Happy World Car Free Day

...om type two diabetes because of inactivity, probably because when you’re not cruising around solo you’re ferrying those kids everywhere in your car. But I suppose it’s not safe for them to walk or ride their bikes to school because of all the SUV drivers like you playing chicken with pedestrians to see who can beat each other across the intersection. I could keep ranting, mentioning the things we all know, the childhood asthma r...

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Saturday Linkages: Cat Houses, Office Gyms, Cooking in Compost and More . . .

...by-the-office-of-frank-lloyd-wright/ … Just in time for the holidays . . . How to “unshop” on Black Friday: http://wp.me/p2H7hX-v  Office Gyms Treadmill Desk http://livingsmallblog.com/2010/06/07/treadmill-desk/ … Bikes Next Steps For The Bike Movement In Santa Monica (p. 2/2) http://la.streetsblog.org/2012/11/20/next-steps-for-the-bike-movement-in-santa-monica-p-22/#.UKwAP7vnRYI.twitter … One for the Dustbin: The 85th Percentile Rule...

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Bike to Work Week

It’s bike to work week and time to RIDE! That being said, we’re a little disappointed by the iconography our Metropolitan Transit Authority is using to advertise what we otherwise think is a worthwhile cause. It reminds us of an essay by Michael Smith about a poster designed for the equally clueless New York City Department of Transportation. Our MTA seems to feel that only children should ride bikes–at least that’s the u...

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We Are the Festival!

Here in Los Angeles we’ve got a number of lame Christmas traditions including the low-rent Hollywood Christmas parade and the L. Ron Hubbard Winter Wonderland (no joke). But the lamest of all has got to be the Department of Water and Power’s annual Christmas light show, which turns one of our few parks into a exhaust clogged traffic jam during the holiday season. Worst of all the city bans bikes from the light festival in spite of t...

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Saturday Linkages: Passive Cooling, Cats and Three Mules

...-count/ … Eyes on the Street: the Ongoing Humiliation of the Spring Street Bike Lanes http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/09/23/eyes-on-the-street-the-ongoing-humiliation-of-the-spring-street-bike-lanes/ … I just backed the film, BIKES vs CARS – WE ARE MANY on @Kickstarter http://kck.st/1f7i1Xj  @homedepot @lowes: 2/3 of our food crops need bees! Stop selling bee-killing pesticides! #BeeAction @foe_us http://www.beeaction.org  Your Future in Fa...

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California’s Drought and What To Do About It

By this summer, due to the worst drought in memory, California will resemble the desert planet Arakis in Frank Herbert’s novel Dune. Not only will we be watering our lawns less, we’ll be drinking our own urine. Knife fights with a bikini clad Sting will break out and we’ll be trading our bikes for rides on the over-sized worms emerging from our compost bins. But I digress. Let’s cover what we’re doing at the Root S...

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Protected Bike Lanes

It’s well past time to begin the conversation in this country about fully protected bike lanes like they have in Europe. Far too many bikes languish in the garage because our cities feel like a game of Frogger. Right hooks–what happens when a distracted motorist turns right and hits a cyclist going straight–are one of the main objections to protected bike lanes. This proposal from the George Mason University 2014 Cameron Rian...

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The Elf and Ethics

...wered vehicles. Is the greater risk I’m taking (by choosing a lightweight vehicle over an SUV) worth the ethical/ecological benefit? If everyone else is driving a big heavy vehicle don’t I need one too? Separating bikes and cars partially solves this conundrum to some extent, but not for transitional vehicles like the Elf. I would not want to see an Elf on a bike path and I’d not also not want to be in an Elf vs. auto collision....

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Monday Linkages: The Blob, Urine Soaked Acorns

...ttp://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/09/real-adventures-alastair-humphreys.html … Sailboats Made of Corrugated Metal in Australia http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/09/sailboats-made-of-corrugated-metal-in.html … Bikes New issue of Urban Velo: http://www.urbanvelo.org/issue39/urbanvelo39.pdf … What To Do After an Accident When the Police Fail to Respond? http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/09/04/what-to-do-after-an-accident-when-the-poli...

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