive 7:15 a. m.) with brief remarks at Westside Health Center at 2300 W. Broad Street (adjacent to Wheatland Avenue) on the Hilltop and will finish at Portman Plaza on the south side of Columbus City Hall between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

Yay Bikes! will have a table in the plaza at city hall, ride with the mayor and/or stop by and show your support for the Share the Road campaign! #letsride

3-foot distance between cyclists and drivers could become state law

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Who are cycle lanes for?

Who are cycle lanes for? from British Cycling on Vimeo.

How America's Biggest Bike Share Will Turn NYC into a Cycling City [Gizmodo]

CitiBike has landed. Yesterday, amid a scrum of politicians and reporters, city officials introduced the system poised to transform New York street life. But keeping track of 6,000 new bikes—not to mention their riders—will be no small chore. And to do it, the city is implementing a handful of smart systems, ranging from modular docking system to solar-powered tail lights.
The program is a long time coming. Other cities, like Boston, D.C., and Chattanooga (who knew?), have been there first. But New York poses its own unique problems: There’s the simmering culture war between cyclists and pretty much everyone else. There’s the vastly understaffed accident report squad, which has bungled the cases of several cyclists killed in the past year. There’s the infrastructural shortcomings of a densely-populated city where roads are vital economic lifelines—and the claiming of said roads by cyclists is viewed by businesses asnothing short of aggressive.
CitiBike, then, represents a massive experiment. It will put thousands of new cyclists on the road. It will introduce New York to cycling as a mode of transportation, rather than the rarified subculture of FredsJoseph Gordon-Levitt, and David Byrne. For drivers and longtime cyclists alike, this is a watershed moment, fraught with anxiety. At the same time, for all of the hand-wringing and political backtracking it's incurred, CitiBike represents the culmination of some pretty remarkable technologies.

How America's Biggest Bike Share Will Turn NYC into a Cycling City[Keep reading at Gizmodo]

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Volunteer with CoGo Bike Share

Help promote the launch of CoGo, the Columbus Bike Share system coming later this summer. Volunteers are needed to help staff the information booth at major events throughout the summer festival season.
Columbus Arts Festival: June 7-9
Columbus Pride: June 21-22
Comfest: June 28-30
Red, White and Boom: July 3
Doo Dah: July 4 (the non-booth booth)
Jazz and Rib Fest. July 19-21
If you are interested in helping promote CoGo Bike Share at one or more of these events, please contact Volunteer coordinator Michael Blau at mibla001 at gmail (online sign-up coming soon).
In recognition of your contribution, you will receive a complimentary Bike Share Annual Membership.


Leica 25mm Test
I’m a big fan of wide-range doubles and smaller chain rings. When I first got into cycling, I never quite understood why double chainrings started in the 50t range. As a beginner cyclist, the 52t chainring is more aspirational than functional. As a touring cyclist, the 50t+ chainring (for me anyways) acted more like a pointy bash guard. It seems like a pointless standard that slavishly follows racing trends (though believe it or not, most cyclists don’t race). Years later and having about thousands of miles and a cross-country trip under my belt, for me a 50t+ chainring is still bonkers. When I caught wind ofSugino’s OX601D Compact Plus (here on out referring to it as “Compact Plus” in this review), which promises smaller chainring combinations that simply don’t exist in the mainstream cycling market, I was ecstatic. Having previously tried Velo-Orange Grand Cru cranks, I was sold on the wide-range double concept and was interested on Sugino’s take on them.

The Impossible Crankset

I got the opportunity to try them out and was given a choice of chainrings. You can order the outer rings in 44t, 46t, 48t and 50t flavors and the inner rings from 36t to 30t in two tooth increments. For most, these permutations of inner and outer rings would be plenty. However, I wanted to see what was possible and asked about the SMALLEST chainring I could get for the inner. As a point of reference, I’m currently running a SRAM mountain double in 42-28 on my Vaya but wanted to see if I could have an even wider range than that! Low and behold, Sugino offers a 26t that will work with the Compact Plus!
I decided to try a 44-26 combination with a modern 10 speed drive train and STI shifters… and wait for the universe to implode. A 44-26 is absolute heresy when compared to standard double offerings, even when set against mountain doubles and SRAM’s WiFli. If anything a 44-26 would be WiFli EXTREME PLUS XXX...
Continue reading at The Epicurean Cyclist

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Webinar Series @MORPC

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 29th MORPC will host the first of a three-part webinar series on the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, presented by APBP. The first webinar will cover Bikeway Design at Intersections. Email Juana Sandoval |  for parking pass and to RSVP. We will be in the Muskingum Conference Room from 3 – 4:15 pm.

Dates and descriptions for future webinars in the series may be found at the end of this message. Note that the webinars are only available for free viewing at MORPC. If you’d like to watch from another location, you can register here: free to forward this message to anyone you think may be interested. If this message was forwarded to you and you’d like to receive these emails directly in the future, please let me know. You can also email to be removed from the webinar list.

#1, Bikeway Design at Intersections
Wednesday, May 29 | 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. EDT
Safe, effective intersection design requires visibility and predictability among all street users. In unpredictable urban environments, achieving these goals can be difficult. Bikeway Design at Intersections provides an overview of the intersection treatments in the NACTO guide, including bike boxes, bicycle signals and mixing zones, and analyzes how to resolve and mitigate several complex intersection design problems that commonly arise.
Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland
Jamie Parks, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Oakland

Who should attend?
Municipal and MPO or RPC staff, consultants, and others working on urban transportation planning and engineering, as well as elected officials and staff of bicycle advocacy organizations.

Continuing Education Credits: APBP will provide attendance certificates to those who document their professional development hours; each 60-minute webinar provides one hour of training (.1 CEU). APBP applies to the AICP for one Certification Maintenance credit for each webinar; three CM credits total for the series.

Note: A portion of Liberty Street is closed for construction between South Front and Short streets and is expected to last through the summer. MORPC's parking lot will be accessible via Liberty Street from South Front Street or via Short Street.

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Webinar Series
Three sessions: May 29, June 5, June 26 | 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Eastern
This three-part webinar series will drill down into the Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The series will provide training on key focus areas within the NACTO Guide and is geared towards practitioners working on the ground to make cities safer places to bicycle. Sessions will focus on intersection treatments, contextual guidance and raised cycle tracks, with examples drawn from NACTO cities. Webinars are 75 minutes each and take place on Wednesdays beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Get the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide here.

Who should attend?
Municipal and MPO or RPC staff, consultants, and others working on urban transportation planning and engineering, as well as elected officials and staff of bicycle advocacy organizations.

Continuing Education Credits: APBP will provide attendance certificates to those who document their professional development hours; each 60-minute webinar provides one hour of training (.1 CEU). APBP applies to the AICP for one Certification Maintenance credit for each webinar; three CM credits total for the series.

#1, Bikeway Design at Intersections
Wednesday, May 29 | 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. EDT
Safe, effective intersection design requires visibility and predictability among all street users. In unpredictable urban environments, achieving these goals can be difficult. Bikeway Design at Intersections provides an overview of the intersection treatments in the NACTO guide, including bike boxes, bicycle signals and mixing zones, and analyzes how to resolve and mitigate several complex intersection design problems that commonly arise.
Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland
Jamie Parks, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Oakland

#2, Bikeway Design in Context: Determining the right facility for the right street
Wednesday, June 5 | 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. EDT
As bikeway design options have multiplied and evolved, the decision-making process for practitioners has become increasingly complex. What kinds of streets are best suited to cycle tracks? When should an engineer use a buffered bike lane rather than a conventional bike lane? Are shared lane markings appropriate for busy streets or only on local roads? This session will analyze the decision-making process that different cities go through when answering such questions, looking beyond speed and ADT to consider elements as varied as context, parking, transit routes and street width.
Joshua Benson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Director, New York City Department of Transportation
Nathan Wilkes, Associate Traffic Engineer, Neighborhood Connectivity Division, City of Austin

#3, Next Generation Bikeway Design: Raised cycle tracks 
Wednesday, June 26 | 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
While many cities have relied primarily on signs and markings to radically transform their streets, a growing number of bikeways around the country have been improved and made permanent using higher cost materials, curb relocation and complex engineering. This session will look at two facilities that embody long term solutions for city streets. How can cities effectively move the curb without creating drainage problems? What "green” infrastructure solutions can be incorporated into these new bikeways? What are the highest and lowest cost alternatives to these designs?
Wendy Cawley, Engineer, City of Portland
Karen Haley, Executive Director, Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Jennifer Tower, Engineer, City of Portland

Eddy's Sweet Corn Challenge is July 28, 2013


+Stromer ST1 [available at @rollbikes]

  • Fully integrated E:Bike system. Battery integrated in the frame, can be removed at the press of a button.
  • Recuperation (regenerative) braking energy. Means even better range.
  • Gearless hub motor. No wear on drive and chain. No maintenance. Continuous acceleration. Higher efficiency. Power.
  • Charge battery: Directly in the bike or outside the Stromer.
  • Powerful torque.
  • Stromer riding modes: Four separate riding modes.
  • Individual sensor setting of the Stromer electronics.
  • 3 kg light 522 Wh battery (36 V; 14.5 Ah)
  • 3-year or 750 full charge cycle warranty for the Stromer high-tech battery.
  • Schwalbe BigBen tires specially developed for Stromer with optimized shock absorption qualities and carbon fork with BMC technology for the highest ride comfort.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Bike helmets obsession stopping people cycling, claims expert [bikeradar]

The UK, USA and Australia have an “almost pornographic obsession” with helmet safety that could be hindering greater numbers of people commuting by bike, a leading urban cycling expert has said. 
Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO of bicycle culture specialists Copenhagenize Design Company, said, “Every time you see a helmet you’re thinking, ‘Shit, damn, what that person’s doing is dangerous.’ If I walked through central London with a bulletproof vest on the outside of my clothing and a couple of other people did the same, people would say, ‘Whoa, what’s up with that – is it that dangerous?  Is there shooting?’ It’s negative marketing.”
“It’s an interesting cultural question as to why, in Anglo Saxon countries, there’s this almost pornographic obsession with safety, whereas in France and Spain they don’t promote helmets,” he told BikeRadar. “The NGOs [non governmental organisations] know that promotion – let alone legislation – is a cause for lower cycling levels; a hurdle.”
Colville-Andersen, a long-standing opponent of helmet promotion and mandatory helmet laws, pointed to Copenhagen, a city renowned for its cycle friendly culture where relatively few people wear a helmet on their daily commute.
“Thirty-six percent of the population in Copenhagen who ride to work or their place of education every day contribute €233m to the public in health savings every year, just because they’re healthier,” he said. “These aren’t your MAMILs [middle aged men in Lycra] or your Lycra louts, they’re your 40-year-old mother listening to her iPod cycling to work. The health benefits are 20 times greater than any risk; it’s stupid not to be promoting cycling positively.”

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Two-wheel ‘truckers’ get goods to market [Dispatch]

Trevor Williams delivers freshly roasted coffee from Lane Avenue to businesses in Grandview Heights and the Short North. He’s one of two delivery riders at Backroom Coffee Roasters, which operates from the rear of a Trek Bicycle Store.

A year ago, wine distributor Trevor Williams was confined to a truck hauling cases of zinfandel and merlot throughout central Ohio, a workday that was restrictive and stressful.
“You’re constantly driving around I-270 for eight hours a day burning up gas,” he said. By day’s end, “I would just need to go do something to let me think.” Bicycling, he found, was the perfect release.
Today, he’s still hauling product, but on two wheels and in fresh air. And he considers it as much work as play.
He’s one of two delivery riders at Backroom Coffee Roasters, which operates from the rear of a Trek Bicycle Store in Upper Arlington.

Bike-Share Leads People to Ride Their Own Bikes More

A recent survey of Washington’s Capital Bikeshare members found that the average annual subscriber drove 198 fewer miles per year. That added up to about 4.4 million fewer miles of driving annually in the DC region. Members also saved an average of $800 a year per person.
Bike-share encourages people to buy their own bikes, a Capital Bikeshare survey found. Image: Washington Post
At about the same time the survey was released, the Washington Post ran a story about the successes and limitations of CaBi, and David Alpert at Greater Greater Washington posted some observations in response. He points out that the benefits of bike-share are not limited to the trips people make using the system –it also leads people to ride their own bikes more frequently:
I personally started biking a lot more often around DC once Capital Bikeshare launched, since it provided an easy way to take a spontaneous or one-way trip and not have to feel forced to then bike home. In later years, while I’ve kept my membership (it’s still cheap and useful on occasion), I hardly use it. Instead, I use my own bike.
I’m not the only one. Chris Eatough, Arlington’s bicycle program manager, says that according to a survey of Capital Bikeshare users last year, “82% of respondents reported increased use [of their personal bikes] since joining Capital Bikeshare, and 70% said that Capital Bikeshare was an important reason.”
Bikeshare serves as an introduction to bicycling for many people. That’s why it’s a shame that Simon Pak, who manages The Bike Rack at 14th and Q, had more critical words for bikeshare riders. “Since Capital Bikeshare started, any incident [I've witnessed] in bike-to-bike collisions have been with Capital Bikeshare riders. They’re the most inexperienced riders emulating more experienced riders,” he told Ravindrath.
Though Pak also says 1 in 10 of his customers are looking to move from Capital Bikeshare’s heavy bikes to a lighter and faster personal bike. It sounds like bikeshare is a great source of potential business for bike shops.
Elsewhere on the Network today: T4America writes that the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River yesterday was, surprisingly, not rated “structurally deficient” by Washington DOT. Strong Towns says regulatory barriers are preventing developers from pursuing the kind of walkable projects that are the most beneficial to them, as well as the general public. And the Black Urbanist considers how best to combine design and social justice in placemaking.
Original article at Streetsblog

Growing number of Americans going carless

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 09:  Bicyclists ride along Market Street on May 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Municipal Transportati...
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Bicyclists ride along Market Street earlier this month in San Francisco, where the number of cyclists has surged 71 percent between 2006 and 2011. This appears to be a nationwide trend, as nearly 10 percent of American households are carless.

Whether by choice or because of financial necessity, the number of American households without a car has doubled over the past two decades – and is now approaching 10 percent.

The impact of this trend could be significant, especially when it comes to alternative forms of transportation such as car-sharing and mass transit, according to research by CNW Marketing.

“While the recession was in large part responsible for the latest spurt, the trend was already clear,” says CNW’s research chief Art Spinella. “A growing number of Americans felt they didn’t need or want a personal car.”

According to CNW data, the number of U.S. households without a car stood at a modest 5.7 percent in 1991. That figure stayed relatively stable through the early part of the 2000s. But it has been increasing slowly since then, with a “rapid rise” beginning in 2007. By last year, the total number of carless households hit 9.3 percent...

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Chris Akrigg - five

Chris Akrigg - five from chris akrigg on Vimeo.
This box isn't big enough to tell the full story so all i'll say for now is i had a lot of fun putting this edit together and it was probably one of the most challenging in every way. Have a watch and we'll talk later....

The Spokesman

The Spokesman from dean saffron on Vimeo.

What Girls Want

What Girls Want from DAKINE EUROPE on Vimeo.

StreetSeen - Which street would you prefer to ride a bicycle on? #letsride

StreetSeen hopes to quantitatively understand different perceptions of streets. Most of us experience our cities along its streets. We walk along the sidewalks, bicycle or drive along the streets and ultimately explore our cities via these transportation networks.
Google Street View allows people to explore places across the world through 360-degree street-level images. Google Street View provides a great opportunity to study and understand our cities. StreetSeen is a project from The Ohio State University which extends Google Street View in order to allow people across the globe to experiment in evaluating cities.
Visual preference surveys provide the opportunity to see what people think about different places. Visual preferences surveys, originated by Anton Tony Nelessen in the 1970s, typically ask participants to view a series of images and score them based on their preference. The best visual preference surveys are precise in what they are seeking to measure. For example, making sure that all of the images are viewed from the same angle.
The great thing about Google Street View is that the images are 360 degrees making it fairly simply to rotate images to achieve the same perspective. These are realistic images of what cities are really like. They aren’t doctored fancy pictures. These are quite similar to what you would see if you were exploring a city.
Using the ideas from visual preference surveys constructed into pairwise surveys we have created an easy to use tool that lets anyone construct their own survey and begin to understand what people think about places in cities across the world.

About the Team

Dr. Jennifer Evans-Cowley is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration in the College of Engineering and Professor of City and Regional Planning in the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She has passionate interests in technology that can help the public engage in participatory planning for the future of cities. She was named by Planetizen as one of the top 25 leading thinkers in urban planning and technology. She has won numerous awards for her teaching, advising, and research. Cowley publishes and speaks widely on technology and the future of the city. You can follow Dr. Evans-Cowley on Twitter @EvansCowley.
Jason Little is the Systems Engineer, Engineering Computing Services in the College of Engineering at the The Ohio State University. He serves as the technical lead for centralized web development within the College and is also pursuing his MBA at the Fisher College of Business.
Corey Hinshaw is a systems Developer/Engineer with The Ohio State University College of Engineering. His duties include software development, web design, systems admiinistration, and consuming the office's excess caffeine. You can drop him a line at @electrickite.
Meghan Frazer is the Digital Resources Curator for the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She manages the school archives, the KSA Digital Library, and supports educational technology efforts by working on projects like StreetSeen. Her professional interests include digital content preservation and data visualization. You can send tweets in her direction using @meghanfrazer.
Shaun Rowland, Systems Manager in The Ohio State University Department of Computer Science & Engineering, also provided support and testing for this project.


This project is based on the great work of OpenPlans Beautiful Street Project and MIT’s Media Lab Place Pulse Project. Both of these open source projects provided their code on GitHub and served as a foundation for the design of StreetSeen.
In addition, the Mooculus site developed by Jim Fowler of The Ohio State University, and the OSU Digital First site provided key reference for this project.

Columbus OH Critical Mass is Friday May 31

Critical Mass will happen Friday May 31!! Meet at the Statehouse at Broad and High 5:30 and ride at 6pm. Family friendly ride for all levels. We will end up at the Infoshop or othe location. For after party.

[Sporeprint Infoshop]

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stolen Bike Alert - Morse/71 area

Hey guys could you please be on the lookout for a matte silver/matte navy womens 2009 Trek 7100. It's a 17.5in frame and has mounts for both a front and rear light. It's my girlfriend's bike and was stolen from our home this afternoon. Follow the link and click on the matte silver/matte navy paint scheme and it's that exact bike.

Call or email Taylor - at 937 578 8330 or

Tour of Franklinton UPDATES - Race is June 2 #letsride

Another round of good news.

1) Thanks to Julianna White of Fine Citizens, our brand new Tour of Franklinton website is live! 

2) 30 hay bales arrives yesterday to protect riders from street poles and other dangerous course impediments. After the race, many of the hay bales will be donated to Franklinton Gardens.

3) Make sure you check out the May 30 Weekender section of the Columbus Dispatch. Thanks Amy, I look forward to reading your article.

4) The event is still in need of volunteers. If you know someone that has a couple of hours to spare, we could use the help. Course marshals, set up in the a.m, tear down in the p.m. - all easy and fun jobs. Coffee in the morning and Piada for lunch - What's not to like?

5) I'm excited to announce J from Tenspeeds Productions will be our race announcer! He's got a extensive background in cycling and will help keep the event flowing smoothly while educating the crowd on the action. Thanks to Groove U for providing the sounds system. For those that don't know Groove U, they're a 2-year music career program in town focused on raising the next generation of producers, promoters and music advocates.

6) B1 Bicycles is not only a category sponsor, Casey is going to be in the wheel pit helping racers with mechanical issues, swap out flat tires and assist with any other issue. He's a great dude running a great shop downtown  - make sure you check him out. 

7) RoadID came on board as sponsor and provided our race numbers and some podium prizes. Never ride without one. 

8) I made a quick time-lapse  video of our Tuesday Night Crit Practice held at an OSU parking lot near the Schott. Kind of a fun way to peek in on the cycling community in Cbus. 

Thanks again for the support. 

June 2 is going to be here quick!!


Tour of Franklinton Poobah
Team SixOneFour Sponsorship Director