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Green is the New Black

Moe and I along with the rest of the Bike Commuters staff totally believe in the whole going green movement that we’ve recently seen become popular. Heck even Priscilla doesn’t eat food that has a face on it, that’s her way of helping reduce cow farts and waste bovines create. I think for the most part bike commuters in general are pretty keen on helping the environment by riding their bikes.

With all that said, I kept finding articles and videos of suggestions on how to go green or how companies have gone green.

Check out this article: “10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green” It lists bike riding and walking as a #1 way to go green

# Re-route your commute.

* Walk or bike to work and save money on gas and parking while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.
* If you live far from your office, investigate the option of telecommuting. Or move closer—even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.
* If your streets are not conducive to biking or walking, lobby your municipal government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in decreased traffic and pollution.

TreeHugger has tons of tips on how to greenify your life. Here’s a few examples.

* How to Green Your Kids’ Toys
* How to Green Your Community
* How to Green Your Sex Life
* How to Green Your Coffee & Tea

Then there’s also this article on ABC’s website about how big companies are going green.

And finally, Al Gore…he made green sexy with his documentary.

Anywhoo, with what ever it is we’re doing to make our lives green, remember, the easiest way to do it is to…ride a bike.

Dealing With The Heat

Summer is rapidly approaching in many parts of the world, but it’s already made its appearance here in Florida. We’ve had summer-like temperatures for well over a month now, and with the recent tropical storm that passed through, humidity levels are ranging from 50% to 80%. That’s sticky!

How does a commuter combat the ravages of heat and humidity? Before I begin — know this: you cannot win against hot, humid conditions. A commuter can only hope to avoid the worst of the effects and come out only slightly withered.

First, and most importantly, hydrate. Drink plenty of water before, during and after a ride, no matter how short. Include sports drinks with electrolytes if you are a heavy sweat-producer.

Second, consider a change of clothes. Some commuters can get away with casual clothing at work, but for those of us who may need to have a more professional appearance, wearing a t-shirt or jersey and shorts and changing when getting to work is the only recourse. A pressed shirt and tie don’t look professional if there are huge sweatstains under your arms and on your back!! If you have to carry a change of clothes, consider panniers rather than a backpack or messenger bag and your back won’t get as sweaty.

Third, have your backup deodorant ready at work. Keep it in your desk and swab that stuff on liberally. Remember, your coworkers already think you’re crazy for riding; the last thing they need is to get a whiff of your sweaty, post-ride nastiness.

Fourth, try powdering “your boys” (or “girls”, as the case may be) before and possibly after your ride. Things tend to stick together less with a liberal coating of baby powder or cornstarch, if you get my drift…

Finally, give yourself some extra time to get to work — get there a few minutes early and find an out of the way place to “chill” for a few minutes before you have to get changed into your working duds.

It’s hot out there, kids — take care, try these tips and with a little luck, you’ll arrive in style. Your coworkers might never even know you rode to work!

Want your bicycle to sound like a Harley?

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) June 14, 2007 — SoundOfMotion.com, a division of Bass Object Technologies Inc., released a new version SoundOfMotion 2.0 of the bicycle computer for mobile devices. It includes a Java application and a specially designed Bluetooth wireless sensor. The application runs on any Java enabled mobile devices. Bluetooth is used for wireless connectivity to the sensor, attached to a bycycle’s wheel. Priced competitively with regular wireless bike computers at $69, the new version offers many additional features such as large color graphic display, travel data recording and sound simulation for safety.

Many cyclists carry their cell phones as a dead weight while riding a bicycle. SoundOfMotion.com will turn their mobile devices into an advanced cycle computer while allowing them to concurrently answer calls or listen to music through a Bluetooth wireless headset.

The specially designed Bluetooth wireless sensor is 250 times more accurate than traditional cycling computers with spoke based magnetic switches. This high accuracy is achieved from using a highly sensitive magnetic field sensor. It is capable of detecting as little as 1.5 degree of wheel rotation or less than 1 cm (1/3 of an inch) of linear motion. This new sensing technology opens a door to accurately measure speed and distance as well as torque and even cadence without any additional sensors.

Using advantages of a large color display, common in many mobile phones, the application shows speed, acceleration, distance and time in large digits, making it easy to read while pedaling in the sun or at night. The detailed travel data can be stored on a phone and uploaded to a computer in a spreadsheet format for training analysis.

One distinct safety feature of the device is a sound simulator. Cars and pedestrians often collide with cyclists on busy streets because they just can’t hear an approaching bicycle. Imagine, if your bicycle could sound like a Harley, or a horse, or even a steam train? You would definitely get their attention! On average, 750 bicycling fatalities and 50,000 injuries happen in the US yearly, mainly during the daytime.

The sound simulation technology allows MP3 enabled phones to play sounds through a mini-amplifier, the size of a PDA including 9V battery, accurately simulating the cyclist’s acceleration and speed. Current sound themes simulate motorcycle, horse and steam train. Like ringtones, users could also compose their own sounds. Riders could easily control the sound volume without taking their hands off the handle bar.

The sound simulation patent-pending technology was inspired by the founder, Vladimir Savchenko, originally for hybrid cars. “Hybrid cars are notoriously known to tangle with pedestrians and cyclists because of their silent electrical engines. As a hybrid driver, I constantly notice people crossing the street right in front of my car without realizing that car is moving.” After testing our sound simulation technology on bicycles we could see it also adopted by hybrid drivers.

The new version 2.0 has been released for the North American market. SoundOfMotion.com also offers lucrative worldwide licensing opportunities for its patent-pending technology.

http://soundofmotion.com