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Anything related to human-powered wheeled transport...except skateboards and scooters. "Cycles" because "bicycles", "biking", "bicycling", and "cycling" have all been taken.
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Charge withdrawn against driver who struck cycling city councillor | Metro - http://metronews.ca/news...
Charge withdrawn against driver who struck cycling city councillor | Metro
"A Toronto city councillor broke down crying outside traffic court Wednesday after learning the charge against a man involved in a collision that saw her knocked off her bicycle would be withdrawn. “This is a nightmare,” Mary-Margaret McMahon told Torstar News Service outside the courtroom. “To say that I’m upset and disappointed would be a huge understatement.” In July, McMahon tumbled from her bike after a collision involving a vehicle. The avid cyclist and councillor for Beaches-East York sustained scrapes to her left arm and hip and was taken to hospital. On Wednesday, prosecutor withdrew the careless driving charge against Enrico Ferrara. The charge was withdrawn “as there was no proof of service of the notice of infraction in court,” the prosecutors’ office confirmed in an email to Torstar, adding that the charging agency was the Toronto police. Ferrara’s defence lawyer said the charge was withdrawn due to police error. “(Police) never told him he was being charged and they... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Bishop Heather Cook charged with manslaughter in hit and run death of Thomas Palermo - Baltimore Sun - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news...
Bishop Heather Cook charged with manslaughter in hit and run death of Thomas Palermo - Baltimore Sun
Bishop Heather Cook charged with manslaughter in hit and run death of Thomas Palermo - Baltimore Sun
"A high-ranking leader in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland was charged Friday with manslaughter for allegedly driving drunk and sending text messages when she struck and killed cyclist Thomas Palermo last month. Bishop Suffragan Heather Elizabeth Cook, 58, surrendered to police Friday afternoon and was being held at Central Booking. A District Court commissioner set her bail at $2.5 million. She faces numerous other charges, including leaving the scene of the fatal accident in North Roland Park and driving under the influence. Both the manslaughter and leaving the scene charges carry maximum sentences of 10 years. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said that Cook's breath alcohol level was 0.22 percent, nearly triple the legal limit in Maryland, and that she was text-messaging at the time of the collision. Mosby said Friday that she had met with Palermo's family the day before to update them on the investigation. Memorial for bicyclist killed on Roland Avenue Several hundred... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Awful. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
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City of Denton, TX : News : City Hires Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator - http://www.cityofdenton.com/Home...
City of Denton, TX : News : City Hires Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator
"DENTON, TX, Jan. 7, 2015 – George Campbell, City Manager, has announced the appointment of Julie Anderson to the position of Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Denton. She will begin her employment on Jan. 26. Anderson most recently served as the City of Topeka/Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority Multi-modal Planner and Bikeways Coordinator. She was instrumental in promoting the reputation of Topeka as a bike and pedestrian-friendly culture with the implementation of a progressive Complete Streets plan. In Denton, Anderson will be responsible for coordinating the City of Denton Active Transportation Plan, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Linkage Component of the Denton Mobility Plan. In addition, she will provide leadership and vision by engaging the community and building partnerships to improve transportation facilities and increase the number of residents participating in active transportation. “Julie is well-known as a collaborative and innovative transportation... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Marcia C. Smith: Here are 10 things that will happen in 2015 - The Orange County Register - http://www.ocregister.com/article...
"Predicting what will happen in Orange County over the next year is a job for forecasters of weather and economics, sports handicappers, data-extrapolation scientists and the Magic 8 Ball. So we’ll turn to the experts to get 10 predictions about 2015 in O.C. DroughtWe’ll stay dry Our drought status, recently downgraded from “exceptional” to “extreme,” will continue. This will happen in spite of a reasonably wet December and decent odds of more rain than usual for the rest of winter. “After three years of below normal precipitation ... I can’t see much changing,” said David Miskus, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. “What you need is for it to be cold and stormy, with El Niño and the atmospheric conditions to line up ... “But I don’t see that happening.” The upshot? More water rationing and, yes, a possible foray into saltwater desalinization. UC Irvine and other UC schools might get more expensive, eventually University of California regents... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Morning Links: more groups spread holiday bike cheer | BikinginLA - http://bikinginla.com/2014...
"‘Tis the season. Redlands police donate 23 bikes to help veterans in the Inland Empire. The Santa Barbara Bike Coalition gives shiny new bikes to 24 kids; thanks to Megan Lynch for the link. A Sonoma County businessman donates 150 bikes to kids in need. A San Jose bike charity donates 2,700 bicycles to local kids. Oregon elementary school kids get 25 new bikes. Why do these stories matter? Because this is the next generation of bike riders. And every kid — or vet, for that matter — deserves the chance to ride a bike, regardless of whether they can afford one." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Cyclists Say an Angry French Defense Contractor Punched Them; Cops Write Tickets | Dallas Observer - http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairp...
Cyclists Say an Angry French Defense Contractor Punched Them; Cops Write Tickets | Dallas Observer
Cyclists Say an Angry French Defense Contractor Punched Them; Cops Write Tickets | Dallas Observer
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"Three friends were riding their bikes along Turtle Creek after a night out early Saturday when, they say, a French couple in a black Volkswagen pulled up behind them and started honking. While that sounds like typical Turtle Creek driver behavior (minus the French accent), they say the motorist then became unexpectedly violent. According to the three friends, the driver first hit cyclist George Wendt (not the Cheers guy, as far as we know) with his car, knocking him off his bike and sending him to the median. With Wendt still on the ground, the male driver got out and began punching him in the eyes, the friends say. The group didn't hear what their alleged assailant told the cops who eventually arrived, but it must have been a really convincing story, because police records indicate that the motorist was let go without an arrest or even a sobriety test. Instead, both Wendt and his alleged assailant were cited for Class C assaults, a misdemeanor. "The incident was between two... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Bike Giveaway Brings Christmas Joy to 20 Kids - http://www.independent.com/news...
Bike Giveaway Brings Christmas Joy to 20 Kids
"Twenty kids got shiny new bikes last Saturday during the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition’s second annual A Bike 4 Christmas event. The recipients, all under the age of 10, were preselected by the Franklin Neighborhood Center and also received new helmets and riding safety tips. A Coalition boardmember and BiciCentro shop volunteer who grew up in a poor family in the San Joaquin Valley launched the event last year. He recalled being ashamed to return to school after winter break because he wasn’t able to share in the “What did you get for Christmas?” talk." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"It started with boats, but over the centuries, it is practiced everywhere... we establish cultural rights of way, a hierarchy of precedence about who gets to go first. We need a default because we can't always have a discussion about who goes next in the moment. Motorboats, for example, are generally expected to veer out of the way of a sailboat (instead of the other way around). This makes sense, of course, because they have more options and can recover more easily. That's one way to prioritize who gets to go first: the small over the big, the one who needs it over the one would could handle the interruption. It's annoying for the motorboat, but vital for the sailboat. Lately, we seem to be making some new decisions about right of way that change this perspective. That cars ought to have right of way over pedestrians and bicycles. That huge corporations have right of way over individuals. That the authorities have the right of way over the presumed innocent, and that the marketer's... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Holiday Shopping: I don't always go shopping by bike, but when I do, I buy everything I like | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - https://www.flickr.com/photos...
Holiday Shopping: I don't always go shopping by bike, but when I do, I buy everything I like | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Spidra Webster
LASD may limit car computer use to ease distracted driving - http://www.dailynews.com/general...
LASD may limit car computer use to ease distracted driving
"Concerns over distracted driving have prompted Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials to propose dramatically curbing use of in-car computers. The agency’s assistant sheriffs last week approved a series of far-reaching policy recommendations that, if implemented, would be the department’s first explicit restrictions on such devices. The move follows months of deliberation by an internal committee and comes one year after sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wood fatally struck cyclist Milton Olin Jr. on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas while typing on his in-car computer. While stopping short of banning all in-car computer use, the draft policy mandates that radio be “the primary tool” of communication while the vehicle is moving and would eliminate the use of in-car computers for administrative tasks. “We hope to ... address aggressively the issue of distracted driving and return the focus of the drivers back to the motor vehicles,” said Lt. Patrick Hunter, the corrective action lieutenant for... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"culticycle Short description: A pedal powered tractor for cultivation and seeding, built from lawn tractor, ATV, and bicycle parts. Speed is 3 - 4 mph depending on choice of gearing and pedaling speed. Better for operator's body, less soil compaction, no fuel use, cheaper than a tractor; easily adaptable to specific needs." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Twitter / bikinginla: Now this is an ambulance. RT ... - https://twitter.com/bikingi...
Twitter / bikinginla: Now this is an ambulance. RT ...
"Now this is an ambulance. RT @veloevol @erik_griswold NHS Ambulance pic.twitter.com/pEbtEVA1KQ" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
So cool. - Spidra Webster
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Hazelton woman helps return hot wheels to Chicago cyclist - Smithers Interior News - http://www.interior-news.com/breakin...
Hazelton woman helps return hot wheels to Chicago cyclist - Smithers Interior News
"A Chicago man has expressed his disbelief and gratitude after a Hazelton woman helped return his bike that was stolen near Terrace during a charity ride last year. Mark Jirik and Nate Prescott were cycling from Alaska to Argentina last August to raise money for the Erie Neighbourhood House in Chicago. One month into their 14-month trip, Jirik’s $3,000 custom-made, long-haul touring bike was stolen while he slept at a campsite about 30 kilometres from Terrace. In the days after the bike was stolen, Jirik wrote of his dismay in a post on his blog. “One month into this trip of a year-plus in the planning, with 14 more months to go and thousands more miles to ride, and I’m left stranded, bike-less at a rest area in Canada,” wrote Jirik. “I panicked, I screamed, and then, overwrought with emotion, I couldn’t stand up any longer and I sat down on the verge of tears.” Jirik and Prescott’s spirits were lifted when Paul Bertrand and Bruce Martindale from the McBike sport shop in Terrace,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Reho@て18a on Twitter: "バイクと騎士…!! かっこいい、それは絶対格好良いぞ と思って画像検索したら こんな騎士が出てきて僕は死んだ。 http://t.co/XOKRJpln3w" - https://twitter.com/crust_d...
Reho@て18a on Twitter: "バイクと騎士…!! かっこいい、それは絶対格好良いぞ と思って画像検索したら こんな騎士が出てきて僕は死んだ。 http://t.co/XOKRJpln3w"
Answer to the eternal question on bike accident news stories "But were they wearing a helmet?" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Cyclelicious » Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi rode a bicycle - http://www.cyclelicio.us/2014...
Cyclelicious » Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi rode a bicycle
"Tom Magliozzi of “Car Talk” fame says he either rode a bicycle or used public transportation to get around his fair city. Tom Magliozzi Bicycle In a 2002 interview for New Yorker magazine in which the Maggliozzi brothers highlighted the negative attributes of SUVs, the popular radio personality revealed that he does not own a car even as he dispenses advice on how to fix them. RIP to Tom Maggliozzi, who passed today at age 77 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. H/T to the All Powerful Bike Lobby." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
:( RIP - Victor Ganata
Indeed. Very saddened. Sorry that Alzheimer's was the way he went, too. - Spidra Webster
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LifeBEAM bicycling helmet monitors your heart rate, calories, and performance - http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014...
LifeBEAM bicycling helmet monitors your heart rate, calories, and performance
"The LifeBEAM bicycling helmet has an all weather compatible “advanced optical” sensor in the helmet to collect data on your heart rate, calories and performance. But the best thing about this helmet is that you are not tied down to communicating that data to only one device or app. This helmet will transmit the data via Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+ to your phone, fitness watch or cycling computer devices, like those from Garmin, Suunto, Timex, Adidas, Mio Technology, PapaGo, etc. (see complete list here) and apps like Endomondo Sports Tracker, iRunner, iBiker, iCardio, Map My Ride, Samsung S Health, and Garmin Fit. To connect to your phone you will need an iPhone 4S or newer or an Android phone running 4.3 or later. It sells for $85 from LifeBEAM’s website. Pilots, astronauts, and special forces were LifeBEAM’s first clients using their biosensors. So, if they’ve successfully used LifeBEAM’s biosensors in extreme environments, I suppose it should also work for us common folk." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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New Fly6 bike light with camera helps cyclists prove their case - GrindTV.com - http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor...
New Fly6 bike light with camera helps cyclists prove their case - GrindTV.com
New Fly6 bike light with camera helps cyclists prove their case - GrindTV.com
"However, there’s still one problem for most cyclists with laws designed to protect them: Providing evidence is difficult. Or it was—that’s changed with the recently released Fly6, a blinking rear light that comes complete with a high-definition camera. The GoPro of oh-hell-no meets safety device, the Fly6 bike light puts out about 15 lumens while recording at 1280×720 HD. If you don’t stop the recording, the two-hour loops will record over itself. If you need the footage, it uploads easily to your computer with an included USB cable. Battery life is about five hours, the price is $159, and the unit is roughly the size of a prescription pill bottle. An updated version is in the works and will be 20 percent smaller, 50 percent brighter, and have 20 percent longer runtime: six hours. Available now for the pre-order price of $199, the price will jump to $249 once available; the company expects to ship in December. I’ve been using my original version since the beginning of September and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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BIKELASH: Pedaling on a collision course - http://www.wkyc.com/longfor...
BIKELASH: Pedaling on a collision course
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"Sylvia Bingham only lived in Cleveland for a few months. But she wanted to make a difference during her time here. In death, she has. The California native moved to Cleveland in 2009, shortly after graduating from Yale University. Friends and family say Bingham was passionate about helping others and making the world a greener place to live. She had recently begun working at Hard Hatted Women, in a role that would help tradeswomen become mentors. On the morning of September 15, 2009 Bingham was cycling from her home in Tremont to the Hard Hatted Women office on East 40th. She didn't make it. Shortly before 9 a.m. a box truck made a right turn into Bingham's path at the intersection of East 21st and Prospect Avenue. Sylvia Bingham was struck and killed while cycling Sylvia Bingham was struck and killed while cycling to work in 2009. (Photo: Bingham Family) She was hit by the truck's back wheels and was killed. "The driver did not stop," Sylvia's father Stephen Bingham said." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"As Cleveland grows into a cycling city, it is not without growing pains. Imagine a morning commute with profanities screamed at you, objects thrown your way and drivers intent on running you off the road. Cyclists tell Channel 3, this is what they go through too often. "In cities, they see this. It's called 'bikelash,' says executive Director of Bike Cleveland, Jacob VanSickle, "Where... more... - Spidra Webster
More at the link. Surprisingly good for a TV station article. - Spidra Webster
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Investment Banker Accused Of Dooring Cyclist & Running: Gothamist - http://gothamist.com/2014...
Investment Banker Accused Of Dooring Cyclist & Running: Gothamist
"An investment banker at a prominent Manhattan firm has been accused of dooring a cyclist in Manhattan yesterday and then fleeing the scene. A staffer from Complex claims to have witnessed Harry Wagner, managing director of the investment bank Allen & Company, "violently door" a person on a Citi Bike on Friday afternoon. The incident occurred on Sixth Avenue between 53rd and 54th Street. Wagner allegedly opened the door of a towncar, sending the cyclist tumbling over his handlebars and onto the pavement. He hit his head on the ground, and suffered a severe laceration on his left ring finger. The back of his head was also bleeding, and the man was disoriented. Complex writes about what happened next: After hitting the cyclist, the man who doored him, Wagner, emerged from the back of the Lincoln Towncar (that belonged to BPTG Car Service) and quickly pulled him to his feet. Wagner then threw a business card to his driver and took off running towards 54th and Fifth Avenue, even as... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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A happier ending to a bicyclist assault in Kentucky | PeopleForBikes - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
A happier ending to a bicyclist assault in Kentucky | PeopleForBikes
A happier ending to a bicyclist assault in Kentucky | PeopleForBikes
"Back in August, Haydon "Corky" Bloodworth was out for a 30-mile road ride in Kentucky when a teenager in a truck chucked a cup of ice at his head, leaving him with cuts and bruises. This story has a better ending than most: Earlier this week, the driver, 19-year-old Hunter Puryear, joined Corky and a crew of other bicyclists for an apology—and their usual Monday night ride—as part of his court-ordered sentence, which also includes two days in jail. Local bike shop BikeWorld (who we recently featured on our blog) even loaned Puryear a bicycle for the ride. Puryear apologized to the group, according to the Paducah Sun: "'I never in a million years thought I would hurt somebody with that and never thought that this would come of it,' Puryear told the group. Bloodworth accepted the apology on behalf of all of the cyclists. He pointed out every cyclist or jogger endures abuse on the side of the road." “He is forgiven, and given the chance to put this behind him, but he does have to do his... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Fwd: NYC Bike Commuting Doubled Since 2009, While Solo Driving Dropped. http://www.streetsblog.org/2014... (via http://friendfeed.com/davew...)
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Fwd: LEDs on Copenhagen's #bicycle highway tell you how fast to go to get the green light http://feedly.com/e/QB3rE7lV (via http://friendfeed.com/silpol...)
Fwd: LEDs on Copenhagen's #bicycle highway tell you how fast to go to get the green light http://feedly.com/e/QB3rE7lV (via http://ff.im/1jWvLP)
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Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist | Streetsblog USA - http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014...
Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist | Streetsblog USA
"In a decision that local advocates say delivers a “strong message” to drivers, a Philadelphia jury awarded a cyclist $2.4 million in damages earlier this month for injuries she sustained in a 2011 collision. Ashley McKean was seriously injured when a driver doored her and she was then struck from behind by a van driver who was following too closely. The driver who doored McKean was found to be 43 percent at fault for the collision, the driver of the van 36 percent and McKean herself 21 percent, Philly Magazine reports. After the collision, the driver of the van reportedly told her she should have been riding on the sidewalk — which is illegal. According to her attorney, Chris Brill, the formerly “athletic” McKean was lucky to survive but can no longer run or walk long distances. Brill said he’s not aware of such a large settlement ever being awarded in the U.S. for a dooring injury. Sarah Clark Stewart of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia agreed that the award is... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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8 Takeaways From the Bike League’s Study of Cyclist Fatalities | Streetsblog USA - http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014...
8 Takeaways From the Bike League’s Study of Cyclist Fatalities | Streetsblog USA
8 Takeaways From the Bike League’s Study of Cyclist Fatalities | Streetsblog USA
"When someone is killed while riding a bike in the United States, the most follow-up you’ll usually see is a newspaper article or two. There’s rarely a trial or a detailed examination of what went wrong. The federal government tracks bike fatalities, but only to a limited extent. We don’t have great data about the wider story: who’s harmed and what factors are leading to these preventable deaths. The League of American Bicycists wanted to go deeper. Between February 2011 to February 2013, the organization sifted through hundreds of cases from across the country. Using newspaper and television reports and blogs, they were able to get a closer look at 628 individual cases and tease out some patterns. The cases they examined don’t account for every bike fatality during the study period (more like a third of them), but they are instructive. The League also supplemented its research with data from the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Below are some of the takeaways from... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Cyclist Who Lost Leg In Crash Inspires Hit-And-Run Bill - capradio.org - http://www.capradio.org/article...
Cyclist Who Lost Leg In Crash Inspires Hit-And-Run Bill - capradio.org
Cyclist Who Lost Leg In Crash Inspires Hit-And-Run Bill - capradio.org
"As the number of bike riders continues to grow in California, so do concerns about bicyclists’ safety. One lawmaker is embarking on an effort to get drivers to share the road. As Damian Kevitt stood at the starting line of the charity bike ride he organized he had one overwhelming emotion. “Elation is a nice word for it," says Kevitt. "I was so happy.” Damian -crosses -the -finish -line Damian Kevitt rolls through the finish line a year after a horrific hit-and-run crash that resulted in him losing a leg. Marnette Federis / Capital Public Radio It’s been just over a year since an afternoon bike ride in Los Angeles ended with Kevitt as the victim of a horrific hit-and-run, pinned underneath a mini-van as it sped onto Interstate 5, dragging him nearly half a mile down the road. The hit-and-run cost him Kevitt right leg, almost took his left and left him with over 20 broken bones and deep gashes. The driver was never caught. After months of rehab and learning to live with a prosthetic... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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For $3000, you can own one of the world's smallest cafés : TreeHugger - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
For $3000, you can own one of the world's smallest cafés : TreeHugger
For $3000, you can own one of the world's smallest cafés : TreeHugger
"Move over, Starbucks. The future of hip coffee might come from baristas on bikes, and Wheely's wants to get you turning the wheels of an ecological café bike. The trend of upscale coffee shops such as Starbucks has been crowding small independent café owners out of business over the last couple of years, at least in places where real estate costs are high and the demographics of café customers seem to prefer a premium experience. But these coffee giants' reliance on brick-and-mortar locations has a distinct disadvantage in the mobile market, and a Swedish design firm thinks they have an answer to the question of how an independent coffee shop could compete with them, especially for potential eco-entrepreneurs with minimal startup funds. The Nordic Society For Invention and Discovery (NSID) has developed one possible solution for a low-cost and low-impact competitor in the crowded coffee market, and it can be yours for just $3000. The Wheely's concept is a mini coffee shop on a cargo... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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This Mystery Bike Lock's Hidden Keyhole Makes it Un-Pickable - http://gizmodo.com/this-my...
This Mystery Bike Lock's Hidden Keyhole Makes it Un-Pickable
"Picking a lock is surprisingly easy with practice. So the makers of this mystery bike lock came up with a brilliant and novel solution: bury the keyhole deep inside the lock mechanism. It's unpickable, because you simply can't get your picks into the lock. And it's got lock picking hobbyists stumped. We're not sure where this lock came from. All we know is that someone by the username Marduk28 posted about it on a lock picking forum, and posted YouTube videos here and here showing how it works. It's like no lock I've ever seen, and judging by the reactions to Marduk28's forum post, even the lock enthusiasts at Keypicking.com are baffled by it. Basically, when you insert the key, you're not putting it in the keyhole. You're just putting it in a blank chamber, which rotates 180 degrees. Then a slider pushes the key into the keyhole, and then you turn the key to open the lock. The keyhole is never directly accessible. Related The Best Bike Lock Leave a bicycle locked up on the street,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Judge to Hit-and-Run Perpetrator: Don’t Do it Again or it Will Be Considered Murder | Streetsblog Los Angeles - http://la.streetsblog.org/2014...
Judge to Hit-and-Run Perpetrator: Don’t Do it Again or it Will Be Considered Murder | Streetsblog Los Angeles
"“If you drink and drive and kill someone again, [this time] it will carry a charge of murder with a minimum sentence of 15 years,” the judge told 21-year-old Wendy Villegas at her sentencing hearing. “Do you understand?”* Her words had been meant to admonish Villegas — to convey the idea that slamming into a group of cyclists, killing Luis “Andy” Garcia and leaving Mario Lopez and Ulises Melgar for dead, was a very serious offense. Unfortunately, the judge’s warning that the book would be thrown at her next time only served to underscore the fact that our laws do not yet take drunk driving or hit-and-runs seriously enough. Fire a gun into a crowd and injure four people at a party at USC, and you’ll get forty years to life.** Get behind the wheel, and you apparently have to kill a second time before the death you cause is legally classifiable as a homicide. From where I and 40 other members of Garcia’s family and friends sat, staring at the back of Villegas’ head, it was hard to tell... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I don't understand this at all. It's fricken drunk driving. - Heather
Hit and run is punished less than drunk driving is. It has caused a hit'n'run epidemic here in CA. Furthermore, crimes perpetrated against a cyclist are punished less than crimes perpetrated against motorists or pedestrians because the stereotypes about cyclists are so pervasive that there's lots of prejudice. It's terrible. That's why I link to these stories: not to scare people off of... more... - Spidra Webster
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