4 posts tagged New York

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