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Japanese underground bike parking

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 in Architecture, Tech, Transportation

Amazing.

The glory days

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 in Music & Art, Tech, Transportation

portable_record_player

Love. Probably skipped a lot though. via google search for “portable turntable”

How the Tesla Model S is made

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 in Manufacturing, Process, Transportation

This made the rounds in July. It’s still mind blowing and it will be for years. Tesla is leading the way. (via Wired.)

Transitions: Roundabouts

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 in New York, Transportation

columbus circle sinclair smith blog

In response to of our fair city’s own Columbus Circle being named “Roundabout of the Year”, the public radio show Marketplace‘s morning report last week included a great segment on roundabouts that actually had me laughing at several points. Yes I’m prone to fits of childlike delight in the face of great achievements in design and engineering and yes, my recent obsession with transitional gestures and structures makes me vulnerable to new roundabout propoganda, but you need to listen to this. Just hear the name of this gentleman’s organization before you judge me…

Sinclair Smith roundabout blog post

Mayflower & Blimp

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in History, New York, Photography, Transportation

National Geographic has a fantastic blog called Found. “FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives.” The above image from 1957 of a replica of the Mayflower sailing into New York Harbour is wonderful. The mash up of historical air and sea technologies in a single frame is awesome. (via KR)

BMW F30 3 Series Factory Production Tour

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 in Manufacturing, Transportation

The Germans are incredible at this shit.

Fordson Snow Motor, 1929

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 in History, Transportation

This is a promotional reel for a concept snow vehicle from 1929. It’s kind of mesmerizing and fascinating to watch the lateral rotation of the pontoons translate to forward propulsion via such a simple surface treatment. The reel is long, and the music is an odd choice, but it demonstrates a pretty interesting and capable means for snow and ice transport. It’s also a great hack of existing technology.

RYNO Motors motorunicycle

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 in Product, Transportation

This prototype from Portland based Ryno Motors really is super cool and pushes the blah blah blah boundaries of personal transportation and blah blah innovation and engineering but what really interests me is the developers quote in the film: “This is a personal transportation product that’s in between the cracks of urban transportation so I can ride it on the sidewalk. I can go through a lobby. I can go into an elevator. I can go on the train. I can go anywhere a pedestrian wants to go.” I disagree. The measured footprint and agility of a machine should not be the sole criteria that we use to judge whether it is fit to occupy the same outdoor spaces as pedestrians. This is a growing issue with the increased presence of electric bicycles. And as the market grows I think we will see increased regulation and licensing of these innovative modes of personal transportation that counter the utopian free wheeling visions of their innovators.

Driving in decline?

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 in Transportation

Statistics rockstar Nate Silver discusses the decline in American driving in Esquire magazine.