This is a post from Google’s company blog, talking about how they’re actively reducing their employees CO2 emissions with carpooling initiatives and bicycling incentives. Each time a Google employee bikes to work, they earn money which gets donated toward a charity of their choice at the end of every month. The also have a bike-share system called “GBike” which has 1,000 bikes for employees to use on the campus. By taking their employees cars off the road, Google saves 5,400 metric tons of CO2 each year! Hopefully more employers follow Googles example.
This is an interesting New York Times piece about bike safety in our modern age. The writer got into a nasty bike accident where he crashed going downhill, suffering temporary memory loss. He pieced together the accident using his GPS device, which showed him where he crashed, his speed (decelerated from 30 mph to 10!), and his heart rate. He also discusses another bike accident where a biker pinned responsibility for a crash on a driver by proving he had the right of way using GPS data. With this data in hand, the biker was able to get a brand new bike paid for by the woman’s car insurance! Bike safety is extremely important, and while we understand not everyone can afford a GPS system at least wear a helmet!
Here is a great DIY project that we stumbled onto. This biker made Grocery Panniers for just four dollars, converting reusable grocery bags into a practical bike accessory that will undoubtedly make the ride home from the grocery store more pleasant. Anyone whose ever had to bike home with bags balanced on the handle bars should consider this cheap, convenient, and dramatically safer alternative.
We know you’ve heard of, and hopefully participated in Critical Mass, but what about Kidical Mass? Kidical Mass is a take off on the flash-mob on bike tradition, where parents and their children engage in a group ride increasing solidarity. Check out the blog post for a full report, and some pictures of some great DIY cargo bikes!