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Video: ARTCRANK 2010 Poster Show – Minneapolis

Monday, August 9, 2010

Found this on Twitter today: twitter.com/ARTCRANK

“ARTCRANK” —> art, crank.
“A Poster Party for Bike People”

Nice! I want a print of that one.

Nice! I want a print of that one.

Cyclists are, at this time, in this place, Avant-garde-ists, among other things. They’re the kind of people who like to break boundaries. They are contrarians; they like being on the outside. They’re critical thinkers, they like to deconstruct the way things are and put it back together better than before.

As such, they are all very unhappy people. But don’t be scared of them, they’re just like us once you get them drunk — get them drunk.

Here’s an great example of counter-culture-bike-art-mix from my favorite State in the Union, once again, Minnesota! :)

ARTCRANK 2010 Poster Show Minneapolis from red23films on Vimeo.

Check out the website: ARTCRANK

mh



Posted: August 9th, 2010
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Trikke Bikes – Carving Vehicles, like Rollerblading on a Scooter

Sunday, August 8, 2010 (updated with video, August 9th)

“Carving Vehicles” from Trikke Tech Inc.

This is new one on me.  Trikke (pronounced ‘trike’) is a three wheeled scooter with flexible axial orientation that allows you to power it like you would a pair of rollerblades. A scooter and rollerblades morphed into one.

You power forward simply by leaning in with your hips – then into the other side, like rollerblading or ice skating. Looks really stable, and unlike rollerblades, with their block drag stop, Trikke Bikes have trustworthy, quick stop, bicycle breaks on the handle bars. OR, you can stop just like on ice skates – with a three wheel side-slide! How cool is that?

Check out this video that Joe T. pointed to in comments last night:

The BVP "Body Powered Vehicle" or Carving Vehicle in action

The BVP "Body Powered Vehicle" or Carving Vehicle in action

As well, Trikke Bikes come in ‘power assist’ models.

Electric Hybrid

BVP Electric Hybrid

The BVP Electric Hybrid top of the line "Red Bull"

The BVP Electric Hybrid top of the line "Red Bull"

And a ski version.

The Ski Trekke

The Ski Trekke

And sizes for kids too!

Child sized Trikkes

Child sized Trikkes

Prices range from US$120.00 for the basic body powered version up to US$2000.00 for the Delux Hybred Assist model.

Dealerships aren’t set up in Canada yet, but you can buy online.

Update:  Sunday August 8th 2010 – 11:49

My bad.

In comments below, Margot pointed to several Canadian authorized dealers of the Trikke. This one is in Toronto:

Canadian Wind Rider Inc.
26 Elfindale Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M2J1B5
416-497-wind (9463)
news@CanadianWindRider.com

Thanks Margot.

mh



Posted: August 8th, 2010
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Bixi: The London UK Experience – Video from the Guardian.co.uk

Thursday, August 5th 2010

One of the lines from this Guardian.co.uk video that struck me was,

“..anybody that knows anything about these schemes, is that, in order for it to work you need enough docking stations. In London at the moment there’s 316 compared to 1600 or something like that, in Paris.

“So it’s not going to work if there aren’t enough docking stations.”

So, take note city councilors looking to be elected – if we’re serious about this we need more Bixi bikes, more docking stations and a connected, safe, efficient bike lane network.

Road testing London’s new cycle hire scheme

(click on the title to go to the guardian.co.uk video page)

The decision to expand the Bixi project will be made by the new council after the October 25th municipal election. More on that: BikingToronto article Bixi in Toronto by Bikeroo (June 27th, 2010).

For many more articles on Bixi see BikingToronto’s Main Blog (Bixi tag).

Find out who represents you on city council through this list at the City of Toronto Website.

 

mh



Posted: August 5th, 2010
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Transit City hangs in the balance as opportunist candidates dither and dodge at the precipice of an epoch

A Vision lacking amongst Mayoral candidates

Over at ”Duncan’s City Ride”, a BikingToronto blog, Duncan posted:

Jarvis lanes tell the story of a city that pretends to be committed to the bicycle” Hume

- from the Christopher Hume op-ed published in the Toronto Star.

I’ll quote again part of what Hume had to say,

“Rather than build a cycling network that would enable riders to reach all parts of the city, we have a hodge-podge of rules, regulations and lanes that probably make a bad situation worse.”

So, the gloves are off?

It’s about time.

I don’t see a friend of Mayor Miller’s Transit City plan amongst the Mayoral contenders in this falls election. I see no hope that the cyclist’s lot will be better in this city any time soon. In fact, I see quite the opposite – I see a rainbow of reaction to Transit City and all that it stands for – from every political colour.

Transit City is one of the first victims of the fiscal conservatism being championed by neo-liberals (like Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty) that are aimed at balancing budgets as tax revenues crash after the toxic assets financial meltdown of 2008 that resulted in 500,000 lost jobs in Ontario alone.

In the setting of this cities Mayoral campaign Transit City is something we can do locally to pursue a progressive agenda that could have an effect nationally on our economic viability over the long haul. Fiscal conservatism, or cutting stimulus spending to deal with the global economic collapse of 2008, in this writers opinion, is a recipe for a global depression.

In this election only Joe Pantalone is standing up for Transit City amongst this years flock of no-bodies running for Mayor. Because of his complete lack of TV ‘Q’, his non existent budget, and the campaigns lack of a social networking guru -  it makes it highly unlikely he can win. (Those things can change through. Go to Joe Pantalone’s “MayorJoe” website to lend a hand.)

I see the shadow of a dark-age coming after this October election, an ignorant back-lash where bike lanes are removed for more car lanes, where perhaps a councilor suggests a Spadina Expressway. A place back in history where policy begins again to reflect an imaginary 1950′s advertising dystopia – full of shiny ostentatious cars, draped with goddess mommy/whores."..excerpted from the 1955 Cadillac mailer catalog entitled A Trip to the Motorama."

Representatives of this reactionary agenda, like Rocco Rossi and Tom Ford are accompanied by so-called ‘progressives’ like George Smitherman and Sarah Thomson, who bob and duck the issues – so as to not create enemies – rather than setting out a vision that will advance the tiny steps, timidly taken, by the current council.

I’m non-partisan in this post right-left political landscape. I stand for progress; and if that’s represented by a Liberal, a Tory or a New Democrat – that’s where I’ll put my vote.

In the new world order (read, post republic empire) as more and more industrial production moves to the far corners of the earth – this country, and especially this province’s good jobs of the future lay in super high efficient technology. It is based on a vision of Technology that revolutionizes industrial production, industry that mirrors nature – rather than rapes it. A mirror of the biological and chemical dialectic that is this biosphere, and that although we are far from understanding it -  due to the great leaps in computational ability – we are on the verge of at least uncovering the extent of our ignorance. Coupled with our understanding of the causes of global warming, our acceptance of the nearing of the end of cheap oil, our increasing grasp of complex systems cognition and the great leaps forward in miniaturization – all point to a third way:  The Super High Efficient Economy. This isn’t radical thinking, it’s the central plank of President Obama’s economic recovery strategy and it’s in part the thinking behind Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Wind Power project.

Future industry will have to mimic the processes that have evolved in this planet’s biosphere over the last 4 billion years. In order that we can sustain the kind of growth that seems necessary to a stable global economy, future industry will have to give back to Gaia as much as it takes.

This Industrial Renascence can begin with an investment in a hyper efficient transportation infrastructure. On the local level that can seen as Transit City, which envisions a multi-vectored approach to transportation – a small step – but in the right direction. To continue this project and begin to see some of the cost benefits, we need a visionary group of city councilors, and a Mayor, willing to take the small steps – like a connected, safe, efficient cycling network.

Leading this change will result in our, and our children’s, prosperity. Doing nothing will guarantee social chaos and poverty. Public works are a quick and effective way to jump start change by instituting high efficient technology standards we already have, with-in the obsolescence planning of our present infrastructure. As well, Government spending on development and utilization of already understood micro and nano-technology will create a ‘next generation’ of even more efficient economies with-in the greater economy that will then institutionalize across even more facets of the economy.

Going forward this process of constant re-newel and re-efficiency will become the natural order of the global economy through the processes of the free market (that works quite well – as long technological improvement sustains, and is subservient to, a democratic society).

Right now though, the governments are full of timid, fearful, go with the flow-ers, who are content to manage this dying economy – us and our children – all the way into our collective graves.

For example, a continuation of the regressive Federal tax, the GST – the regressive Homogenized Sales Tax (HST) will have cyclists pay as much as car drivers for infrastructure; yet receive pennies on the dollar in infrastructure compared to the technologically and economically obsolete internal combustion engine powered vehicles – while at the same time the cyclist does way more than their fair share towards the greater good.

These neo-conservatives have a vision so reactionary they have to keep it a secrete from us ‘knee-jerk reactionary liberals’ of the enlightenment. If the decisions reached by the G20 Summit,and championed by the Federal Tories and especially Stephen Harper are an indication, they’re agenda continues to be dangerous and reactionary; making the poor pay for the financial crisis of 2008 by cutting back badly needed social programs – while at the same time creating more tax loopholes for multinational corporations to avoid paying  tax.

These people ideas are like dead dinosaurs: thick, black of spirit, and toxic to the community.

These are the philosophy of the Tom Ford’s and Rocco Rossi’s of this election.

Find out who represents you on city council through this list at the City of Toronto Website.

mh



Posted: August 3rd, 2010
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