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$9 Cardboard Bicycle

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Craft, Cycling, Process, Product, sustaina-bling, Transportation

This is an impressive concept and execution. It’s funny lookin’, but hey, aren’t we all. Izhar Gafni has my attention. (Via FastCoDesign.) Watch the video

Rethinking “accidents”

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Cycling, Health, Transportation

Transportation Alternatives has a very interesting piece on their site proposing that we reexamining our use of the word “accident” in the context of fatalities and injuries caused by car drivers.

“If a man intentionally ran over five people, how could that possibly be considered an accident? If, instead of car keys, the man had picked up a gun and shot five people, would the press and police have called that an “accident” too? No. They’d have called it “attempted homicide.” Yet, for some reason when the weapon is a car, when the violence on our streets is done with a motor vehicle, it’s always just an “accident.””

Read more…

Bike helmet: to wear or not to wear?

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Cycling, Hardware, Health, Transportation

Dave Feucht writes a blog called Portlandize about his love of Portland, OR and riding a bicycle there. And as many avid urban cyclists do, he chooses not to wear a bike helmet. And he offers his reasons in a succinct post on his site. Read it.

Prosthesis on the Sartorialist

I don’t usually blog about fashion. The apparel industry is a whole other can of worms. And while fashion should in my opinion be considered alongside product and architecture as parallel subsets under the modern rubric of industrial design, it is not yet, and so I leave it at that and stay largely away.

But today my wife sent me a Sartorialist post with a marvelous photo of a woman riding a bicycle. She so often sends photos of bikes and chic cycling that I almost missed what makes this photo shine– the woman’s right prothetic leg. It’s easy to miss graphically: the color seems an extension of the bag in the basket; the axis of the prosthesis coincides with the axis of the basket’s stay. I really thought her right leg must be out to the left preparing to dismount. Anyway, what makes this photo so special to me is the fluid connection between the subsets of human design and ingenuity. We augment our bodies in textiles and machines, mechanically concealing and gracing ourselves with protection and advantage over the earth and elements. And it’s hard in the information age particularly to tell where we stop and our tech starts. It’s a cliche of blurred lines often explored in allegory and fable. But I love that this photo explores those lines in color and line. Her vermillion dress is a part of her red bike. Her prosthetic leg is an extension of her chic purse. And of course the leg and bike collude to propel her with grace and efficiency inspite of her unique and common human handicaps. Clunky masculine mechanical fixes and colorful feminine grace. It’s a wonderful photo. And it’s getting a lot of attention.

Citi Bike

Streetsblog.org has announced that Citi Band will sponsor New York’s bike share program beginning in July. Those guys are no dopes. It’s a great lifestyle brand extension for them. Good for the city. Good for people and quality of life. Good for business. Ka’ching!!

Morgan three wheeler (in Celadon!)

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 in Color, Transportation

Ok, yeah, yeah, the Morgan Motor Company three wheeler featured in this nytimes article is pretty cool, but can we just talk about how beautiful the color they painted it is? I mean come on!! It’s celadon!

Also, I love how the English and many of their Northern European neighbors fight their gray skies and brick landscapes with big blocks of bold color like the deep royal blue in the garage doors below. Excellent choice Mr. Morgan! And perfect with the celadon. Fight that brick! Fight it!! I mean look at this guy– he even painted the drain pipes celadon. I love this guy!

Tractor trainer

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 in Brooklyn, New York, Transportation


Comparative intersection design

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Cycling, New York, Transportation

Bike Delaware News has an interesting follow up to Ron Con Coca Cola’s SVA thesis video which made the rounds last month. In the Zen of Roundabout Engineering they compare Ron’s video to a typical Dutch roundabout. It’s unbearably civilized. Everyone is so careful and courteous… I can’t watch!

Via KR

Modern track laying tech

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Manufacturing, Process, Transportation

A friend passed along this incredible video of how mechanized railroad track laying occurs these days. Amazing. Watch the video here.

A proper english tailgate party

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 in Food, Transportation

Ah, I do love a proper English picnic! Or is that a tailgate party? Anyway, lovely finishes and fittings.

Via Gastronomista.