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Human powered, times two…

This is Lloyd. I riding home today and he was in front of me towing his kayak and on the way to the harbor for a boat ride. I asked him a few questions (because I am considering getting a kayak as well..maybe next year) and also asked him if I could take his picture. He said yes. Thanks Lloyd, I hope you had a great bike/boat ride.

Urban Simplicity

Human powered, times two…

This is Lloyd. I riding home today and he was in front of me towing his kayak and on the way to the harbor for a boat ride. I asked him a few questions (because I am considering getting a kayak as well..maybe next year) and also asked him if I could take his picture. He said yes. This is another example of a bicycle as a viable form of transportation. Thanks Lloyd, I hope you had a great bike/boat ride.

Urban Simplicity

Need a Taxi?

Most cities have them, and as of the past few years so does Buffalo. I’m talking about human-powered taxis, of course. That’s Landon pictured above, owner/operator of the Allentown Pedicab Company, the newest pedal taxi company in our city. I first became aware of him when I saw an article of him and his small company on Buffalo Rising. I figured I’d eventually see him as he is based in the same neighborhood in which I live, and tonight I did. Speaking with him briefly, I found out that he built the trailer himself and that business is good. Anyhow, I thought I’d highlight someone local with a pedal powered business. If you are in the area and need a cab but don’t want to burn fossil fuel this may be your ride. If you want to make a reservation here’s his website.

Urban Simplicity.

Food for Thought (a pro-bike post)

I found these images at various locations with a simple Google search. As many of you know I’ve been car-lite for years and am recently car-free. It’s interesting that I’ve been without a car for nearly two months and I barely notice it (this winter will be the true test). And I realize that if you are reading this blog I am likely “preaching to the choir,” but I found these images interesting and thought I’d share. Peace.

Urban Simplicity.

This Looks Fun (and useful)

This looks really awesome…but mostly fun. I’m not sure how fast it would go but it would probably come in handy in the sometimes harsh winters we see here in Western New York…then I’d really have no reason not to ride even on the snowiest days. It’s made by Lightfoot Cycles; they make many human-powered vehicles, but at about $4000 (US) it’s a bit out of my price range. Anyhow to go directly to the page for this 4-wheeler, click here (sure looks like fun doesn’t it).

A Few Random Thoughts, Photos, and Comments

I pass the above apartment house on my way home from work and there are usually a few fixies locked to that or another parking meter. This one, which is also a fixed gear bike, at least has brakes and wide tires…it makes me cringe when I see people riding brakeless (sp?), skinny-tire bikes in the snow. And I’m still not sure why they lock their bikes outside 24/7…if it were me I’d bring it in my house…there’s always room; I keep mine parked in my living room.

This is directly across the street in front of my favorite used book store…and to me this is the sign of a good neighbor. Not only do they have one-of-a-kind bicycle racks to lock your bike, they shovel them out of the snow.


Lastly, am I the only one who has noticed how the price of gas has been creeping up again? It hasn’t been this expensive in three years…and it’s still climbing. And I know this next comment will infuriate some (but also make a few smile)…but I am actually glad the prices have gone up, and wouldn’t mind if they went higher. Maybe if it goes over $4/gl. again people, especially myself, will consider serious transportation changes…in my case, use my gas-powered vehicle even less.To read this through the lens of living in the Netherlands I suggest you read this blog post.

Bicycle Powered Christmas Tree

A friend sent me a link a few weeks ago (thanks Suzy!) about Christmas trees in Barcelona that are powered by bike (click here to read the story). A series of bikes are attached to generators and passersby are encouraged to take a spin for a minute or two to keep the trees lit…pretty cool. There’s a similar set up in (not surprising and very timely) Copenhagen (click here). Too bad the States doesn’t take a similar approach with the tree at Rockefeller Center.

Pedal Your Laundry

This short video was sent to me by a regular reader of this blog (thanks M.). Last year I finally got a washer and dryer, the 6 years prior I carried my dirty clothes to the laundromat (mostly) by bike…what I should have done was washed my clothes by bike. I’ve been contemplating different pedal-powered generators for a while…but they are expensive (which seems ironic…you have to spend a lot of money to save a lot of money, and help the environment). Anyhow, the video is pretty interesting. It’s by a guy named Homeless Dave, click here for his website.

The Future Of The Automobile?

When I first saw this photo I was (and still am…a little) somewhat speechless (how much does that weigh, I wonder)…talk about reversed roles. By the looks of it, this photo was taken somewhere in Latin America. I love the fact that he is pedaling down the street with other cars. It would be interesting to pedal this car-carcass through the parking lot of a suburban mall and park it next to a hummer. This shows what a human powered vehicle is truly capable of.

To see some of the things I’ve carried on my bike (trust me, none of them come close to carrying a car body), click here.