We just got a press release via email:
WorldCommute.com Establishes First-Ever Green Commuting International Social Network
Web Site Enables Tracking of Carbon Offsets, Social Network, for Global Users
OSAKA, Japan – Embracing the global demand for solutions enabling eco-friendly transportation, CatEye, the leading global manufacturer of bicycle electronics, introduced WorldCommute.com, a not-for-profit, free social-network Web site designed to encourage, promote and track the use of non-motorized transportation around the world. CatEye, through the feature-rich Web site, promotes its core philosophies of environmentalism, personal health, safety, and active enjoyment in a way that engages and encourages average citizens to use non-motorized transportation as a way of life, and to more importantly make a difference in their part of the world.
WorldCommute.com is designed as a truly global interactive social networking platform, offered in six languages, to help track and record the positive contributions made by choosing human-powered efforts over a typical vehicle trip. WorldCommute uses various forms of measurement to encourage users to track and analyze a variety of human powered trips they take – by bike, walk, run, skate, wheelchair, skipping and otherwise – then create a profile to measure the impact on their personal life and the world. WorldCommute users will be able to interact individually and as groups with others and challenge each other to increase their commute participation and ultimately reduce their combined carbon offsets.
To find out more or to register, please visit the World Commute website.
That’s how he’s described – as the man in lower-case – by the online columnist Joel Gillespie from Champaign, IL. And rightfully so. When he’s not studying for his PhD at the University of Illinois, Burns teaches his bike skills at a local bike co-op called the Bike Project in Champaign-Urbana.
To read more about the man, please visit the Smile Politely article.
The folks from Princeton Tec announced a photo contest via press release a few days ago (once again, I’m a day late and a dollar short):
Got Lights On Bikes Photo Contest
OK, we all know how to ride a bike, use bike lights and work a camera. Here’s your chance to take all three, do something creative and win free gear and maybe even a new singlespeed bike. All you have to do is enter.
Starting on March 1, Princeton Tec’s “Got Lights On Bikes” photo contest gives you -the amateur bike-loving photog – the opportunity to put your skills to work. The catch: send us your best digital shots of anything involving lights on bikes. On the pavement, in traffic, on the trail, near the creek, outside the bagel shop, on the train, in the rain, near the beach … it doesn’t matter, you choose the medium – just make sure there are lights on the rig!
Finger twitching on the shutter button already?
There will be five categories that will be judged by the best manufacturers, riders, bike light fanatics and dirt bag peeps in the bike biz.
The rules are simple. And there are great prizes to be had, including a new SE Lager singlespeed for the overall winner. For more information, please visit the contest Flickr page or visit Princeton Tec’s website directly.
Longtime reader Eric Nordstrom sent us a link a month or so ago…an article illustrating one of my very favorite methods of civil disobedience — a great prank that included issuing a fake press release and putting up altered signage that helped cyclists with a concern.
the entire article — a prank from the fertile minds at Urban Repair Squad.
I’ve often joked that since the City of Tampa lags behind when it comes to painting bike lanes and adding other bike-friendly infrastructure, I was going to come up with some way to attach a painting device to my Xtracycle and start striping my own lanes…articles like the above and groups like Urban Repair Squad inspire me to make my joke more of a reality!
My friend Ken Sturrock turned me on to a well-written essay over at the excellent online/print magazine Momentum…in the essay, author Deb Greco describes her evolution from hotheaded badass to a more “well-tempered cyclist”.
What motorists have always suspected is true: When I get on my bike, a switch goes off and consideration for anyone else ceases to exist. Each morning, amped on fresh air and adrenaline, I fly downhill on San Francisco’s Market Street and head for the Financial District. My goal is simple: to make it to work without stopping – or at least not long enough for my feet to touch the ground.
This is how I recently found myself in the middle of an intersection before the light had turned green, when a MUNI bus came barrelling through despite a good solid red overhead. I only avoided a crash by turning in the direction the bus was travelling in; it came so close, I felt the kiss of steel along the length of my right side. The bus driver slammed on his brakes, stuck his head out his side window, looked me right in the terrified eye, and yelled, “A…”
To read the rest of the essay, please visit Momentum Planet.
This essay really resonated with me — especially because I’m steadily evolving into a more well-tempered cyclist. There were many times in the past when I was quick on the draw with a middle finger and a shouted curseword, and I made a commitment to change after spending a lot of cycling time with my good friend Alan Snel. Alan, a consummate cycling advocate, showed me that a thumbs-up, a friendly wave or any other positive acknowledgment of the motorists around us does far more to help our fellow two-wheelers than any shouting match, obscene gesture or physical confrontation ever could. Alan claims to have transformed several streets in our area into a far more bike-friendly atmosphere by simple acts like throwing the peace sign at every car that passes by, and by God — I think he’s right!
I’ve got a way to go, but Deb’s essay gives me encouragement to continue my evolution towards calmness and friendliness out on the roads.