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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bicycle Built For 2,000

Bicycle Built For 2,000 is comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon's Mechanical Turk web service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A 64-Mile Bike 'Superhighway' Will Connect Fort Worth To Dallas | KERA

Bicyclists in car country just got some good news: Transportation planners took a $7 million dollar step toward a commuter bike and pedestrian trail reaching from downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas.
The money approved Thursday will help build about 10 more miles of connecting trails. 
As is stands today, studies rank North Texas at or near the bottom for bicycle commuting -- in one survey of the country’s 70 biggest cities, Fort Worth was at No. 60, Dallas No. 65 and Plano dead last.

MILLENNIALS IN MOTION - Changing Travel Habits of Young Americans and the Implications for Public Policy

Over the last decade – after 60-plus years of steady increases – the number of miles driven by the average American has been falling. Young Americans have experienced the greatest changes: driving less; taking transit, biking and walking more; and seeking out places to live in cities and walkable communities where driving is an option, not a necessity.
Academic research, survey results and government data point to a multitude of factors at play in the recent decline in driving among young people: socioeconomic shifts, changes in consumer preferences, technological changes, efforts by state governments and colleges to limit youth driving, and more.
Millennials (those born between 1983 and 2000) are the nation’s largest generation, making their transportation needs particularly important. They have the most to gain or lose from the transportation investment decisions we make today, as they will be affected by those investments for decades to come. If Millennials drive fewer miles than previous generations as they age – and if future generations of young people follow suit – America will have an opportunity to reap the benefits of slower growth in driving. These include reduced traffic congestion, fewer deaths and injuries on the roads, reduced expenditures for highway construction and repair, and less pollution of our air and climate.

[Keep reading at PIRG]


Rich textiles are added to the J.B. Classic to complete the unique look of the J.B. Special, which like the Classic model, combines modern technology with leather details for traditional elegance. Unparalleled comfort and a secure and stable fit are possible thanks to the hidden flexible frame and elastic fitment system developed by Carrera. When not in use, the helmet collapses down, to be secured by the Brooks Leather carrying strap, which doubles as a trouser strap whilst riding.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Is This The World's Best Bike-Share Bike?

These electric bikes eliminate almost every excuse you have not to ride.
Twenty years ago, Copenhagen was the first large city to start a bike-share program. Now that there are well over 500 cities with bike sharing, the Danish capital--which brands itself as the "world's cycling capital"--has reinvented bike sharing again. Its new fleet of electric, Wi-Fi-connected bikes are designed to get more non-cyclists to ride.
"When [the city and partners] began a process of upgrading the existing bike-share system, they took a look at systems in cities like Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Barcelona," says Torben Aagaard, CEO and co-founder of Gobike, the company supplying the new bike. "They wanted to have a system that was even better than all the existing examples they could see."
The new bikes, which began rolling out earlier this year, aren't cheap to make, but each detail is designed to lower the barrier to ride. A theft-proof tablet attached to the handlebars offers navigation (far easier than trying to read a tiny smartphone screen), and has built-in links to the rest of the city's transportation system. If you want to check train times and get directions to a particular station, you push a button.

The bikes are always online, so the city can track usage patterns and user routes, and can track where each particular bike is located. The wireless system allows for another small feature that makes the bikes much more convenient: Instead of searching for a station to dock the bike in at the end of the ride, cyclists have the option to leave them anywhere. If you aren't going somewhere that happens to be near a bike-share station, or if you want to make a stop along the way, you can use a digital lock to secure the bike.
"Users can start a trip from a station, meet a friend for a coffee and lock the bike outside the coffee shop, and then come back to the bike and continue the trip," explains Joel Thomas Mulligan, senior project manager at Gobike. "A businessman can start a trip at a docking station and take the bicycle to a meeting." If a particular docking station happens to be running low on bikes, the system pings the cyclist and offers a discount to return it there, helping save the city money on moving bikes around.
The bikes are also electric. Even though Copenhagen doesn't have the hills of, say, San Francisco, the extra assistance from the motor has already made a difference in getting people to ride. The system isn't designed for the many Copenhageners who already have bikes, but for those who happen to be visiting or commuters from the suburbs...
Read on and see more pics at FastCompany