If you're up in Portland, Clever Cycles has placed their own fill-in order which we will be shipping tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 25th), so ride on over this weekend and get yourself a pair!
Hollywoodians, don't forget Orange 20 over by LACC, and those of you downunder can usually find a pair at Chainring Transit Authority and save a bit on shipping.
And whatever you wear, keep on riding!
Richard Risemberg on Mon, 24 Sep 2007 16:43:01 -0800 [link]
And it looks like our order of Classic Wool Knickers will be in by Friday, so our inventory will be topped off for a while. Good time to order for fall!
Hemp City Knickers are still in good stock, and over-the-knee Knicker Socks are being knit as we write! Expect them in three or four weeks, followed shortly thereafter by the James Black Hat.
All good stuff to keep you on your bike where you belong!
Richard Risemberg on Tue, 18 Sep 2007 19:10:34 -0800 [link]
The United States, with one car per driving-age citizen, releases more carbon dioxide into our planetís atmosphere than any other nation. I was raised to take personal responsibility for any damage that my actions cause. When I sent a baseball through my neighborís window, I knocked on the door, apologized for what I did, and then raided my piggy bank for the money to fix it. I didnít care if 100 other kids sent baseballs through windows and then ran and hid. I bet that you were also raised to stand up and do the right thing. Well, through no evil intentions (we were just playing ball), we have been breaking the Earth. We had no idea. But now we know, so what are we going to do?Read all of Jonathan Matthews's article in the Helena Independent Record.
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 13 Sep 2007 06:55:47 -0800 [link]
The first Australian city to go car free will gain a huge competitive advantage. Melbourne should not be looking for a single iconic building to win fame. Its whole central grid of streets and lanes is its icon.Read the entire article at theage.com.au.
Melbourne's civic spine is Swanston Street: it connects two great universities, the State Library, Melbourne Central Station, the main shopping precinct, the Town Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, the Yarra and the Arts Centre. Change must start with Swanston Street.
The first stage should be to close Swanston Street to all traffic except trams (and bikes), remove kerbs, repave the whole area so that it can be seen as a pedestrian precinct, and allow vehicle access for delivery only between 8pm and 8am.
The car parks must be closed. The land is too valuable to waste on car parking.
Richard Risemberg on Mon, 10 Sep 2007 14:59:07 -0800 [link]
There will be more showing up in the next week or two, so keep an eye on us!
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 08 Sep 2007 08:23:57 -0800 [link]
New York City is more populous than all but eleven states; if it were granted statehood, it would rank fifty-first in per-capita energy use.A dry-sounding statement on the face of it, but when you think for a moment, you realize it means that NYC is one of the most energy-efficient regions in the country.
More populated than all but eleven states, yet if it were a state, it would rank lowest in per-capita energy use!
Why? According to Owen, "Eighty-two per cent of Manhattan residents travel to work by public transit, by bicycle, or on foot." That's one big reason.
Likewise, all those apartments mean more energy efficiency: having only one or two walls exposed to the outside, rather than all four walls and a roof, means less heat gain or loss through those walls. And of course the reduced footprints of taller buildings means everything can be closer together, and that in turn means that regardless of transport mode used--subway, bus, foot, bike, or even car--you need not travel as far to get things done.
And it's a wealthy and exciting city with plenty of good food--what more could you want? I mean, if it were so awful to live there, then a 600-square-foot apartment wouldn't cost as much as a four-bedroom house in LA, would it?
Read the entire article (PDF): Green Manhattan
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 05 Sep 2007 07:05:51 -0800 [link]