Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Has the automobile jumped the shark?

I'll start by saying I really enjoy the automobile, but C'mon Son!

It has 24 speakers, two 12.3 inch high resolution displays, hot stone massage chairs, 156 buttons and switches, and built in perfume dispenser. What I am describing is not a man cave, home theater, nor a boutique spa, it is the 2014 Mercedes Benz S Class.

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Has the driving experience in urban areas gotten that bad? Infotainment systems that allow drivers to receive audible updates from Facebook, Twitter, and email  have gone too far. Instead of numbing ourselves to the congestion around us let's relieve the congestion. Get out of the car and on a bike.

With the recent resurgence of the utility bike in the U.S. we have to question the value of the car for city dwellers. Automakers know the jig is up when they are installing an entire living room of technology for driver access on the road. According to the NHTS survey of 2009 the average car trip for shopping and errands is 6.75 miles, totally bike worthy. With in 7 miles of home the bike should be your first transportation option.

Do you think car technology has gotten out of hand? Where does the bike fit into your transportation toolbox?






Friday, May 17, 2013

Santa Monica business owner give bikelocally a thumbs up!

Tonight at our favorite Santa Monica ice cream shop the owner engaged me in a brief conversation. Chris listened intently as I explained the purpose of this site and it's personal meaning to me. He wanted to know about cargo bikes and what you could add on to an existing bike to increase the utility. Of course I gave him a primer on the Xtracycle products. This encounter with a local store owner further emboldened me to share the virtues of using cargo bike to get the most out of West Los Angeles.

Stay tuned for more, more often!