Social Bicycles, the Next Generation Bike Share
Next generation already? Things happen fast and Ryan Rzepecki thinks he has a big advantage over traditional bike share systems, including a significantly less costly solution. He's raising money to fund his startup, Social Bicycles. What makes it so much cheaper? He's placed all the technology on the bike. Users reserve a bike via their smartphones and enter a pin to unlock it from whatever it's locked to — because this system has eliminated the bike share station. ... Continue Reading
Fred Kent, Placemaker
Last January Fred did a talk followed by a walk; I was in the audience. He was visiting several cities on this tour through the west — Los Altos, Stanford University, Pasadena, Riverside and Long Beach — where civic leaders are intrigued with enhancing their sense of place. That's Fred's business; he's the man behind the Project for Public Spaces. He's in the business of creating treasured spaces. When I got word that he'd be giving this talk and walk I jumped at the ... Continue Reading
Rethinking the Automobile
StreetFilms just published a new film by Mark Gorton: Rethinking the Automobile. I've watched it several times over the past few days; it's loaded with great commentary. I especially like the quotes from Enrique Penalosa, a former mayor of Bogota. It was Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal who first quoted Penalosa, so to hear this in the video caused me to pay very close attention: You can have a city that's friendly to cars, or friendly to people; you cannot have both. That got ... Continue Reading
Building A Strong Local Economy
My Long Beach bike riding buddy Allan Crawford was the first to tell me of Locavesting, The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, by Amy Cortese. We're all interested in a thriving downtown, a bustling Main Street, "with a strong resilient local economy." "Our markets are global and efficient," but they don't serve local businesses nor our local communities. Local small business needs more access to capital, but SEC guidelines restrict participants to accredited ... Continue Reading
Go Around, or Stay Home?
So this is the big weekend – when LA's Sepulveda Pass is closed to traffic. Many are trying to capitalize on this disruption. I noticed that "travel marketing executives" here in Newport Beach came up with a plan to lure those who can't stand not driving somewhere, to drive 50 miles south to our little oasis, as an Escape from Carmageddon. It's as if the idea of staying at home and chilling is such a terrible thing. What would I do if I lived in Brentwood? Stay near home and ride my bike; ... Continue Reading
Sadik-Khan: NYC Has Safest Streets in 100 Years
A little Q&A after the keynotes, Andy Clarke quizzes NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) who forgot to remove his pant leg protector. I woke to the sound of my smartphone alarm; it felt like 3:30am to me, so it's easy to hit the snooze, but then I remember why I'm getting up so seemingly early: it's Day 2 of the National Bike Summit here in Washington, DC, but I don't start moving yet. Like I do at home, I start by checking emails, not many this ... Continue Reading
NYT: Bike Lane Blowback?
Got a quick note from Ben:Hi Frank - check out this article from the Times today. Might give you some ammo for cdmCyclist.So I did check it out and so should you. Read this tale of those that feel there are too many bike lanes in New York City, by J. David Goodman in the NYTimes. Continue Reading
Bike Snob, the book
Looking for a unique gift for that special someone? You've found it in Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling, by blogger BikeSnobNYC. Amazon gives away the pseudonym, Eben Weiss is anonymous no more, but the damage has already been done. His irreverent look at the bicycle, a "Truly Great Invention" from a historical perspective, will knock you or that special someone, off balance. The Snob's acid wit spares no one. The Amish ride bikes, you'll learn, but ... Continue Reading