Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Turn Em In is a software program written for the Palm OS that quickly allows you to document unsafe driving behavior. With this tool, you can get the facts down quick, so the dangerous driver can be removed from the road.

Monday, September 27, 2004

As Kryptonite struggles to respond to a whirlwind of bad publicity about their Bic pen-vulnerable U-locks, things are buzzing at a bicycle security discussion group I established a week ago.
You can now rent a Segway in Oakland, California. The prices aren't cheap.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

If you own a Kryptonite U-lock for your bicycle, listen up. The Internet is buzzing with the news that it can be opened with a Bic pen. I've seen convincing video. Kryptonite's Web site doesn't acknowledge the problem, but this AP story says Kryptonite is accelerating the development of a new, pen-resistant lock. No mention of any refunds to customers. Can Kryptonite be held liable? Meanwhile, guard your bikes and get new locks. What a tragedy for everyday bicycle transportation use.

Monday, September 13, 2004

And then Giuseppe Cannella invented the jet-powered wheelchair in 2004, and sidewalks were never entirely safe again.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Earlier this summer at a technology conference, I heard about an innovative program in the U.K. to tie the cost of auto insurance to the miles driven by a driver. Norwich Union, the U.K.'s largest insurance group, has a Web page descibing this option. The program leverages the location services available in today's mobile phones to track drivers' movements. If this makes enough sense, and if privacy concerns don't torpedo it, we'll see the idea spread worldwide, having a beneficial effect on encouraging alternatives to getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.